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Charles Brasted


Charles Brasted

Described as a 'public law guru' by Legal 500, Charles Brasted works at the intersection of business, law and policy. He helps businesses engage effectively in the making of the laws, regulations and policies that affect them. He also helps governments, regulators and other policymakers to take robust decisions. Charles is a seasoned litigator and a Solicitor Advocate whose practice is underpinned by his experience of acting in commercial judicial reviews and other legal challenges before UK Courts and tribunals, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. His experience spans a wide range of industries, acting for claimants, defendants and interested parties in high-profile and complex matters in heavily regulated sectors such as energy, financial services, gambling, life sciences, media and telecoms.

Charles uses that experience to help clients to develop and deliver comprehensive strategies that combine effective and timely policy advocacy with hard-edged legal arguments based on UK constitutional and administrative law, EU law and human rights law. Charles co-leads the Hogan Lovells global policy advocacy practice and has been at the forefront of developing our innovative approach to policy advocacy, which brings together legal knowledge, dispute resolution experience and public affairs skills in a seamless team. That is why we are the only firm top-ranked by Chambers UK for both Administrative and Public Law and Public Affairs.

Charles is recognized as a leading practitioner in both areas. Charles also plays a leading role in our constitutional change taskforce, providing thought leadership and advice to our clients on Brexit, devolution and human rights reform – fundamental issues on which it is of crucial importance that businesses have an informed and active voice in the debate.

'Charles Brasted offers clear analytical thinking on judicial review issues and is available at the drop of a hat. ... He knows the law fantastically, has a good sense of what happens in litigation, and good judgement.'

Chambers UK

Representative experience

Advising the Libyan National Transitional Council on securing the release of £1bn-worth of Libyan Dinar banknotes frozen in the UK under the anti-Gaddafi UN sanctions.

Acting for Welsh Water in complex judicial review proceedings relating to the bulk supply of water.

Acting for an airport operator in relation to the CAA's market power assessment and proposals for a new licensing regime.

Advising Ofgem on a range of major regulatory projects, including smart metering, the Government's environmental programmes and industry code reform.

Acting for Tube Lines in relation to the periodic review of the London Underground PPP Contract and its subsequent acquisition by TfL.

Acting for an international pharmaceutical company in relation to the commissioning of a highly innovative life-saving treatment for an ultra-rare disease.

Acting for Ofgem in successfully resisting the first statutory appeal to the Competition Commission against a code modification decision.

Acting for an individual in proceedings against the Czech Government before the UN Human Rights Commission.

Education and admissions


  • M.A. (Cantab), University of Cambridge


  • Constitutional and Adminsitrative Law Bar Association
  • UK Association for European Law (Committee member)
  • Human Rights Lawyers' Association
  • City of London Solicitors' Company (Liveryman)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • England and Wales

Court admissions

  • Senior Courts of England and Wales


Public Affairs (Tier 1)

Legal 500 UK


Chambers UK, Parliamentary and Public Affairs (Band 2)


Chambers UK, Administrative and Public Law (Band 2)


Lawyer Awards, Pro Bono Team of the Year


Administrative and Public Law



Administrative and Public Law (Tier 1)

Legal 500

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