Charlie Newington-bridges > Chambers of Matthew White > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Matthew White
St John's Chambers

Work Department

Commercial, Professional Negligence, Real Estate, Wills & Trusts


Charlie undertakes a wide range of commercial and chancery work in litigation, arbitration and mediation. He has experience of substantial, complex and high-value litigation in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He also has wide experience in the county courts and in injunction applications. His work is often court-based where he is recognised in the directories as ‘brilliant, the hardest-working counsel I have seen’. He regularly advises companies, partnerships, charities, trusts, and individuals. He worked in the investment banking industry for 15 years before coming to the bar and so has a particular interest and strength in company, investment, valuation and general financial services related matters.


Former director ABN AMRO’s European equities business (clients included pension funds, institutional investors and hedge funds); equity analyst JP Morgan and Natexis (covering the technology sector); called 2011, Middle Temple.


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association


  • MA Oxford University (St Peter’s College)
  • GDL and BPTC (College of Law)
  • Diplock Scholar


Charlie enjoys running and recently ran the length of the River Wye (150 miles) raising over £32,000 for charity in the process. He has completed over 20 marathons as well as the Marathon des Sables, a race across the Sahara. He also skied 500 miles in a race to the Magnetic North Pole. He enjoys cricket, fishing and horses. He is the chairman of an environmental charity and rivers trust, the Wye and Usk Foundation, and an education endowment charity. Charlie grew up in Gloucestershire and was at school in Bristol.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Charlie Newington-BridgesSt John’s ChambersHe is commercially minded and extremely able, and has a solution-focussed depth to his advice.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Charlie Newington-BridgesSt John’s ChambersCharlie is commercially minded and extremely able. He is good at quickly getting to grips with the crux of a complicated factual matrix. He offers commercial solutions to intractable problems.’

Led by James Pearce-Smith, the ‘very experienced‘ team at St John’s Chambers is regularly instructed by individuals and large companies in a wide range of contentious work. Contractual disputes are a core area of expertise for Leslie Blohm KC. Charlie Newington-Bridges is ‘very user-friendly and able to engage very positively with judges in court, helping to turn round difficult cases‘. Natasha Dzameh has ‘excellent understanding of the issues and laws‘, and has a solid track record in representing financial institutions and international companies in cases involving alleged breaches of contract and restraint of trade. Nicholas Pointon is now a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter, and Leslie Blohm KC, as was, was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge in October 2022.