Prior to beginning his pupillage, Charlie worked as a paralegal at one of the UK’s largest energy brokerage firms. His work generally consisted of defending claims in the pre-action stage, as well as assisting with bundling, instructions to counsel and drafting. As a result of his work as a paralegal, Charlie has significantly improved his knowledge of commercial contracts. Working alongside a team of solicitors allowed Charlie to gain a deeper insight into the fundamentals of litigation, as well as gain knowledge in an unregulated and ever-expanding area of law. Charlie believes that this will assist him greatly once he begins his commercial practice.
Charlie has recently graduated with a first-class Masters in Law at Northumbria University. During the course of his degree, he also completed his Bar Vocational Training, achieving a grade of ‘Outstanding’. Notably, he excelled in his opinion writing module, ‘Civil Professional Practice’. He investigated the topic of international environmental space law for his Legal Research Dissertation. Beyond his academic achievements, Charlie has participated in numerous international moots, most notably winning a moot hosted by the University of Sarajevo that concerned international maritime arbitration. In addition, Charlie also placed as a finalist in a commercial negotiation competition hosted by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London.
Charlie has recently undertaken a mediation accreditation course with the Society of Mediators which he eventually hopes to utilise in his commercial practice.
Outside of work, Charlie enjoys cinema, rock-climbing and basketball.