Charles Raffin > Gatehouse Chambers > London, England > Barrister Profile

Gatehouse Chambers
1 Lady Hale Gate, Gray’s Inn


Charles is a highly regarded commercial barrister specialising in the resolution of international and domestic commercial disputes through courts, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR.

Charles’ broad commercial and commercial/chancery practice encompasses civil fraud (with related contempt of court work), company/joint venture/partnership, CDR (including construction, franchising, sports and costs disputes), insolvency and trusts litigation. Charles advises and appears regularly in arbitration disputes under all the major international arbitral rules.

Recommended by Chambers & Partners UK and Global and Legal 500 for his onshore and offshore work, Charles is known as: “incredibly bright, responsive, detail-orientated and thorough”, “very commercial, very sharp and a delight to work with” and “a very effective advocate”.

Much of his work has a strong international edge. Charles acts regularly for clients based in, or involved in disputes in, mainland Europe, Russia, the Americas, the Caribbean (in particular the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas) and the Far East, and he enjoys working with foreign counsel and experts of foreign law. Much of Charles’ work involves conflicts of laws matters and he also acts as an expert on English law in foreign proceedings.

Charles’ experience at the Bar is enhanced by his three years as an Associate in the International Arbitration & Litigation Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP and then his later secondment with a major litigation funder.

Charles is co-author of Electronic Disclosure: Law & Practice (OUP) and a regular speaker at online and in person national and international conferences and seminars (including at the Chancery Bar Winter Conference, various English-Cypriot Law Days, the Legal Business International Arbitration Summit and CDR Autumn Arbitration Symposium).  A member of the Middle Temple International Sub-Committee, Charles has assisted and advised civil rules committees in various jurisdictions over pending amendments to rules concerning discovery/disclosure.


  • CFLA
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • The Fraud Lawyers Association
  • MCIArb and YIAG
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)


  • BA (Hons) Oxford
  • Queen Mother and Lord Justice Sachs Scholar of the Middle Temple


Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Charles RaffinGatehouse Chambers

Charles is a highly intelligent and focused individual with an uncanny ability to identify and grasp the core issues in a case and distil them down to bite-size pieces. He is analytical and extremely thorough in his advice.

Gatehouse Chambers‘ commercial disputes work covers both domestic and international disputes, including the Middle East, Caribbean, South America, Asia, and Gibraltar. In, reportedly, the largest case the London Commercial Court has handled to date, Nigel Jones KC is instructed to represent Sanjay Shah, a British hedge fund manager based in Dubai, and his 22 internationally-based companies, against a £2bn claim (including interest), arising from successful applications for the reimbursement of dividend tax from Denmark’s tax authorities which they allege amounts to fraud. Turning to the set’s juniors, Charles Raffin is defending Logan Ravishankar against a range of claims brought by the Motopark Academy team in connection with Ravishankar’s son’s proposed drive with the team in the 2020 Euroformula Open Championship season.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Charles RaffinGatehouse ChambersCharles has very good analytical skills, and an extremely well-rounded knowledge base of not only the Insolvency practice area but general civil litigation principles.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Charles RaffinGatehouse Chambers