Charles Falk


Charles Falk is an experienced Criminal law specialist, regularly appearing in serious Criminal cases both in London and on the South Eastern Circuit. Charles has developed a mixed defence and prosecution practice, specialising in cases with mental health issues, cross examining children and young witnesses over video link, drugs cases and sexual offending, and cases of mistaken identity. He has built a reputation amongst those instructing as being “friendly and approachable” and as being the type of counsel who will “go the extra mile on cases to get a result”.

He is regularly instructed by a number of defence Solicitors, CPS, Probation Services and the Department of Work and Pensions as well as local authority and other government agency clients. A snapshot of recent trial experience would include offences of Murder, Manslaughter, threats to kill, grievous bodily harm, kidnap, robbery, aggravated burglary, violent disorder, rape, sexual assault, large scale drug trafficking, harassment and large and small scale fraud.

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  • Called to the Bar 1994
  • BA (Hons) English and History 2:1

Associations and memberships

  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of Middle Temple
  • CPS Specialist rape panel counsel
  • Grade 3 CPS prosecutor

Notable cases

R v H (2010)

Secured the acquittal of a serving police officer charged with S.20 grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice. He was accused of breaking his wife’s arm during a heated argument that ended in violence and then trying to get her to retract her witness statement.

R v Edward L (2009)

Secured acquittal of employee of Royal Brompton Hospital charged with sexually assaulting a female colleague in the medical records department. Defence alleged that she had invented the entire accusation as she had heard that one of them was about to be made redundant.

R v Jamie Carr (2010)

Secured acquittal of defendant charged with S.18 wounding. He was caught on CCTV stabbing another man in the back 3 times with a large kitchen knife. Acquitted on basis of defence of another.

R v Hickson & Others (2008/9)

Defended as junior Counsel in large scale conspiracy to supply 40kilos of cocaine and over 1 million ecstacy tablets. SOCA’s 1st high profile prosecution. At one stage this drugs seizure was said to be the largest single seizure of ecstacy in the UK. The defendant had been the subject of intrusive surveillance lasting for nearly 6 months as a covert listening device was placed in the car of an associate. The defendant was acquitted after a retrial.

R v Ives (2008)

Secured acquittal of client charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse of step daughter alleged to have taken place when she was 13-16. Defence was that her mother had put daughter up to making false allegations in revenge for client leaving her for another woman.

R v Sayed Miah (2007)

Client charged with false imprisonment,sexual assault, threats to kill and witness intimidation. After a relationship broke down, defendant was alleged to have held his ex-girlfriend prisoner in her own home for 3 months, sexually assaulted her and threatened to kill her and her child if she gave evidence against him. Client was acquitted of all counts.

R v Alexander (2007)

Secured acquittal of client charged with supplying cocaine after cross examination of undercover Police officer.

R v Mai Vu (2007)

Client acquitted of assisting in the cultivation of cannabis when defendant was arrested in a cannabis factory, growing 470 plants.

R v Purdy (2006)

Secured acquittal of man charged with S.18 wounding after having been identified as having bitten off part of a man’s ear in a nightclub. He was identified by the victim having been pulled out of the scuffle by the doorman, ejected from the club and arrested by Police: Issue of mistaken identity.

R v Benevides (2006)

Secured acquittal of client with mental health issues charged with S.18 wounding after biting off the end of a man’s nose in a fight: Issue of self defence.

R v Sismore (2006)

Secured acquittal of man charged with sexual assault after climbing into bed of his stepson’s 16 year old girlfriend and molesting her. Issue of innocent mistake. Client was drunk and thought he was in his wife’s bed.

R v Fernandes (2006)

Secured acquittal of client alleged to be one of 3 masked men who entered a petrol station with guns and demanded money and pistol whipped the cashier. Defendant caught running out the petrol station, throwing away a mask.