Fenners Chambers | 3 Madingley Road | Cambridge | Cambridgeshire CB3 0EE | United Kingdom

Fenners Chambers | 3 Madingley Road | Cambridge | Cambridgeshire CB3 0EE | United Kingdom.

Fenners Chambers | 3 Madingley Road | Cambridge | Cambridgeshire CB3 0EE | United Kingdom.

Charles Snelling
Called to the Bar in 2005

An experienced and respected leading junior barrister. He practises nationwide, having previously practised in London and the South East before moving to Cambridge. He is an excellent advocate and is well respected for his client care and an ability to see through issues and quickly grasp the key and central matters to allow an efficient resolution of the dispute.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Property
  • Public Law
  • Crime

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Property Law: matters including possession hearings, ASBO injunctions and other regulatory offences, such as unlawful eviction (both civil and criminal), HMO licensing and allegations relating to fire safety. He has extensive experience of matters relating to the statutory control of residential dwellings under the Housing Act 2004. He regularly appears in the Residential Property Tribunal.
  • Public Law: he has extensive experience in all manner of cases involving Local Government (such as abatement notices and the implementation of civil penalties etc). Also, civil actions against the police (including actions for the return of property held by the police), judicial review, appeals to tribunal (such as the social entitlement chamber).
  • Crime: the full range of criminal law including serious multi-handed offences such as international money laundering allegations. He has acted as leading Counsel in a large-scale multi-handed drug conspiracy and international money laundering..

HIS WORK

Charles is regarded as a highly persuasive and articulate advocate who has built a reputation as an excellent trial lawyer. He has significant skill at cross-examination and holding people to account on behalf of clients.

He undertakes a wide range of technical regulatory work with a particular focus on matters involving Local Authorities. He offers advice to Local Authorities on the implementation of statutory regimes (such as selective licencing) and the drafting of the accompanying codes of conduct. He is able to offer advice on the full range of regulatory matters and is willing to attend meetings at the Council Offices prior to legal proceedings being instigated (as this can often resolve issues at an early stage saving both time and expense).

He regularly acts for taxi drivers their operators, and Public Houses and Public Events in issues relating to the obtaining or breaching of licences.

Mr Snelling is Direct Access trained and is able to assist and guide disputes in an understanding and professional manner.

Respected for his excellent client care and outstanding advocacy ability, Charles has an intuitive style and a proven track record of success. He is often instructed in both legally and factually complex cases and comes into his own when acting in a trial. Charles deals with an array of regulatory and related matters.

He regularly acts for the Local Authorities and Landlords in licensing and other regulatory matters. He has extensive experiences in the implementation and prosecution of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and the wider regulatory offences for housing standards. He advises Local Authorities on the application to Central Government for the granting of appropriate licences prior to their implementation.

He deals with the whole ambit of regulatory housing matters, including a specialism in Fire Safety offences under both the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

PCC v Kaur – prosecuted the wife of a local solicitor for regulatory housing law matters which resulted in the judge referring her husband to the SRA.

PCC v Lal and others – prosecuted the husband of a Peterborough City Council Councillor for regulatory breaches of housing regulations. Successfully resisted several separate allegations of abuse of process made against the leaders of the council and secured convictions. Case was of media interest in Peterborough.

CCC v Coppola – a case arguing about the applicability of the POCA to recover rent paid to a landlord following the failure to comply with an Improvement notice. Successfully argued that POCA is not available for such notices as it does not create a prohibition.

PCC v Serstena – acted for Council against a Council Tenant who owned her own property as well. Recovered over £30k in Proceeds of Crime application following convictions for fraud.

PCC v Lets Move Estate Agents – 4 days RPT trial dealing with the refusal of granting 80 selective licences in which he successfully argued that the agency was not a fit and proper person and licences were refused.

CCC v Croft – successfully argued that the requirement to put in smoke detectors did not require compliance with the LACORS guidance (the fact that they were not interlinked did not create a criminal offence under the HMO Management Regulations). Case dropped after extensive legal arguments and before trial.

IBC v Miza – successfully argued that the requirement to put in smoke detectors did not require compliance with the LACORS guidance under Council Guidance and the HMO Management Regulations. Case dropped at the end of the prosecution case.

LBC v Akhtar – successfully argued that the requirement to put in smoke detectors did not require compliance with the LACORS guidance. Company accepted minor offences and case dropped against owner of letting agency.

An experienced and well liked leading junior barrister. Charles practises nationwide, having practised in London and the South East before moving to Cambridge. Respected for his excellent client care and outstanding advocacy ability, Charles has an intuitive style and a proven track record of success. He is often instructed in both legally and factually complex multi-handed cases and comes into his own when acting in a trial.

