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Charles Bagot QC

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Hardwicke (Chambers of Paul Reed QC and PJ Kirby QC)


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 Recorder and as a Deputy Queen’s Bench Master and is an appointed panel member (and Chair) of the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal.

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 Caymans, 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.


  • LLB Law with French (Leicester); & Dip E.J.F.: Diploma in French Law (Lyons)
  • Deputy District Judge (2010-2018)
  • Bar Disciplinary Tribunal Panel Member (2012-2018); Panel Chair (2018-)
  • Deputy Queen’s Bench Master: High Court (2015-)
  • Recorder of the Crown Court (2018-)


French (Fluent)


  • Member of Personal Injury Bar Association Executive Committee & co-organiser of PIBA Continuing Education programme
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • British Insurance Law Association



Open water swimmer and relay triathlete. Successfully swam across the Solent in 2014 and 2017 raising funds for charity and round the Needles headland in 2015 and 2016.

London Bar

Clinical negligence

Within: Clinical negligence – 2018 silks

Charles Bagot - HardwickeHas great attention to detail and his measured approach is appreciated by clients.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury – 2018 silks

Charles Bagot QC - HardwickeHe is a superb barrister who has the rare skill of having his eye to the future of litigation; ably assists clients on how to manage a large loss portfolio.

Within: Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Hardwicke’s ‘boutique personal injury team’ handles a wide variety of claims including brain injury, career-ending limb and back injuries, spinal fractures, fatalities and road traffic accidents. Charles Bagot QC, ‘who always gets to the heart of the matter’, enhanced the team’s strength after taking silk in 2018.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – 2018 silks

Charles Bagot QC - HardwickeInstructed in an increasing number of international injury work that involves cross-border issues.

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