Charles regularly represents defendants accused of the most serious organised criminality.
Featured Organised Crime cases
R v L 
Combined Operations, Wisdom and Arbus, into three separate kidnap and blackmail allegations where the victims were caused life changing injuries. Alleged offences occurred both in England and Wales. Trial involves 12 defendants and will be tried over 16 weeks. Cardiff Crown Court.
R v W 
Operation Bexley: 5-week conspiracy to supply class A trial – expert evidence called – Lewes Crown Court – acquitted of the conspiracy.
R v Torhovs 
Importation of £3m+ cocaine from Latvia into UK – Canterbury CC – hung jury after 2-week trial – acquitted on retrial
R v AM 
SSO imposed at the end of lengthy proceedings for defendant’s second PWITS Class A case, including a separate escape from custody. Successful opposition to Crown’s forfeiture application re. monies proved to have come legitimately from a well-known Belgium football player. Kingston Crown Court.
R v Coppin and others 
Honeytrap conspiracy to rob trial. Four days before Rec Clegg QC at Chelmsford Crown Court. Complex bad character and successful s.78 PACE argument surrounding her interview. Acquitted.
R v Chipunza 
Flying Squad Operation into two armed robberies of banks in Essex. Case involved substantial legal arguments over a tainted police ID from CCTV; narratives from missing other CCTV; ANPR without proper RIPA authorisations; and a separate non PACE compliant civilian ID procedure. Two-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court. HHJ Turner QC described Defence Counsel as ‘exemplary’.
R v Charles 
Large-scale violent disorder on the streets on Notting Hill between members of the ‘10/11′ gang and the ‘harrow road boys’. It involved the discharge of a hand gun and the use of machetes. Three weeks at Isleworth Crown Court. Successfully contested CBO terms which would have prevented him producing music with Fredo. Case features in BBC’s ‘Defending Digga D’.
R v Ahmed  Operation Yahtool
Investigation into the sale of a loaded pump action shotgun, purportedly used in a murder days before, to members of a gang in South Kilburn. Two weeks at Isleworth Crown Court. Acquitted of main allegation.
R v Kingswell-Shaw 
Operation Holms II. Conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary of a drugs factory in the north of England by another gang in Bedford. Five weeks at Harrow Crown Court. Convicted but served no additional sentence.
R v Beech 
Operation Wisdom: Conspiracy to burgle ATMs £500k+ and conspiracy to rob a drug dealer. Cell site, Covert Video and Audio Surveillance, Voice Analysis. Lewes Crown Court.
R v Joseph 
Operation Holms II: Conspiracy to supply drugs into both prisons and Luton Crown Court during the currency of a trial. 11 defendants. ‘K Block’ gang-related case. More than 300 pages of legal argument uploaded. Drill music videos, picture messaging, text message and certain call data excluded. Six-week trial at Harrow Crown Court. Acquitted of one and convicted of other counts.
R v W [2016-9]
Over the course of three years, he has represented this client across 14 separate indictments alleging various offences from harassment to robbery to mortgage fraud. W was acquitted in all but two cases – one by his own plea to one count on a four-count indictment, leading to a community order; the other by a jury, where he came close to successfully pleading insanity through a dissociative fugue to three counts of shoplifting. Four psychiatrists called. Sentence ultimately challenged in the Court of Appeal.
R v Finn 
Operation Scrabble: Conspiracy to kidnap. Firearms and other weapons used in the context of maintaining a successful County Line. Set down for four weeks at St Albans Crown Court. Acquitted.
R v Singh 
Complex case concerning a black money scam which resulted in a man’s untimely death. Manslaughter, false imprisonment, perverting the course of justice. Pathology, telecoms data, voice recognition. Led Junior. Seven weeks at Nottingham Crown Court before a HCJ. Acquitted of all counts.
R v Ballard 
Operation Einsteineum: Robbery amongst a wider conspiracy to steal motor cars in order to commit commercial burglaries. 13,000 pages. Croydon Crown Court. Acquitted.
R v Shah 
Operation Tornado: Flying Squad case of kidnap and blackmail. Prosecuted by a silk. After a day of negotiations and legal argument, prosecution was persuaded to accept a plea to theft. Client was given a suspended sentence order.