Charles Davey (1989)

Charles Davey (1989)

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 1989 Public Access Accredited
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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.





Areas of Law

Charles Davey (1989) is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Approved for the following panels:
  • Costs
  • Employment
  • Approved for the following panels:
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Land & Property
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Road Traffic

Outside of these key areas of law, Charles Davey (1989) is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Charles direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.

Cases and Publications

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

Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback

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Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


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