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

Charles Edwards is a first class barrister with expertise in construction and engineering law, adjudication, commercial litigation, arbitration, commercial law.  Charles is an extremely bright, confident and a fearless barrister with a fine eye for detail, technically brilliant and very commercial.

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Comments made about Charles include:

High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench Division

“...Counsel for the Claimant’s skeleton argument was excellent…”

Director (Top 5 UK Contractor)  

“…in a recent adjudication conducted against a large multi- national corporation…Charles was instrumental in putting together the adjudication documents and dealing with all correspondence from the opposing side’s solicitors …in an adjudication that  proved to be very successful in its conclusion…I have no hesitation in recommending Charles to others and…look forward to working with him in future…”

Commercial Director

“…I worked with Charles on a number of complex construction disputes and found  his grasp and in-depth knowledge of construction, construction law and dispute resolution to be second to none…”

Partner (LLP)

“We have known and worked with Charles on a regular basis over several years. We have found Charles to not only be friendly, approachable and professional, but his advice is considered, diligent and thorough. Our relationship with Charles has evolved to a point where he is our first port of call in litigious matters, with our supply chain also specifically requesting his services”

Director (UK multidisciplinary practice)

“Having had the privilege of working with Charles I can say he is extremely dedicated, precise and utterly relentless. A leading thinker in the construction law field, and an advocate you most certainly want on your side.”

Practice and Expertise includes:

Charles Edwards advises on all aspects of construction and engineering law (non-contentious and contentious).  Charles has significant legal experience in advising, drafting and representation in connection with major construction projects and the resolution of complex construction and engineering disputes and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (Departments of Engineering and Architecture) and King’s College London (Centre of Construction Law).

Charles has a sound understanding of the Construction Industry and provides first class legal advice, drafting and robust representation for contractors, subcontractors, property developers, quantity surveyors, project managers, consulting engineers, architects, employers and investors in construction and engineering law matters.  This includes legal advice, drafting and robust representation in connection disputes arising from standard forms of construction contracts (JCT Contracts/JCT2011, JCT2016, NEC3 Contracts, NEC4 Contracts, FIDIC, PPC2000) and bespoke contracts.  This includes payment and valuation disputes, final account disputes, disputes over defective work, late completion of work, delays and extensions of time, liquidated damages, the review of construction contracts and their interpretation, contractual liability, design liability, termination, insolvency matters connected to construction and engineering contracts and dispute resolution (adjudication, arbitration, litigation and mediation).

Charles Edwards is barrister, an adjudicator, a member of the Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR), a member of the Society of Construction Law, the Chancery Bar Association and the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.

Charles also has extensive legal experience in chancery and commercial law matters and has provided legal advice, drafting and robust representation in matters involving, commercial litigation, partnership disputes, company law, solicitors negligence, insurance disputes, insolvency, property disputes and arbitration.  Charles Edwards was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2002 by Middle Temple.

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 County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Arbitration, Mediation, Construction Adjudication and other Tribunals.

Areas of Expertise include:

  • Construction and Engineering Law
  • Construction Adjudication
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law


  • Barrister (2002)
  • MSt (Cantab) University of Cambridge
  • MSc (Lond) King’s College London
  • PGDL, The University of Law
  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law, Gray’s Inn
  • Adjudicator
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
  • Public Access Accredited Barrister with rights to appear before and conduct litigation in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (England and Wales)

Professional Associations

  • 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)

Talks/Training and Seminars

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

Booking details via the following link on the CICES website:

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

Booking details via the following link on the CICES website:

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.

Articles/Case Summaries

  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)


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