Charles Bourne


Charles Bourne is a barrister at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square and has a busy practice in public law and human rights, local government and employment, together with extensive experience of civil litigation.

Public and Administrative Law

Charles deals with judicial review claims and advisory work involving public bodies in areas including immigration, prisons, hospitals, mental health and community care, public transport, telecommunications, freedom of information and professional discipline. He is also experienced in damages claims involving public bodies, with particular expertise in multi-party actions.

He is a noted expert in human rights law, was chairman of the Human Rights Lawyers Association in 2003-04 and is editor of the Human Rights section of the Civil Court Practice.

Local Government

Charles has an extensive local government practice. He is particularly well known in the field of public transport and has represented many local authorities in cases concerning concessionary travel. His local government work also covers children and community care, planning and environmental law (inquiries, statutory High Court appeals and judicial review), local government finance, public procurement and regulatory and disciplinary functions as well as all varieties of litigation involving local authorities.


In employment law his work covers all aspects of claims in tribunals and civil courts. Charles has appeared in substantial Equal Pay cases and also has extensive experience in the fields of whistleblowing and discrimination, having been involved in a number of prominent cases dealing with age discrimination and religious discrimination in particular.

Public Access

Charles is accredited for Public Access which means he can be instructed by anybody, and enquires about this are welcomed. Companies, planning consultants, developers, employment consultants and individuals needing advice or representation are encouraged to take advantage of this possibility and the significant cost savings this can offer.

Contact details

020 7404 5252

Areas of Practice

Dispute Resolution

Year Qualified



MA in English, Trinity College Cambridge, First Class Honours, 1986, Maîtrise en Lettres Modernes,


Middle Temple