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Charles Dougherty QC

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


Charles specialises in commercial law, in particular commercial fraud, professional negligence, product liability, private international law (including travel) and insurance. Recent cases include: Lemos v Lemos [2017] BPIR 716 (freezing order over trust); Brazil v Durant [2016] AC 297 (backwards tracing); Allen v DePuy [2015] 2 WLR 442 (conflict of laws and Consumer Protection Act 1987); Mitsui Sumitomo v MOPC [2016] AC 1488 (Liability under Riot (Damages) Act 1886 following August 2011 riots); Schubert Murphy v Law Society [2018] PNLR 4 (whether duty of care owed by Law Society).


Called 1997; QC 2013; 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 GardensA first-class authority on complicated jurisdictional matters.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Charles Dougherty QC - 2TG – 2 Temple GardensAn articulate advocate and a punchy pleader.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Charles Dougherty QC - 2TG – 2 Temple GardensTenacious, confident, client friendly and able to pinpoint where the case should be directed to.

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Product liability

Within: Product liability – Leading silks

Charles Dougherty QC - 2TG – 2 Temple GardensOne of the Bar’s leading lights in relation to product liability.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Charles Dougherty QC - 2TG – 2 Temple GardensHe has a quick mind and is an intellectual powerhouse.

Within: Professional negligence

The ‘impressive’ members at 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens are ‘responsive and professional’ and the set has a ‘good mix of senior and junior counsel to call on’ for professional negligence work. Charles Dougherty QC successfully appeared in the Court of Appeal, acting for the respondent in Schubert Murphy v Law Society, which raised the issue of the professional body’s duty of care to solicitors and the public. Dougherty also led David Thomas and Isabel Barter in Gaze v HS, acting for a silk and Bar Mutual in a £15m claim brought against the claimant’s former solicitors and counsel arising out of earlier unsuccessful litigation.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

Charles Dougherty QC - 2TG – 2 Temple GardensHe is outstanding and a master of foreign law.

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