Charles Dougherty QC > 2 Temple Gardens > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Charles specialises in commercial law, in particular commercial fraud, professional negligence, product liability, private international law (including travel) and insurance. Recent cases include: Roberts v SSAFA [2020] QB 310 (applicable law and contribution); Lemos v Lemos [2017] BPIR 716 (freezing order over trust); Brazil v Durant [2016] AC 297 (backwards tracing); Wilson v Beko [2020] 3 All ER 803 (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).  


BA, BCL (Oxon). Called 1997 (Middle Temple); QC 2013. Called to the Bar of the BVI and ad hoc to the Bar of Nevis. Prior to joining chambers, Charles was a management consultant and a law lecturer.  


European Civil Practice, Sweet & Maxwell (2nd ed.), assistant editor.
Professional Negligence and Liability, Informa, contributor.  


French, German, Swedish.


Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA). 


Winchester College; Magdalen College, Oxford (1993 BA; 1994 BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Product liability

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Dougherty QC2 Temple GardensHe is fiercely intelligent and as an opponent, formidable.

With ‘always being at the cutting edge of product liability cases‘, 2 Temple Gardens fields several ‘excellent practitioners‘ with a good reputation in the field. The set is active in acting for both claimants and defendants in claims relating to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, engineering and heavy industry equipment, household and electrical goods, and automotive products. In a recent highlight, Charles Dougherty QC and Isabel Barter are acting for the defendant in Wilson v Beko, a case which arose out of a residential fire allegedly caused by a defective fridge-freezer.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Charles Dougherty QC2 Temple GardensHe combines incisive analysis with a commercial approach. Charles has an intuitive understanding of the law and comes up with arguments that others would miss.

The ‘responsive‘, ‘flexible‘ and ‘commercially astute‘ members of the ‘always strong‘ 2 Temple Gardens are experienced in claims against professionals including solicitors and barristers; insurance and financial services advisers; architects and engineers; surveyors and valuers; and other construction and design professionals. Recent highlights of note include Charles Dougherty QC, Isabel Barter and David Thomas acting for a QC in Gaze v HS, a claim concerning the scope of a barrister’s duty to advise, and Neil Moody QC representing the developer of a large residential complex in Ramvel Ltd v Bartlett Plumbing and Countryside Properties, a contractors’ negligence claim relating to the construction of a soil vent pipe system.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Charles Dougherty QC2 Temple GardensHe was responsive and user-friendly, and his written submissions were first rate.

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Dougherty QC2 Temple GardensAn outstanding barrister who has an unparalleled ability to analyse complex legal points and develop arguments which succeed in court.

The ‘first-class defendant barristers’ at 2 Temple Gardens are lauded as ‘preeminent in the field of cross-border work’. The set is particularly strong at handling high-value personal injury claims arising from accidents abroad which involve the application of foreign law, especially catastrophic injuries or fatalities. A case of note for Charles Dougherty QC is Butt v D’Amato, a claim involving multiple fatalities and serious injuries following a bus accident in Malta in 2018. Meanwhile, Marie Louise Kinsler QC is acting for the defendant in Bhatti v Cable News International, a high-profile multi-jurisdictional claim arising from a CNN journalist sustaining serious injuries while covering the Gaza conflict. Another highlight, led by Howard Palmer QC, is Suetta v Auld MIB – the largest ever injury claim in Gibraltar – which is proceeding before the nation’s supreme court in 2020. The future of the set looks bright with rising stars Alistair Mackenzie and Ruth Kennedy.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Charles Dougherty QC2 Temple GardensAbsolutely first-rate for insurance and reinsurance work.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Charles Dougherty QC2 Temple GardensHis written advocacy is brilliant and he can pick the right arguments and deliver them in a compelling and persuasive manner. He is a real expert on freezing injunctions and has a fantastic appreciation of both the law and practice of these.