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

2 Temple Gardens

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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 [2021] QB 310 (applicable law and contribution); PDVSA v Clyde & Co  [2020] Lloyd’s Rep. F.C. 580 (arbitration, trusts and proceeds of crime); Lemos v Lemos [2017] BPIR 716 (freezing order over trust); Brazil v Durant [2016] AC 297 (backwards tracing); 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. 


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



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 KC2 Temple Gardens ‘There is nothing Charles does not know about product liability and his skill at explaining, often complex, matters in a clear and persuasive manner make him a formidable opponent.‘

2 Temple Gardens has broad roster capable of representing both claimant and defendant. Members of the chambers have experience across all aspects of product with a particular expertise in handling mass tort claims, generally in relation to medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Charles Dougherty KC and Isabel Barter successfully acted for Beko in Beko v Wilson, a case stemming from a major residential fire said to be caused by a defective fridge-freezer. Neil Moody KC and Jack Harris successfully defended One Shot Products in Ayannuga v One Shot Products Ltd, a matter relating to an allegedly defective drain cleaner in an incident which left one man dead and another in a permanent vegetative state.

London Bar > Group litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Charles Dougherty KC2 Temple Gardens ‘Charles is a phenomenon. He has fantastic judgement – both in terms of the substantive law and procedural strategy.’

A first-class set with excellent practitioners at all levels of seniority‘, 2 Temple Gardens has ‘a very strong group litigation practice‘ that excels in business human rights, product liability, and personal injury cases in particular. Private international law specialist Marie Louise Kinsler KC is often involved in private international issues in the context of the leading group litigation involving international human rights and civil liberties. A recent case of note has seen her acting for the claimants in large-scale group action by the Ogale farming and fishing community arising out of the activities of Shell in Nigeria. In product liability, Charles Dougherty KC led Anna Hughes acting for the defendant in Various v Oculentis regarding defective intra-ocular lenses.

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Dougherty KC2 Temple Gardens ‘Supremely intelligent. Very experienced in group litigation, with a particular focus on ‘parent company liability’ claims. Great advocate and easy to work with’.

2 Temple Gardens is recognised for its expertise in jurisdiction in cross-border personal injury claims arising from accidents abroad, especially involving serious injuries or death. It also stands out for its expertise in international law. The team has been involved in leading cases recently. Charles Dougherty KC and Benjamin Phelps  work includes appearing in the Supreme Court in Roberts v SSAFA, MoD and Viersen for a German hospital in a claim brought on behalf of a child of a British soldier stationed in Germany who born with cerebral palsy as an alleged result of clinical negligence, with issues including the difference between the British and German limitation periods. Roger Harris  is acting for the German Hospital in relation to the clinical negligence side of the case. Marie Louise Kinsler KC, Howard Palmer KC, Alistair Mackenzie  and Phelps’ work includes appearing in the Supreme Court in Brownlie v FS Cairo, a case concerning the mechanics of cross-border personal injury claims such as if evidence on foreign law is required.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Charles Dougherty KC2 Temple GardensHe is an accomplished and polished advocate. He is incredibly bright, with a very practical and commercial approach.

Members of ‘reliable’ set 2 Temple Gardens act in claims for and against professionals across the legal, financial and construction sectors. The work overlaps with other areas commonly covered in the chambers, such as clinical negligence, allowing specialists to complement and effectively advise on claims. Neil Moody KC is a leading silk with expertise in dealing with claims of negligence against construction professionals. Charles Dougherty KC has a strong reputation for his practice with claims involving legal and financial professionals. Isabel Barter  has been instructed on cases involving leading law firms, as well as work with a particular focus on cladding issues.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Charles Dougherty KC2 Temple Gardens ‘Creative in his arguments which are always put with skill and charm.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Charles Dougherty KC2 Temple Gardens ‘One of the finest KCs at the Bar today. An understated intellectual heavyweight. Very experienced and persuasive advocate.’

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Charles Dougherty KC2 Temple GardensCharles is an extremely bright and engaging silk who is always very thorough and reliable in his analysis of complex legal issues. He is also an engaging advocate. Solicitors use Charles regularly in complex coverage matters for both insurance and reinsurance disputes.