Charles advises extensively on compensation and wayleave hearings and provides expert evidence relating to utility apparatus and associated rights.
His work includes providing expert evidence at arbitration proceedings and advising developers, consortiums and international clients on utilities affecting large-scale developments within the UK.
Charles is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is joint author of Electricity Wayleaves, Easements and Consents: Litigation Practice and Procedure (2007) and an accredited expert witness having undertaken the Advanced Professional Award run by Legal Experience Training for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Charles has given presentations on utility rights to the Compulsory Purchase Association, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and numerous legal and surveying practices.
How do you help clients?
I enjoy helping clients to free up development sites hindered by utility apparatus, with the majority agreed without financial contribution by developer clients.
- Advising the successful claimant in Miller Homes v Yorkshire Electricity Distribution plc (2008).
- Negotiating the removal of a high voltage overhead line in South East England to enable residential development to occur at a saving of £12m to the developers.
- Agreeing the removal of a high voltage overhead line to enable large scale residential development to take place in North East Bristol at an estimated cost of £10m without charge to the developer client.
- Advising on the removal of 2km of high voltage overhead line in southern England to enable full residential development to take place.
- Advising on large scale development projects (each in excess of 4,000 plots) to occur unhindered by overhead lines.