After matriculating from Bishops (Diocesan College), Charles obtained his law degree from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein in 1996.
After completing his articles at a well-regarded southern suburbs firm, where he worked under the supervision of the firm’s litigation partner and being admitted as an attorney of the Western Cape High Court, Charles worked for two years as a Junior Trust Officer at a Cape Town based trust and investment management business before deciding to move to London.
Upon his move to London in 2001, Charles first worked for a large London local authority, undertaking mainly litigation work, while studying for admission as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
In 2004 Charles joined the General Medical Council, regulator for all registered doctors in the UK, as a solicitor providing strategic and operational legal advice to various client departments and committees and conducting litigation and fitness to practice hearings on behalf of the GMC. In 2008 Charles was appointed as a Principal Legal Adviser in which role he was responsible for a team of solicitors and paralegals and was a member of the legal department’s management team.
Charles returned with his family to Cape Town in late 2011 and after taking some time off with his young family took up a positon in mid-2012 as the head of the Medical Malpractice Department at DSC attorneys, a large, well-known, personal injury firm in the city. Charles remained in this role until mid-2016 when he was appointed as Head of Litigation Services at Cognia Law, a legal business offering legal process outsourcing services to local and international law firms in south African, Europe and the United States.
Charles’ desire to return to legal practice as a self-employed practitioner led him to leaving Cognia in April 2018 to work as a consultant with primary focus on providing litigation consulting services. While Charles remains available to provide his consulting services to a number of firms, he has worked mainly with Henwoods, as an associate, during the past year.