Charles Edwards

Charles Edwin Edwards

Charles Edwin Edwards (2002), MSt(Cantab) MSc(Lond) of Middle Temple, Barrister (England and Wales), Adjudicator (Head of Chambers)

Charles is a first-class dual qualified barrister who was called to the Bar in 2002 by Middle Temple. Charles specialises in construction and engineering disputes, adjudication, litigation, domestic and international arbitration, commercial law, insolvency and property. Charles is an extremely bright and confident fearless barrister with a fine eye for detail. His is also technically brilliant and very commercial.

Charles has extensive legal experience in a wide range of disputes and advisory work in construction and engineering law. He has a strong advisory, adjudication and litigation practice. Charles’s knowledge and insight has been described as “unparalleled’. Charles’s “grasp and in-depth knowledge of construction, construction law and dispute resolution…is second to none.” Charles is “… extremely dedicated, precise and utterly relentless…”. He has been described as “…a leading thinker in the construction law field” and is “an advocate you most certainly want on your side”. Charles practices covers all standard forms of construction contracts, incuding JCT2011, JCT2016, NEC3, NEC4, ICE, FIDIC, ICHEME as well as bespoke forms contract. Charles is a public access accredited Barrister with full rights of audience before every court in England and Wales and has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. Charles is available for direct appointments by companies and organisations in the construction industry on a public access basis.

Charles also has extensive legal experience in representing clients in chancery and commercial law matters and has provided first class legal advice, drafting and robust representation in matters involving, commercial litigation, partnership disputes, corporate insolvency, company law, solicitors negligence, insurance disputes, property law and arbitration.

Charles is meticulous and excellent at mastering the detail in complex cases for his clients. He is an excellent advocate and provides robust representation in the High Court, Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Arbitration, Mediation, Adjudication and other tribunals.

He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (Departments of Engineering and Architecture) and Centre of Construction Law at King’s College London. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES), a member of the JCT Council (the Joint Contracts Tribunal), a member of the Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR), the Chancery Bar Association and the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.

  • Barrister (2002)
  • Middle Temple
  • Public Access Accredited Barrister
  • MSt(Cantab) University of Cambridge, Wolfson College
  • MSc (Lond) King’s College London
  • University of Law
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Adjudicator
  • TECBAR Adjudication Training
  • Fellow of the Chartered Insitution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)
  • Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)
  • King’s College Construction Law Association
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators
  • JCT Council Member (The Joint Contracts Tribunal
  • Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES)
  • Construction Law Specialism Working Group Member (CICES)
  • Panel Member of the Contracts and Dispute Resolution Panel (CICES)

Payment – Cash is King – Legal Update: Talk on behalf of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

A presentation on payment, in particular a legal update on recent developments in the case law on payment and some practical points for payees and payers to help avoid pitfalls in relation payment. Payment in the construction industry continues to remain one the biggest problems for all those involved in the industry. This talk will provide an update on payment, in particular on recent developments in the case law in relation to payment, pay less notices, enforcement of payment, challenges to payment, recovery of payment, identifying key trends from the courts in their approach to issues regarding payment and some practical points for payees and payers to help avoid the pitfalls identified in relation to payment.

Date: 19th November 2019

Venue: Middle Temple

The Queen’s Room
Middle Temple Lane
London
EC4Y 9AT

Booking details via the following link on the CICES website:
https://www.cices.org/news/events/payments-cash-is-king-legal-update/

Letters of Intent – Talk on behalf of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

A presentation on to learn about the issues arising from the use of letters of intent and crucially the do’s and do not’s. The continued use of Letters of Intent and the subsequent potential issues which may arise are a continuing challenge for the construction industry. This event arranged at the prestigious Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court situated in the City of London will discuss the issues arising from the use of letters of intent and crucially the do’s and do not’s to be followed if you so choose to use this method of early engagement.

Date: 11th September 2019

Venue: Middle Temple

The Queen’s Room
Middle Temple Lane
London
EC4Y 9AT

Booking details via the following link on the CICES website:
https://www.cices.org/news/events/letters-of-intent/

 

Talk at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Thames Valley Branch) (JCT/NEC3 and PPC2000)

Keynote Speech on Dispute Resolution at Olympia London Exhibition Centre (Dispute Resolution)

  • Charles Edwards, Barrister and Adjudicator gave a keynote speech on Dispute Resolution at the T10+ Business Show at Olympia London. The successful keynote speech was titled: “Key Steps Towards Successful Dispute Resolution Management”

Talk for an International Engineering Company involved in the Construction Industry (Letters of Intent)

  • Charles Edwards, Barrister and Adjudicator was invited by an international engineering company to give a talk on Letters of Intent at their annual training day. This included amongst other things, the dangers of proceeding with Construction Works on Letters of Intent.
  1. The Conduct of Litigation in the Technology and Construction Court: Recent Guidance from the TCC
  2. Beware of the Payment and Time related provisions in the JCT Standard Building Contract 2011: Recent guidance from the High Court (TCC)
  3. Adjudicators’ Decisions: Recovery of Overpayments, Time Bars and Limitation Periods – Supreme Court Guidance
  4. Arbitration Act 1996 and the Insolvency Rules 1986: Guidance from the High Court
  5. NEC3 Contract – Project Manager reversing his decision: Can a Second Adjudicator consider the First Adjudicator’s Decision? – High Court (TCC) Guidance
  6. Employer’s application for judgment against Contractor rejected in the High Court (TCC): Statements made in an ‘Offer’ did not constitute ‘Admissions’
  7. The UK Supreme Court considers over 100 years of law and provides useful guidance in determining what is a Penalty Clause
  8. JCT Building Contract: What is meant by an “Appropriate Deduction” and how should it be calculated? – Guidance from the High Court (TCC)
  9. NEC3 Conditions of Contract (as amended): How many potholes constitute a Compensation Event? – Adjudication, Arbitration and then the High Court (TCC)
  10. Practical Completion: Construction Contracts
  11. Incorporation of Terms and Conditions: Battle of the forms – useful guidance from the High Court (TCC)
  12. Construction Adjudication: Cherry picking what is submitted to Adjudication
  13. FIDIC Yellow Book: Major Construction Project, Extension of Time, Conditions Precedent, Termination of Contract – Guidance from the High Court
  14. Arbitration: Enforcement of a Dubai Arbitration Award in the High Court in England – The Approach of the High Court to section 103 of the Arbitration Act 1996
  15. Dangers of Proceeding with Construction Works using Letters of Intent
  16. The Adjudicator simply got it wrong: Challenging Adjudicator’s Decisions using Part 8 proceedings in the High Court – Guidance from the High Court (TCC)
  17. Non-Payment in Construction Contracts and Winding-Up Petitions: Guidance from the High Court (Chancery Division)
  18. NEC3 Contracts: Have you agreed a change to your Contract orally or by conduct or does it need to be in writing (Clause 12.3)

LinkedIn:
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Twitter accounts:
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@Const_Barrister

  • JCT Council Member (Joint Contracts Tribunal), ICES Representitive
  • Panel Member of the Contracts and Dispute Resolution Panel (CICES)
  • Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, Member of the Commercial Management and Practices Committee (CICES)
  • Construction Law Specialism Working Group Member (CICES)

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