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Charles Langley

Year of call: 1999

Email : .

Education:

BA (Hons)

PgDL

Called to the Bar by the Middle Temple

Blackstone Scholarship

Charles has considerable experience of all levels of criminal cases. He is regularly instructed in a wide range of work including murder cases, drug trafficking, sexual offences and violent offences. In recent times he has been instructed as a leading junior as well as a junior to leading Silks. He is regularly instructed by high profile and well-established solicitors.

He has been instructed in a number of fraud and money laundering cases both for trial and in relation to civil and criminal confiscation proceedings.

He also has a detailed understanding of Road Traffic offences and is regularly instructed to defend those charged with motoring offences including many clients from a show-business and sporting background.

Charles has given seminars on the most recent legislation relevant to criminal practitioners. He is regularly called upon by the College of Law to give his opinion of various areas of the criminal justice system for their CPD video programme. (Legal Network Television Ltd).

Charles plays rugby and supports Watford FC.

Cases

Drugs

R v Sinclair

Multi-handed drug conspiracy which has been ongoing for the last three years. The case has involved substantial legal involvements concerning the admissibility of covert audio surveillance in South America and Holland.

Miscellaneous Crime

R v Carter

The defendant was charged with conspiring to supply firearms and ammunition. He was said to have been the head of an organization which supplied firearms and ammunition to the criminal underworld. The police operation lasted over 16 months. It involved video and human surveillance and probes recording all conversations in his address. Defendant was acquitted on both counts.

R v Zhou

A Chinese facilitation case involving one of the leaders of the “Snakehead” organisation.

R v Watson

A multi-handed Thai prostitution ring in London and the Home Counties, which made front page news, both in London and nationally, as a result of its sheer size and the notoriety of some of the alleged clients.

Murder/Manslaughter

R v Rooney

Case of “Shaken Baby Syndrome”. Successfully defended a mother charged with the murder of her 8 month old son by shaking him to death. Mother acquitted of both murder and manslaughter.

R v Blair

Nine-handed murder which lasted for 3 ½ months at the Central Criminal Court and resulted in the client being acquitted of both the murder and manslaughter charges. At the retrial on a charge of violent disorder it was argued successfully that it would be unfair for the Prosecution to continue on the violent disorder charge relying on the same evidence as from the murder case.

Domestic Appellate Cases

R v Carmona

[2006] 1 W.L.R. 2264

The guideline case on when judges should make recommendations for deportations after conviction. In this case the Court of Appeal examined the effect of the Human Rights Act 1998 on this delicate issue.

Court : Court of Appeal