Charles Evans

Year of call: 1988

Charles’ practice extends across the full calendar of crime with an emphasis on serious organised crime (armed robbery, drugs importation/supply and money laundering), violent crime and homicide, sexual offences and fraud. Of particular interest is the field of bribery and corruption.

Expertise

Charles is experienced in all aspects of appellate work, including applications to the Court of Appeal (both on paper and renewed, orally, if necessary) and judicial review in the Administrative Court.
He has also appeared before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in pro bono Jamaican murder appeals.
He has been formally commended for his prosecution of a major series of arms importation.

Charles is appointed to the CPS Advocate Panel at Level 4 and is a CPS specialist rape prosecutor.

Qualifications

LLB (Hons.)

Direct access qualified

Notable Cases

Operation Doublecheck – Multi-handed importation of a significant quantity of cannabis.

Operation Lunate I and II – Leading in a multi-handed conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime.

Operation Battlecreek – Money-laundering conspiracy running to £1/2 bn.

Operation Gresham – Leading in an 11 handed conspiracy to steal and burgle.

Operation Lima – Multi-handed conspiracy to commit huge number of burglaries.

Operation Lath – Leading in an Eastern European Zeus Trojan banking fraud conspiracy.

R v D – Serial night-time stranger sexual assaults on vulnerable women across South London prosecuted by the Murder squad due to its seriousness.

R v T & Others – Murder, perverting the course of justice.
R v M – Armed kidnap, torture and ransom demands by gang members.

R v T – Identity card factory serving the Albanian underworld involving 4000+ identities.

R v K – Multi-handed rapes of prostitutes.
R v A-F & Others – Leading in a conspiracy to defraud insurance companies.

R v B & Others – Leading in a conspiracy to defraud the MOD at the Devonport submarine facility re-fit.

R v D & Others – Six handed conspiracy to control prostitutes.
Operation Encino – Leading in two trials involving large-scale importation of guns from Lithuania.

R v G & Others – Leading in a corruption case involving the MOD housing executive in Kent.

R v R & J – Leading in a rostering and ghost employee fraud by managers of Railtrack.

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

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Reported Cases

R v Clarke (Court of Appeal) 13 Cr. App. R. (S.) 640
The extent to which racist words and behaviour accompanying an offence aggravate that offence.

DPP v Charles (Queen’s Bench Division) [1996] R.T.R 247.
Breath specimen procedure appeal by the Crown in the Divisional Court on a technical point arising from the Warren case.

R v Drew & Others (“Silk and Lace”) unreported, December 2006
First instance decision by HHJ Rivlin regarding the meaning of “control” in this test case prosecution for controlling prostitutes subsequently affirmed in subsequent Court of Appeal decisions.

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