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Charles Drinnan

Year of Call: 2016


Bar Professional Training Course (The University of Law)

LLB (Hons) (The University of Newcastle upon Tyne)

Areas Of Work:


Charles became a tenant in Chambers after successful completion of pupillage in March 2018.

Prior to joining Chambers Charles worked as a Civil Advocate on the South Eastern circuit, appearing on behalf of litigants in the County Court.

Charles Defends and Prosecutes in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court.

Charles is a Grade 1 CPS Panel Advocate.

Charles regularly Prosecutes for the National Probation Service.

Charles accepts instructions in Regulatory matters and has experience in acting for local authorities.

In the Magistrates’ Court Charles has a keen interest in driving matters.


Crown Court
R v W (Luton Crown Court) - Secured acquittal in an ABH. The Defendant had allegedly bitten a piece out of the Complainant’s face. 

R v E (Inner London Crown Court) - Represented a Defendant in a three-day burglary trial. 

R v A (Isleworth Crown Court) – Currently instructed for the Defence in a 4-count burglary;

R v C (Luton Crown Court) – Successful result after a Goodyear indication;

R v C (Aylesbury Crown Court) – Successful appeal, persuading the Court to find exceptional hardship in a driving matter;

R v M (Central Criminal Court) – Prosecution of a sentence which received press coverage http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/tragedy-see-crooked-finance-manager-boss-says-judge/

R v M (Inner London Crown Court) – Successful prosecution of an appeal against conviction and sentence for possession of a bladed article;

R v G (Blackfriars Crown Court) – Successful prosecution of an appeal against conviction regarding rail fare evasion;

R v D (Isleworth Crown Court) – Successful appeal for post-conviction refusal of bail;

R v N (Croydon Crown Court) – Defended in a sentence resulting in 20-weeks custody for domestic burglary, possession of 15 wraps of cocaine, theft and driving matters.


Magistrates’ Court
Charles has represented the Isle of Wight Council in Education Law matters.

R v S (Bromley Magistrates’ Court) - Acquittal despite irrefutable DNA evidence. 

R v M (Stratford Magistrates’ Court) – Charles secured acquittal after submissions made under the M’Naughten insanity criteria in an assault case;

R v N (Ealing Magistrates’ Court) – Acquittal in a failing to provide information under S172 Road Traffic Act 1988;

R v F (Bromley Magistrates’ Court) – Charles persuaded the bench to impose a 56-day ban for an offence of speeding. The client was 54 mph over the speed limit;

R v D (Bromley Magistrates’ Court) – Successful newton in a speeding matter. Persuaded the Court the client was going 93mph in a 70-zone as opposed to a 50-zone;

R v S (Medway Magistrates’ Court) - Client was charged with S4 Public Order and linked offences of criminal damage and possessing an offensive weapon. The Crown’s case was ID by recognition and CCTV. Charles made submissions using the Turnbull guidelines. Client acquitted;

R v B, (Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court) - Client was charged with taking a vehicle without consent. Similarly, the Crown’s case was one of ID by recognition by a police officer. Charles made submissions under Turnbull without calling the Defendant. Client acquitted;

R v E (Bromley Magistrates’ Court) – Client was charged with possession of a bladed article. Charles made submissions on inconsistent DNA evidence. Client acquitted;

R v J (City of London Magistrates’ Court) – Charles made submissions regarding an incorrect charge being laid in a handling stolen goods matter. Client acquitted;

R v B (Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court) Client acquitted after a successful half-time submission in a possession of a bladed article matter.


Youth Court
R v L (Croydon Youth Court) – Charles secured acquittal in a vehicle interference matter;

R v H (Uxbridge Youth Court) – Charles persuaded the bench to impose a referral order in lieu of custody in a GBH matter;

R v M (Uxbridge Youth Court) – Client was charged with an assault on a police officer. Client acquitted.


Met Police v B (Ealing Magistrates’ Court) - Charles successfully represented a club in an emergency closure order application. The club remained open which meant that 20 people kept their jobs.

Charles is currently instructed in an appeal regarding failures to comply with an enforcement notice under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Charles recently successfully represented the Home Office in a forfeiture hearing. 


Prior to joining chambers Charles obtained extensive experience in the County Court. Charles dealt with a broad spectrum of civil matters including case management hearings, residential landlord and tenant disputes, trespassers, charging orders, determinations, return of goods and consumer credit, mortgage possession and personal injury hearings.



Charles enjoys rugby, skiing and going to the gym. He enjoys music and heading back to Yorkshire when time permits.


Mr Charles Drinnan is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and his details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

Mr Charles Drinnan holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/

Mr Charles Drinnan is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Mr Charles Drinnan provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/


Operation Rockport : R –v- Draga & Ors, Wood Green Crown Court
John Clifford secures convictions of three Defendants operating within an Albanian Organised Criminal Network involved in people smuggling, fraudulent documentation

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Charles Drinnan succeeds for the Isle of Wight Council, the Respondent in an Appeal against an enforcement notice under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Appellant appealed against an enforcement notice served by the Council over numerous dangerous fire safety issues in four properties on the Island – an important issue in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire

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Laura Paisley joins 9KBW
9 KBW is delighted to welcome Laura Paisley as our latest tenant, following the successful completion of her pupillage. Laura specialises in criminal and regulatory law and her full profile will be uploaded shortly.

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R –v- Fritz Brown – Kingston Crown Court – August 2018
John Clifford secures conviction after trial in Operation Trident investigation into importation of firearms from Slovenia. Package intercepted containing a number of pistols and fully automatic machine gun at courier depot

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R –v- Marcus Walters – Kingston Crown Court – August 2018
John Clifford secures conviction after trial in Rape and ABH case where victim met Defendant through mutual friend on evening in question at her address. All three were drinking before Defendant followed victim upstairs and made unwanted

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