“An excellent advocate who is able to put across his client’s case in a persuasive and effective manner. He inspires judicial respect, his cross-examination skills are excellent and he always seems unflappable. He is calm with clients, who feel confident with his representation. He has great attention to detail and is always well prepared.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

Experience

Year of Call: 1992
Year of Silk: 2014

Qualifications

Arbitrator (CIArb)

Education

LLB (Hons)
Blackstone Scholar
Middle Temple

Appointments

Elected member of the Bar Council of England and Wales 2002 – 2012

Profile

Charles was appointed to the rank of Queens Counsel in 2014. He is a family advocate with particular expertise in all aspects of matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 (financial remedies) and private law children work. He is regularly instructed in international family disputes, leave to remove and child abduction cases involving international law, Brussels I and II and international treaties. He has provided advice and Affidavits of Laws in French and Australian divorce cases and international pre-nuptual agreements. In domestic cases, Charles has a reputation for dealing with the most complex matters involving financial disputes as well as intractable and alienated parent cases, vulnerable adult/child cases and also cases arising out of same sex/alternative family disputes.


Awarded the Family Law Junior of the Year in 2012 by Jordans, Ranked in Band 1 for both children and finance by Chambers and Partners and being one of only 5 family Barristers listed in their Top 100 Barristers list, Charles was one of the few recognised leading juniors in both matrimonial finance and children work, a practice he continues now as Leading Counsel.

Charles has recently written 4 of the main chapters in the re-published, Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and  Family Matters  2016.

Professional Memberships

Member of the International Association of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
South Eastern Circuit
Middle Temple

Directories

Renowned family silk who specialises in complex matters in both the private children and matrimonial finance spheres. He routinely handles significant cases on behalf of an impressive client base of high-profile individuals including those with alternative family arrangements. He earns praise for his ability to connect with the full spectrum of clients.

Strengths: “An excellent advocate who is able to put across his client’s case in a persuasive and effective manner. He inspires judicial respect, his cross-examination skills are excellent and he always seems unflappable. He is calm with clients, who feel confident with his representation. He has great attention to detail and is always well prepared.”

Recent work: Represented a father in the Court of Appeal whose child had been relocated to another area of England. Hale argued that internal relocations should be treated in the same way as international abductions.
Chambers & Partners 2018


‘He describes the most complicated circumstances in ways that are accessible to clients and judges alike.’ ‘He simplifies complicated information extremely well.’
Legal 500, 2017

Renowned family silk who specialises in complex matters in both the private children and matrimonial finance spheres. He routinely handles significant cases on behalf of an impressive client base of high-profile individuals.
Strengths: “A very commanding presence in the courtroom. He’s wonderfully pragmatic, very persuasive and very thorough. He has one of the best client manners going.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
Ranked for Children & Matrimonial Finance

He comes alive when he gets on his feet and leaves clients feeling supported and comfortable.”
“A master tactician with a fine grasp of detail and an excellent manner with clients.”
Legal 500, 2016
Ranked for Children & Matrimonial Finance

A barrister with “gravitas,” who brings an authoritative approach to both private children and money cases. People are also quick to emphasise his ability to empathise and engage with clients.

Strengths: “Handles children and money with equal aplomb and efficiency. A powerful advocate, he brims with authority and common sense. Clients adore him for his calmness and unflappability. He is a shrewd negotiator and can be steely when needed. Judges trust his judgement and instinct.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
Ranked for Children & Matrimonial Finance

‘His demeanour inspires confidence in even the most difficult or nervous clients; he is an excellent advocate.’ ‘Very intelligent, hardworking, and responsive; clients love him and he gets results.’
The Legal 500, 2015

Deals with both very high-value matrimonial finance proceedings and complex children law matters. He is regularly sought out for cases pertaining to cross-border children disputes and for his advice to alternative families.
Expertise: “Charles is the ultimate negotiator. If there is a good deal to get, he will get it.” “When he speaks people are drawn to what he says; he’s a very persuasive and powerful advocate. His bedside manner is great, and he captures the trust of a client instantly.”
Chambers & Partners 2015 – New Silk

Charles Hale QC – ‘A very accomplished advocate and a calm port in stormy seas.’ ‘Meticulous in preparation and a master of cross-examination.’
The Legal 500, 2014

Charles Hale is a family practitioner who is a master at both matrimonial finance and children related cases. He is regularly instructed by leading London and national solicitors and has handled cases of the utmost complexity and sensitivity such as A, B and C (2012), a matter concerning the relationship of a gay birth father to a child of lesbian mothers. Other recent matters of note include Re T (Children), which raised a very significant point in respect of costs in children proceedings involving local authorities. “A very smooth operator with clients, he shows an empathy and understanding of their emotional issues which is second to none. Clients are made to feel that he is really part of the fight.”
Chambers 100 List UK Bar
The Chambers Bar 100 ranks the top barristers practising at the Bar of England and Wales.

Elicits much acclaim for his work on both the matrimonial finance and children law sides, and is routinely sought out for his strengths on high-value divorce cases and large-scale cross-jurisdictional children disputes.

Expertise:”His delivery is well judged and he is very easy to work with. He inspires a lot of confidence.”

Recent work: Hale acted on behalf of the Grandparents Association in a widely publicised Supreme Court appeal regarding the liability of a local authority to pay the costs of a party to care proceedings.
Chambers & Partners, 2014
Band 1 for both Children and Matrimonial Finance

The ‘very personable’ Charles Hale is ‘one of the very few senior juniors around who can tackle both financial remedy and children cases with equal facility’. ‘He is meticulous in preparation and a master of cross-examination.’
The Legal 500, 2013

Charles Hale climbs the rankings for both children law and matrimonial finance matters, and receives strong plaudits for his work pertaining to international children disputes and high net worth divorces. Sources reveal that he “never takes a bad point,” while adding that he is a “smart advocate” who is “good at finding solutions to intractable problems.”
Chambers & Partners 2013 – Band 1

The ‘impressive’ Charles Hale, who is ‘a number-one choice for complicated children cases as well as financial issues’.
The Legal 500, 2012

Charles Hale “is very good at both money and children cases,” and is thus a popular choice amongst solicitors for cases that contain both elements. He has a “very conciliatory approach and is extremely popular with clients,” say sources.
Chambers & Partners 2012

Charles Hale is an ‘exceptional performer’ who is ‘outstanding at both children and money work’. Charles Hale is ‘a formidable advocate, particularly in cross-examination ’.
The Legal 500, 2011

22/12/15
[2015] EWCA Civ 1302
18/12/15
[2016] 3 WLR 1 : [2016] 2 FCR 576 : [2015] EWCA Civ 1305 :[2016] Fam Law 284 : [2016] Fam 253
05/03/15
[2015] EWHC 210 (Fam)
04/11/14
2014 EWHC 4210
14/03/14
[2014] EWHC 963 (Fam)
14/03/12
[2012] EWCA Civ 285
03/12/09
[2010] 1 FLR 1229 : [2010] Fam Law 328 : [2009] EWHC 3074 (Fam)
03/12/09
[2009] EWHC 3074 (Fam); [2010] 1 FLR 1229
19/03/08
[2008] EWHC 363 (Fam); (2008) 2 FLR 293
23/03/07
[2007] EWCA Civ 248