Charles practises in a broad range of civil matters. He is particularly interested and experienced in employment law and industrial relations, administrative law, and judicial review.
Charles’ industrial and employment law practice involves litigation, conciliation and mediation, and advisory work. Charles appears regularly in various Commonwealth and State courts and tribunals. He acts for a range of employer, employee, and union clients in all aspects of employment-related law, including unfair dismissal applications, general protections or adverse action cases, unpaid wages and entitlements claims, anti-discrimination matters, work health and safety matters, workers’ compensation proceedings, and workplace bullying cases.
Charles also accepts briefs to advise on matters requiring the interpretation of industrial laws or industrial instruments (modern awards and enterprise agreements), and to appear at conciliation and arbitration of industrial disputes before Commonwealth, State, and Territory industrial tribunals.
Charles was called to the Bar in 2015. Before his call to the Bar, Charles served for three years as associate to Deputy President O’Connor (as his Honour the Vice President then was) of the Industrial Court of Queensland and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
Charles is the author of several articles in peer-reviewed law journals, including the Federal Law Review and the Journal of Law and Medicine. Since 2014, he has reported on cases for the Federal Court Reports and Federal Law Reports.
Charles is an active member of the Bar Association of Queensland. He currently serves as a member of the Bar’s Employment and Industrial Relations Committee. Charles is also a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland, the University of Queensland Law Alumni Association, the Selden Society, and the Samuel Griffith Society.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Queensland.