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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 has been recognised for a number of years in the Legal 500 for his Insolvency work.

He advises regularly on insolvency matters, company and corporate governance issues/disputes, civil fraud and related professional negligence matters. His broad commercial practice includes acting frequently in cross border sale of goods, agency and franchising disputes, as well as disputes arising out of construction projects.

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 (particularly the Turks and Caicos and Bahamas) and the Far East. Much of Charles’ practice involves working with foreign Counsel, expert witnesses of foreign law and with conflicts of laws issues. Charles acts as an expert of English law in foreign proceedings.

At the start of his career, Charles spent three years as an associate in the International Arbitration and Litigation Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP. He has great experience working with clients, within a firm team and of advising and working on case management (including electronic data management) in document heavy cases of the highest value.

A contributor to a number of publications, Charles is co-author of Electronic Disclosure Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, 2017.

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 (with Michael Wheater).

Speaker at the third English-Cypriot Law Day 2018, Nicosia July 2018 on “Impending Changes to Document Disclosure and Production in England and Wales”.

Speaker at the Hardwicke Commercial and Construction Law Masterclass on “eDisclosure in International Arbitration”, Dubai April 2018.

Panelist at the CEA Belgian Chapter, Third Annual Conference: The present and near future of new technologies in arbitration, Brussels February 2018.

Speaker, with Lesley Anderson QC, at the Seminar: E-Disclosure: Preparing for the New Pilot Programme, February 2018.

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:

  • Paul Reed QC, Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell 2018.
  • Paul Reed QC’s Construction All Risks Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell, 2014 and to the second edition published in 2016.
  • Insurance Broking: Practice and the Law, Informa.

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?