Charles Bagot KC > Gatehouse Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Gatehouse Chambers
1 Lady Hale Gate, Gray’s Inn
WC1X 8BS
England

Position

For more than a dozen years, Charles has been recommended in the legal directories as a leading practitioner. He took silk in 2018 and is a specialist barrister in the fields of personal injury, clinical negligence, civil procedure and related insurance issues. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge, a Recorder (Crime & Civil) and as a Deputy Queen’s Bench Master. He was successful in the election to be Chair of the Personal Injuries Bar Association, for a two year term from April 2022.

Charles’ practice is in acting for Claimants and Defendants in complex and high value injury and clinical negligence claims as well as having a particular specialism in secondary victim litigation and fatal accident claims.

He also has a niche practice in procedural law, having led on appeals in the Court of Appeal and Privy Council arising out of procedural points in his specialist fields and civil litigation generally, both domestic claims and appeals from overseas jurisdictions.

He has advised major insurers in various high value cases being litigated in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Gibraltar respectively. He has acted as an expert witness on English law in foreign jurisdictions.

He is sought after by insurers for cases where fraud and exaggeration are suspected in high value injury and clinical negligence claims.

Charles also advises insurers on coverage and policy interpretation issues arising in his specialist fields.

Career

  • Deputy High Court Judge (2021 – )
  • Recorder of the Crown Court (2018- ) and Civil Courts (2019- )
  • Queen’s Counsel: 2018
  • Deputy Queen’s Bench Master: High Court (2015- )
  • Bar Disciplinary Tribunal Panel Member (2012-2018); Panel Chair (2018-2019)
  • Governing Bencher of Inner Temple
  • Formerly a Deputy District Judge (2010-2018).

Languages

French (Fluent)

Memberships

  • Member of Personal Injury Bar Association Executive Committee (2001-date); & co-organiser of PIBA Continuing Education programme (2001-2021); Chair of PIBA Outreach Sub-committee (2020-)
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • British Insurance Law Association
  • Commonwealth Lawyers Association (speaker at CLA conference in the Bahamas 2021)

Education

LLB Law with French (Leicester); & Dip E.J.F.: Diploma in French Law (Lyons)

Leisure

Open water swimmer and qualified British Swimming Referee. Swam across the Solent for charity for the 6th time in 2021; Needles Headland charity swims in 2015/16. Silver medallist at the Swim England National Masters Open Water Championships 2019, in the 5km race.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Charles Bagot KCGatehouse ChambersCharles has a strong niche practice dealing with complex cross border disputes and applying local quantum factors outside of jurisdiction to UK cases.’

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Charles Bagot KCGatehouse ChambersThe complete barrister; technical and legal capabilities not in question.’

Gatehouse Chambers has a strong reputation as a ‘fantastic set’ in personal injury with a ‘good range of barristers.’ Charles Bagot KC, described as ‘doing his utmost with every instruction’, continues to work on high-profile, high-value and often cross-border cases, including Hoff v Langley Design & Multiple Defendants, in which he is acting for the furniture company, one of multiple defendants in the case wherein furniture collapsed onto a six-year-old school child causing catastrophic brain injury. In addition, junior Colm Nugent continues to excel in the set, acting on cross-border, high-profile cases, which this year have included such complex matters as catastrophic brain injury, amputation and multiple fatalities, many of which he has acted on unled.

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Charles Bagot KCGatehouse Chambers ‘Charles shows fantastic attention-to-detail and provides very practical advice, particularly on making difficult calls with respect to interlocutory applications and settlement decisions.’