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Charles Dougherty QC

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2TG – 2 Temple Gardens (2TG – 2 Temple Gardens)


Specialist in commercial law, in particular commercial fraud, banking, professional negligence, private international law and insurance. Experience of major contractual disputes, in particular cases involving sale and supply of goods and services, directors’ duties, director disqualification proceedings, licensing agreements, breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duty, restrictive covenants, breach of warranty claims, restitution, rectification and misrepresentation. Significant experience of security for costs applications and interim injunctions. Complex fraud claims (including claims involving deceit, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, conspiracy and conversion), in particular cross-border tracing and urgent applications to locate and freeze assets and preserve evidence. Insurance/reinsurance disputes (including Lloyd’s disputes) arising out of a range of different covers, including property, life, fidelity, professional indemnity, jewellers, employer’s liability, public liability, personal accident and business interruption. A large number of cases for and against brokers. Particular experience of dealing with fraudulent claims and claims with a multi-jurisdictional element. He has also advised leading insurers on various aspects of the impact of FSMA. Acknowledged expert on the application of Brussels Regulation, Rome l, the Private (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995, Rome ll and of anti-suit injunctions. Also maintains a strong product liability practice, focussed in particular on complex cases with an international element. Recent illustrative cases: Ace European Ltd v Rolls- Royce (Com Ct) (2009-2012) [2010] EWHC 1869 insurance; scope of cover; jurisdiction. Munin Navigation v Petrodel Explorer (CA/ Com Ct) (2011-2012) [2012] EWCA Civ 136 Oil exploration; breach of contract. Hi-Lite Electrical Ltd v Wolseley UK Ltd (TCC) (2009-2011) [2011] EWHC 2153 (TCC) Product liability; applicable law; breach of contract. Le Breton v Petrodel Resources Ltd (CA/ QBD) (2010-2011) [2011] EWCA Civ 1605; [2011] EWHC 769 (QB) Oil trading; breach of contract. Lockheed Martin Corp v Willis Group Ltd (CA/Com Ct) [2010] EWCA Civ 927; [2010] PNLR 1 Alleged brokers negligence; wrong party; change of party after expiry of limitation; abuse of process.


Called 1997; Middle Temple (Astbury Scholar). Assistant editor ‘European Civil Practice’, Sweet & Maxwell 2nd edition.


French, German, Swedish.


PNBA; British German Jurists Association; COMBAR.


Winchester College; Magdalen College, Oxford (1993 BA; 1994 BCL).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Charles Dougherty QC - 2TG – 2 Temple GardensOne of the hidden secrets of the Bar; he is astute, bright and has an easy manner with the judges.

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Product liability

Within: Product liability – Leading silks

Charles Dougherty QC - 2TG – 2 Temple GardensHis phenomenal brain and commercial sense make him a leading light in this field.’

Within: Product liability

2TG – 2 Temple Gardens has product liability expertise within its insurance and property damage practice. Charles Dougherty QC is undoubtedly the standout individual in chambers for his experience in this area.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Charles Dougherty QC - 2TG – 2 Temple GardensPragmatic, commercial, and very user-friendly.’

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