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Charles
Raffin

“A practical and very bright advocate, who is very good with clients and has good attention to detail.” Legal 500, 2016  

Year of call: 2005

Introduction

Charles specialises in commercial and commercial chancery work and has a wealth of experience in domestic and international arbitration.

Featured as one of the 10 'most acclaimed young barristers making their mark' at the Chancery Commercial Bar in Legal Week's Stars at the Bar, Charles advises regularly on company and corporate governance issues and related disputes and is recognised in the Legal 500 for his Insolvency work.

As part of his commercial practice, Charles has extensive experience of advising in professional negligence and construction related proceedings.

As well as advising clients in the UK, Charles’ practice has a strong international edge. He acts regularly for instructing firms and/or clients based in mainland Europe, Russia, the Americas, Caribbean and the Far East. Much of Charles’ practice involves working with foreign Counsel, expert witnesses of foreign law and conflicts of laws issues.

Before joining Hardwicke, Charles spent three years as an employed barrister in the International Arbitration and Litigation Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP. Since joining chambers, Charles has enjoyed a secondment with pre-eminent litigation funders, Harbour Litigation Funding Ltd and worked in both the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas with leading law firm Graham Thompson. Charles has worked, and continues to act, on matters before the Turks and Caicos and Bahamian Supreme Courts and Courts of Appeal as well as in Caribbean seated arbitrations.

Charles has great experience working with clients, within a firm team and of assisting and advising as to case management (including electronic data management and the preparation of witness evidence) in document heavy cases of the highest value.

Charles speaks regularly on topics such as applications for security for costs, tactics in international arbitration and the enforcement of judgments and awards in litigation, arbitration and construction adjudication.

Charles is a committed supporter of pro-bono work and speaks to groups of students of different ages and backgrounds about pursuing careers in the law. Please see further "Access to the legal profession" below. 

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Recent examples include:

Co-Author of Electronic Disclosure Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, first edition October 2017 (with Michael Wheater).

Speaker at the second English-Cypriot Law Day 2017, Limassol September 2017 on “Developments in the Common Law of England and Wales: Backward Tracing”.

Contributor to:

Author of various articles including: Practical Law's Arbitration Blog: Disclosure and production in arbitration: finding the right framework and Seeking Equitable Remedies in Tort Claims, LexisNexis PSL.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BA (Hons) Oxford
  • Queen Mother and Lord Justice Sachs Scholar of the Middle Temple
  • MCIArb, YIAG and IBA Arbitration Committee
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • CFLA
  • COMBAR
  • LCLCBA
  • TECBAR

Access to the legal profession

Charles often writes and speaks to young audiences about the realities of working as a solicitor and barrister, helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the legal profession. Recent activities have included: 

LegalCheek blog: From international law firm to Bar: Law remains about dealing with people

LegalCheek event: Where will the next generation of advocates come from and how will they train?