Charles trained at Macfarlanes LLP and qualified in 2009, where he continued to work as an associate in the Commercial team until joining Stevens & Bolton in February 2016.
Charles is a commercial lawyer, specialising in general commercial, contract, ecommerce, data protection, IT and intellectual property law for businesses and individuals. In addition to advising all types of commercial clients, for much of his career Charles has focused on the technology and sport sectors, and has worked for a number of different clients in these spaces, ranging from start-ups to established well-known brands.
On the technology side, Charles has historically focused on technology outsourcing (acting on both buy and sell side, for regulated and unregulated clients), and spent a year on secondment to a leading asset manager where he led several large-scale material outsourcing transactions.
Charles is very interested in all types of new technology and, as with his commercial clients more generally, enjoys having the opportunity to understand the workings of his clients’ products and businesses. He regards this time investment as a vital step in the provision of bespoke, value-added legal advice and core to his role as a trusted advisor to clients.
In the sporting world, Charles has acted for clubs, teams, unions, sponsors, agencies and player management companies, predominantly in motorsport, football, rugby and golf. Charles also spent a year on secondment to Nike (based in the Netherlands), and he is regularly able to draw on this experience in his advice to clients on a wide range of sports marketing and commercial issues. The Legal 500 recommends Charles, and observers have described him as ‘impressive’ in relation to his work in the sports industry.
Charles regularly contributes articles on a wide range of topics, and his sports law blog can be read at http://www.lawinsport.com/blog/charles-maurice.