Charles Thomson

Charles Thomson

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Charles is a partner in the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team based in London. Charles has substantial experience of managing a broad range of high-value, multijurisdictional commercial disputes and investigations, particularly those involving fraud and white-collar crime, contentious trusts and complex banking and finance disputes. He leads the Business Crime Unit, and he is particularly well known for his experience of advising on criminal law issues, and the interaction between criminal and civil law processes.

Chambers cite clients in describing Charles as "extremely knowledgeable, user-friendly and always willing to go the extra mile," while Legal 500 similarly remark that he is "a great strategic thinker and a thorough pleasure to work with." Charles is also listed as a Rising Star in Litigation by Legal Week and is also listed in Global Investigations Review as a leading expert in conducting investigations.


Representative Legal Matters


  • Acted for Grupo Torras in proceedings in multiple jurisdictions to identify, freeze, trace and recover worldwide assets following a ground-breaking USD 800 million judgment.

  • Acted for a major motor manufacturer in connection with claims for breach of contract and negligent misstatement which proceeded to a 10 week trial before the High Court in London, followed by an appeal to the Court of Appeal.

  • Acted for a wealthy individual before the High Court in relation to an alleged multi billion dollar conspiracy to defraud in connection with the sale of shares in a company.

Banking and Finance

  • Acted for a bank in connection with a EUR 600 million dispute involving the alleged breach of an ISDA Master Agreement and claims for fraudulent misrepresentation following the payment of bribes in Germany, which resulted in a 3 month trial before the High Court, followed by an appeal to the Court of Appeal.

  • Acted for a prestigious bank in connection with the Libor scandal and an investigation by the US Department of Justice, the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Fraud & White-Collar Crime

  • Acted for a prestigious international trustee in a USD 600 million fraud claim involving a bitterly fought dispute between competing interests in Russia and Kazakhstan and a claim for substantive relief in the High Court in London for asset tracing through complex trust structures and other fraud related claims.

  • Acted for an overseas Central Bank and the national prosecuting authority for the recovery of more than GBP 200 million arising from an investigation into money laundering offences, racketeering, breach of exchange control provisions and tax evasion.

  • Acted for a brokerage firm in relation to proceedings before the High Court for alleged dishonest assistance and insolvency based claims connected to an alleged carousel fraud, amounting to around £30 million. This involved advising on risk management, potential criminal and regulatory exposure for individuals and the company, as well as commercial and reputational exposure.


  • Advised a wealthy individual, who is an heir to an estate with assets estimated to be worth USD 1.7 billion, in relation to claims made against individuals and companies who, it is alleged, acted improperly and fraudulently siphoned off substantial assets from the estate.

  • Advised a high net worth individual, who is an heir to an estate with assets estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars, on claims to enforce rights arising under Sharia law in multiple jurisdictions including Jordan, England, France and Switzerland.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyer's Association - Secretary


  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2004)


  • BPP Law School (Legal Practice Course) (2002)
  • City, University of London (LL.B.) (2001)


  • English
  • French

Previous Offices

  • Sydney