Charles specialises in all aspects of non-contentious restructuring and insolvency, advising banks, insolvency practitioners, company directors and creditors on all aspects of the insolvency process, with particular emphasis on company voluntary arrangements and administrations in the retail and hospitality sector.

Known for his excellent technical skill and commercial awareness, Charles has recently advised on a number of high profile retail CVAs (Poundstretcher, Moss Bros, Jigsaw, Monsoon Accessorize Limited, Accessorize Limited, Office Outlet (formerly Staples), Supercuts and Select Fashions).  Charles also advised in connection with the restructuring of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited, culminating in the implementation of a CVA, and continues to advise the administrators of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited following the failure of the CVA.

Charles’ notable experience includes:

  • advising the administrators of Harveys and Bensons for Beds;

    advising Healthy Retail (trading as Pure), Thai Leisure Group and Iberica Restaurants in connection with their successful CVAs;

  • advising the directors of Office Outlet (a company operating from 87 stores formerly under the Staples brand) in connection with its company voluntary arrangement;

  • advising Regis UK Limited, trading as Supercuts, a company operating hairdressing and beauty salons from 223 outlets, in connection with its restructuring through a company voluntary arrangement;

  • advising the administrators of Gelpack Excelsior Limited and Gelpack Industrial Limited;

  • advising the administrators of the Sealine group of companies;

  • advising the administrators of the Ham Baker Group of companies;

Having graduated with a degree in European Law from the University of Warwick and the University of Lille, Charles completed his LPC at Nottingham Law School before qualifying in 2001. Charles joined Shoosmiths in 2008.


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