Charles Davey (1989) 

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member

General Information

Charles is an experienced civil practitioner of depth and diversity and is popular as a confident, robust and skilful advocate who enjoys a challenge.

He is based in Hertfordshire and enjoys a varied practice which takes him nationwide.

Key areas of practice:

Commercial, Chancery & Property

Charles practises chiefly in contentious work involving:

• Chancery: landlord and tenant, boundaries, covenants, conveyancing disputes.
• Commercial: sale of goods, contractual and commercial disputes
• Professional Indemnity: professional negligence of solicitors and surveyors


Charles has extensive employment experience, both contentious and non-contentious. He has appeared in numerous cases before Employment Tribunals, advised many clients on Compromise Agreements and drafts contracts of employment and employer policies. He also advises French business clients in French on English employment law.

Personal Injury

Charles conducts personal injury work at all levels including road traffic and fraud cases. His industrial disease experience includes NIHL/WRULD, Industrial Deafness, Vibration White Finger, Occupational Stress, and asbestos related disease.


He is regularly instructed in costs matters for both paying and receiving parties including in Senior Court Costs Office cases.

Human Rights

Charles has advised and represented many clients including in claims arising out of alleged police misconduct, particularly in a case in which the jury awarded damages of £600,000.

Other areas

In addition to his key areas, Charles has a wealth of experience, and accepts instructions in, most common law areas including contract, credit hire (Defendant), consumer law, and insolvency.  He has also been instructed in professional regulatory work before the General Medical Council and is particularly interested in developing regulatory work generally as part of his practice.

He is also accredited to undertake public access work.


Charles is a member of the Employment Bar Association


Charles is married with three children. He is a fluent French speaker and a keen Francophile having lived in France for several years and written several books about living and working there.




"....extremely satisfied with you (Charles Davey) and would certainly recommend you as a Barrister .... None compare to your professional and courteous manner."

Lay client Bank manager in relation to compromise agreement

Thank you (Charles Davey) for your excellent professional advice and assistance in dealing with this difficult matter.

Lay client Television presenter in employment matter

I wanted to write and take this opportunity to thank you (Charles Davey) for all your kind help and support ...I truly feel that if you had not picked up on this case we would still be waiting. I hope you can be of assistance in the future, it has been a pleasure speaking with you.

Lay client Employment Agent in fees dispute

Thank you again, Charles (Davey) for your companionship through this matter.

Michael Public Access client, solicitor negligence dispute


Reported Cases

Laroche v Spirit of Adventure (UK) Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 12: applicability of Warsaw Convention to balloon accidents


“The English of Law” published by Belin and written in conjunction with staff at the University of Paris II, France’s most prestigious law faculty

“The Complete Guide to Buying a Property in France” published by Kogan Page and a selection of other books about buying property and living and working abroad

Charles Davey (1989)

phone01823 247 247

Qualified in 1989