Charles McCombe

Call: 2017

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Charles joined Three Raymond Buildings in October 2020 following successful completion of his pupillage.

After pupillage, Charles undertook a Judicial Assistantship at the U.K. Supreme Court, working for Lord Hamblen of Kersey during the 2020-2021 legal year.

Whilst at the Supreme Court, Charles worked on appeals involving complex points of law across a wide range of different legal contexts. In particular, he worked on a number of high profile criminal and public law cases, including: R (KBR Inc) v Director of the SFO [2021] UKSC 2 (territorial scope of SFO’s investigatory powers); DPP v Ziegler [2021] UKSC 23 (appeal by way of case stated arising from protest activity); and Maduro Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela v Guaidó Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela [2021] UKSC 57 (recognition of a foreign head of state and act of state doctrine). 

Since returning to chambers, Charles is developing a practice across Chambers’ main areas of work, with a particular focus on crime, public law and related areas of international law.

Legal Expertise

Crime overview

Charles appears regularly in the criminal courts for both the prosecution and the defence.

Charles has recent experience of appearing in cases involving allegations of theft, violence, public disorder and the possession and the supply of drugs. 

During his time as a Judicial Assistant, Charles gained experience working on criminal appeals at both permission and full-hearing stages. He is therefore well-placed to advise on appeals against conviction and sentence.

Notable Crime cases

R v G (2022) (Ongoing) (Kingston Crown Court)

Representing a defendant charged with three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of criminal damage.

R v S (2022) (Ongoing) (Reading Crown Court)

Representing a police officer charged with theft.

R v A (2022)

Represented a youth client charged with two offences, one of which was a summary-only public order offence. After legal argument on the approach to counting the 6-month time limit under s.127 of the Magistrates’ Court Act 1980, the Court accepted that the public order matter was time-barred.

R v G (2021) (St Albans Crown Court)

Represented a Defendant charged with causing death by dangerous driving. Led by Trevor Burke QC.

R v W (2020)

Secured an acquittal for a Defendant charged with racially aggravated public order.

Public Law overview

Charles accepts instructions across the main areas of Chambers’ public law work. He has a particular interest in judicial review proceedings which concern criminal justice and national security matters.

He has recent experience of public inquiry work and is currently involved in proceedings before the Special Immigration Appeals Tribunal.

Notable Public Law cases

(SIAC proceedings) (2022) (Ongoing)

Instructed as part of a team led by Hugo Keith QC in pending proceedings before the Special Immigration Appeals Tribunal.

(Grenfell Tower Inquiry) (2021)

Led by Matthew Butt QC and Saba Naqshbandi, instructed by a Core Participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry to assist with the preparation of Rule 9 statements.

Civil and quasi-criminal matters overview

Charles accepts instructions to appear in and advise on matters which concern civil preventative orders. Current and/or recent instructions include applications for Sexual Harm Prevention, Sexual Risk, Stalking Protection and Closure Orders on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Notable Civil and quasi-criminal matters cases

(MPS v C) (2022) (Ongoing)

Representing the MPS in Stalking Protection Order proceedings against a respondent charged with stalking, witness intimidation and making a threat to kill against the same complainant in ongoing criminal proceedings.

Financial Crime and the Proceeds of Crime overview

Charles has a growing interest in financial crime and the proceeds of crime, accepting instructions across these areas. He has recent experience of representing a police force in account freezing order proceedings, successfully applying to extend an order freezing over £100,000 held across two accounts.


Licensing and regulatory law overview

Charles accepts instructions in licensing and other regulatory matters. He has represented the MPS in review and transfer proceedings before licensing sub-committees. Charles also represents Transport for London in licensing appeal proceedings.

Notable Licensing and regulatory law cases

Oktoberfest Walpole Park (2021)

Successfully represented the MPS who opposed applications to vary and transfer a license to enable an Oktoberfest event to take place in Walpole Park, Ealing. The Sub-Committee rejected the applications to promote the crime and disorder prevention licensing objective.

Sanctions overview

Charles has recently advised on Russian sanctions and accepts instructions in other sanctions-related matters.

