Charlie is commercial, good with numbers, and able to get to the heart of matters quickly.”

The Legal 500 2024, Company and Insolvency

Charlie specialises in all areas of real property matters and can advise clients in the following matters:

  • Conveyancing and registration
  • Restrictive covenants and easements
  • Customary rights
  • Adverse possession
  • Boundary disputes
  • Co-ownership
  • Estoppel
  • Mortgages and charges
  • Commercial landlord and tenant matters including renewals, rent reviews, surrender, forfeiture and dilapidations
  • Residential landlord and tenant matters
    Leasehold valuation tribunal proceedings
    Professional negligence

Charlie also advises and appears on behalf of claimants and defendants across a spectrum of property insurance matters. As well as disputes, Charlie can also advise on policy coverage matters.

Recent work includes:

  • Smith v Yarnold [2017]: Charlie was instructed in a team with Leslie Blohm QC in a case which went to trial in the Bristol District Registry of the High Court relating to an order enforcing a ‘put option’ for the sale of a family farmhouse. The case threw up issues of interpretation, the strictness of time limits in options, waiver, rectification, specific performance and ‘clean hands’ in equitable remedies.
  • H&S Developments Limited v Chant [2016] EWCA Civ 848. Charlie successfully represented the claimant at first instance and at the Court of Appeal in case involving the meaning of planning permission and the difference between outline and detailed planning permission in the context of a major housing development.
  • Charlie successfully represented the CEO and Chairman of a nationwide property developer in a 3 day trial in the High Court relating to the construction of an option agreement.
  • Charlie advised an estate owner on the effect and nature of an overage agreement. The advice included strategy as to negotiating with the parties to buy out their interests

Directory Quotes

Charlie is known for his work in company and chancery litigation, with a particular skill for understanding complex financial details. ‘He gets to grips with matters very quickly and has a great economic background. He presents in a friendly way which is effective.’ “

Chambers UK 2024, Company

Charlie is particularly well regarded for his commercial nous and sector expertise in financial services. ‘He is excellent at drafting, works very hard, is clear and has great knowledge of the details of the case.’ ‘He is thorough and his paperwork is robust. Charlie is a measured and persuasive advocate whom judges take to immediately.’ “

Chambers UK 2024, Commercial Dispute Resolution

Charlie is an exceptional and persuasive advocate, with a calm but imposing advocacy style. He also displays a meticulous attention to detail when working on papers and builds easy rapport with clients.”

The Legal 500 2024, Commercial Litigation

Charlie is excellent in court and provides concise, commercially astute advice.”


Traditional chancery practitioner with a specialism in Inheritance Act 1975 claims and experience with high-value estates and complex wills. ‘He rolls up his sleeves and gets his hands dirty, but still keeps in mind the client’s interests all the way through.’ “

Chambers UK 2020, Chancery

Traditional chancery practitioner with a specialism in Inheritance Act 1975 claims and experience with high-value estates and complex wills. ‘Always gets an extremely good result. He deals with complicated cases very well and doesn’t lose his cool, navigating the case with confidence and professionalism. His advice is always really good across the board.’ ‘He is extremely impressive and has a really good handle on matters. His analytical abilities and skill with numbers are really well appreciated.’ “

Chambers UK 2019, CHANCERY

Reassuring in court and excellent in front of a judge.”


Charlie was brilliant, the hardest-working counsel I have seen – he worked incredibly hard. He had excellent knowledge of the financial aspects of a case in light of his background in finance. He’s very approachable and knowledgeable, a good all-rounder.”

Chambers UK 2018, CHANCERY
  • Qualifications & awards:

    • MA Oxford University (St Peter’s College)
    • GDL and BPTC (College of Law)
  • Professional memberships:

    • Commercial Bar Association
    • Chancery Bar Association
  • Additional information:

    Charlie enjoys running and recently ran the length of the River Wye (150 miles) raising over £32,000 for charity in the process. He has completed over 20 marathons as well as the Marathon des Sables, a race across the Sahara. He also skied 500 miles in a race to the Magnetic North Pole. He enjoys cricket, fishing and horses. He is the chairman of an environmental charity and rivers trust, the Wye and Usk Foundation, and an education endowment charity. Charlie grew up in Gloucestershire and was at school in Bristol.
  • Charlie Newington-Bridges is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please read here.