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Charles Dougherty QC

Call 1997
Silk 2013

cdougherty@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

"Instantly inspires confidence; he is razor sharp in his analysis but down to earth with clients"

Chambers UK 2017

"An exceptionally intelligent man, who just gets things and runs with them"

Chambers UK 2017

"He thinks outside the box of points nobody else has."

Legal 500 2017

"phenomenal brain and commercial sense"

Legal 500 2016

Charles specialises in commercial law, in particular commercial fraud, professional negligence, private international law and insurance. Prior to joining 2TG, Charles was a management consultant and a law lecturer.

He is recommended in the legal directories for commercial dispute resolution, insurance and reinsurance, commercial fraud, travel, product liability and professional negligence. He is an assistant editor of European Civil Practice (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd ed). He has also been called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands and ad hoc to the Bar of Nevis. He accepts appointments to sit as an arbitrator.

Charles is a director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited.

Art & Cultural Property

Charles is recognised for his niche art and cultural property practice. He acts for leading artists, collectors, galleries, auction houses and museums in a variety of commercial, ownership, insurance, valuation, authenticity, attribution, cross-border and fraud claims.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Experience of major contractual disputes, in particular cases involving sale and supply of goods and services, directors’ duties, licensing agreements, breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duty, restrictive covenants, breach of warranty claims, restitution, rectification and misrepresentation. He has particular experience of dealing with Art claims, acting for well-known artists, private collectors, leading museums, galleries and dealers. He is recommended in Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Legal 500 for commercial dispute resolution.

Commercial Fraud

Wide experience of handling complex fraud claims (including claims involving deceit, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, conspiracy and conversion), in particular cross-border tracing and urgent applications to locate and freeze assets and preserve evidence. He also lectures extensively to solicitors on fraud matters, in particular freezing orders, search orders and asset tracing. He is recognised by Chambers UK as a leading barrister in the field.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Wide experience of insurance/reinsurance disputes (including Lloyd’s disputes) arising out of a range of different covers, including property, product, aviation, life, fidelity, professional indemnity, jewellers, employer’s liability, public liability, personal accident and business interruption. He has also acted in a large number of cases for and against brokers. He has particular experience of dealing with fraudulent claims and claims with a multi-jurisdictional element. He is recommended in Chambers UK as a leading insurance silk.

He was named ‘Insurance Junior of the Year’ at the 2012 Chambers Bar Awards.

Charles was shortlisted as Insurance Silk of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2016.

Charles is a director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited.

Life and Health Insurance

Charles has experience of handling complex high value life, permanent health and critical illness cases. He has particular experience of dealing with fraudulent claims. He is recommended in Chambers UK as a leading insurance silk and was shortlisted as Insurance Silk of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2016. He also accepts appointments to sit as an arbitrator.

Product Liability

Charles has a strong product liability practice, focussed in particular on complex cases with an international element. Recent cases have involved prosthetic hip implants, pumps, electrical plugs, breast implants and fridges. He is recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leading product liability silk.

Professional Negligence

Considerable experience of claims involving barristers, solicitors and insurance intermediaries. He is an editor of 2TG’s professional negligence journal, On Duty. He is recognised by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leading professional negligence silk.

Charles is a director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited.

Property Damage

Charles handles complex high value property damage claims. Recent claims have arisen out of fires, explosions, the August 2011 riots and flooding. He has a strong understanding of the difficult technical issues which often arise in such cases.

Travel

Regularly handles cases involving jurisdiction and choice of law disputes.

Charles has particular experience of the Brussels Regulation, the Rome Convention, Rome I, the Private (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995, Rome II and of anti-suit injunctions.

He is an assistant editor of European Civil Practice, Sweet & Maxwell (2nd Ed.), a major two-volume work on the Brussels Regulation.

He is recommended in Chambers UK as a leading ‘Travel’ silk.

Private International Law

Regularly handles cases involving jurisdiction and choice of law disputes.

Charles has particular experience of the Brussels Regulation, Rome l, the Private (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995, Rome ll and of anti-suit injunctions.

He is an assistant editor of European Civil Practice, Sweet and Maxwell (2nd Ed.) , a major two-volume work on the Brussels Regulation.

He is recognised in the legal directories for his private international law expertise.