Instructing Charles

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  • London Irish Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Association


  • LLM (University of Pennsylvania) – Distinction, ranked 1st in year
  • MPhil in Criminology (Cambridge) – Distinction, ranked 1st in year
  • GDL & BPTC (City University, London)
  • BA Hons in French and German (King’s College London) – First Class 

Scholarships and prizes

  • Karen Iest Award for Excellence in the LLM (University of Pennsylvania, 2019)
  • Manuel Lopez-Rey Prize for Criminology (Cambridge, 2018)
  • Thouron LLM Scholarship (Thouron Award, 2018)
  • Newton MPhil Scholarship (Cambridge, 2017)
  • British Academy of Forensic Sciences Prize for Advanced Criminal Litigation (City, 2017)
  • Paul Methven Scholarship (Inner Temple, 2016)
  • Exhibition Award (Inner Temple, 2016)
  • Exhibition Award (Inner Temple, 2015)
  • Formal Commendation for Citizenship and Endeavour (KCL French Dept., 2015)
  • Formal Commendation for Academic Achievement (KCL French Dept., 2013)
  • R (KBR, Inc) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office: The Principle of International Comity and Extra-Territorial Effect.” YFLA Newsletter, February 2021.
  • “Exploring the impact of Council of Europe institutions through a cross jurisdictional collaboration.” Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin, Issue 39, 2018 (co-authored with other members of the research project).
  • “Non-fatal Offences Against the Person: Complexities, Difficulties and Reform.” Queen Mary Law Journal, Volume 8, 2017.

Throughout his legal studies, Charles has been involved in a number of pro bono projects in different areas including prison law, criminal appeals, social security and education law. He intends to maintain his involvement in pro bono and other access-to-justice-related work whilst in practice.

Charles has developed a significant academic interest in criminal justice and public law. At Cambridge, Charles’s MPhil dissertation considered the relationship between harm, dangerousness, sentencing and probation. At Penn, his studies spanned constitutional law, criminal law, international human rights law and the ever-growing field of U.S. law referred to as “crimmigration”, which seeks to understand the relationship between immigration law and criminal justice. Charles hopes to maintain this interest in academic law alongside his practice.

Outside of law, Charles has worked in politics in his native Northern Ireland, on a voluntary basis, with a particular interest in human rights, cross-community and constitutional issues.

I, Charles McCombe, am a data controller and can be contacted at 3 Raymond Buildings, Gray’s Inn, London WC1R 5BH or by telephone on 020 7400 6400 or by email at  My Data Protection Policy can be found on my personal profile page on my chambers website:

All personal data that I process is for the purposes of providing legal services, conducting conflict-checks, marketing, defending potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes, keeping anti-money laundering records, training other barristers and pupils and when providing work-shadowing opportunities, and/or exercising a right to a lien.  The types of data I process vary upon the nature of the legal matter in relation to which I am engaged to advise, but can include names, contact details, biographic details and ‘special category personal data’ (such as details of racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health, sex life and criminal convictions and proceedings).

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, the legal bases upon which I process personal data are (i) the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract, (ii) the processing is necessary to comply with legal obligations to which I am subject, or (iii) the processing is necessary for the legitimate interests set out above, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subjects which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.  When I rely on (iii) legitimate interests, my ‘Legitimate Interests Assessment’ can be found here.  When I process data which has not be obtained directly from the data subject (e.g. personal data contained in evidential materials), it will have been supplied to me as part of my instructions in circumstances covered by legal professional privilege.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, I may share the personal data with:

  1. my Chambers, which supplies professional and administrative support to my practice;
  2. Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;
  3. my lay and professional clients;
  4. potential witnesses, in particular experts, and friends or family of the data subject;
  5. solicitors, barristers, pupils, mini pupils and other legal representatives;
  6. ombudsmen and regulatory authorities;
  7. current, past or prospective employers;
  8. education and examining bodies;
  9. business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies.

I retain personal data for no longer than 7 years after the case has come to an end or as otherwise required by law.

I do not intend to transfer data to any country which is not either within the European Union, ‘white listed’ by the EU or otherwise permitted by EU law (e.g. to the USA under the provisions of the ‘Privacy Shield’).

Under the GDPR, data subjects whose personal data I process have the right to request from me access to, and rectification or erasure of, their personal data, the right to the restriction of processing concerning them, the right to object to processing as well as the right to data portability.  Data subjects also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (

In cases where there is a contract between me and the data subject, the provision of personal data is a contractual requirement and the data subject is obliged to provide the personal data in order that I can supply legal services.  A failure to provide such data may mean that I will not be able to provide the legal services.

Rev 1.1 – 10.11.2020

Data Protection Policy

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