PUBLIC LAW

Charles is an experienced Public Law barrister dealing with an array of regulatory and related matters.

He regularly acts for the Local Authorities and individuals in licensing and other regulatory matters. He has extensive experiences in the implementation and prosecution of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and the wider regulatory offences for housing standards. He advises Local Authorities on the application to Central Government for the granting of appropriate licences prior to their implementation.

He acts for Trading Standards in extensive and complex multi-handed prosecutions and the following Proceeds of Crime proceedings. He also acts for Local Authorities and individuals in environmental offences, licensing matters, matters relating to public houses (inc. closure orders and other matters).

He has significant experience in securing the return of property held by the police.

He regularly represents individuals and company at inquests and has a reputation for his caring and understanding nature.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Re: McMahon – removal of a harassment notice give by the police

An experienced and well liked leading junior barrister. Charles practises nationwide, having practised in London and the South East before moving to Cambridge. Respected for his excellent client care and outstanding advocacy ability, Charles has an intuitive style and a proven track record of success. He is often instructed in both legally and factually complex multi-handed cases and comes into his own when acting in a trial.

PROPERTY LAW

Charles is an experienced barrister dealing with an array of regulatory and related matters.

He regularly acts for the Local Authorities and individuals in licensing and other regulatory matters. He has extensive experiences in the implementation and prosecution of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and the wider regulatory offences for housing standards. He advises Local Authorities on the application to Central Government for the granting of appropriate licences prior to their implementation.

He is able to act in matters relating to unlawful eviction and other housing related matters.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Peterborough City Council v Kaur – prosecuted the wife of a local solicitor for regulatory housing law matters which result in the judge referring her husband to the SRA.

Peterborough City Council v Lal and others – prosecuted the husband of a Peterborough City Council Councillor for regulatory breaches of housing regulations. Successfully resisted several separate allegations of abuse of process made against the leaders of the council and secured convictions. Case was of media interest in Peterborough.

CCC v Coppola – a case arguing about the applicability of the POCA to recover rent paid to a landlord following the failure to comply with an Improvement notice.

An experienced and well liked leading junior barrister with extensive criminal and regulatory law experience.

CRIMINAL LAW

Charles is a well respected and established criminal barrister with a proven track record and extensive experience both prosecuting and defending. He taught law at City University prior to coming to the bar and has a thorough understand of the law.

He undertakes the full range of criminal law ranging from violence, sex, drugs, dishonesty, driving and regulatory offences. He is primarily a defence advocate but only occasionally prosecutes on behalf of the CPS, BIS and is currently a Grade 2 prosecutor.

He is a leading junior of some note and well respected for his excellent client care and outstanding advocacy ability. He has an impressive jury style and is able to persuade a jury in the most difficult of cases resulting in an impressive track record.

As can be seen from the case list below Charles has acts in high profile terrorism and complex criminal cases which often lasting several months.

He regularly prosecutes complex and high profile regulatory criminal work on behalf of Local Authorities (you are referred to his public law page).

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

February 2013: R v Higginson –Norwich Crown Court Leading Junior Counsel for the first of nine defendants charged with a large scale international drug and money laundering conspiracy. The case involved the admissibility of 41 hours of covert material (which was excluded following argument) and reference to the Surveillance Commissioner. Six week trial.

September 2013: R v Nursharif – Southwark Crown Court acted for defendant initially accused of terrorism offences. Terrorism allegations eventually dropped and he was tried for large scale international money laundering and Khat export conspiracy. Case involved over 25,000 pages of evidence including multi-jurisdictional evidential considerations relating to covert intercept material. Two month trial (but following argument case was dropped against my client).

November 2013: R v Robertson – Peterborough Crown Court acted for defendant in a multi-handed alleged child abuse offences both historic and current. The case involved associated care proceedings. Four week trial (but finished after successful submission of no case to answer after two weeks).

January 2014: R v Kenehan – Winchester Crown Court acted for a university lecturer accused of assisting an offender following a murder by her boyfriend’s gang and involvement in large scale drugs conspiracy. It was a case that was reported in the national press and tried by Mr Justice Sweeney. Six week trial involving numerous legal issues and extensive computer material.

May 2014: R v Morris – Norwich Crown Court acted for a man accused of a £750,000 fraud.

June 2014: R v Mohammed – Kingston Crown Court acted for defendant accused of kidnap and false imprisonment. Case dropped following legal argument.

QUALIFICATIONS

LL.B (Hons.), King’s College London, 2002

MEMBER

  • South Eastern Circuit (and Cambridge and Peterborough Bar Mess)
  • Criminal Bar Association