Charles is an experienced planning and environmental lawyer, who provides advice to both public sector and commercial clients.

Charles is a graduate in both Commerce (1993) and Law (with Honours - 1998). He studied and practiced in New Zealand before moving to the UK in 2002, and he transferred his qualifications to the UK in 2004.

Charles has been involved in both contentious and non contentious projects with experience in promoting development opportunities through the consent process, entering into planning obligations and other infrastructure agreements.

A large part of his work is representing clients through public inquiries. He also has significant judicial review and statutory challenge experience with numerous notable successes in the Administrative and Planning Courts to his credit.

Outside of work Charles is active in outdoor pursuits, and his hobbies include walking, climbing, canoeing, sailing, mountain biking, cycling and downhill and cross-country skiing.


"Charles Felgate is an excellent strategic thinker on planning and environmental cases, combining speed of response with an instinctive nose for the most effective and expeditious route to successful resolution."
Planning & Environment, Legal 500 2021

"His advice is first-class, his grasp of technical projects is outstanding, and his ability to relate to all of that within the context of elected members is fantastic."
Planning, Chambers & Partners 2021

"Impressive resources, knowledge base and capabilities."
Legal 500, 2020

He is very good on detail and at giving strong advice to clients. He is very practical, engaging and easy to work with."
Chambers & Partners, Planning & Construction, 2020

"Charles Felgate has 'in-depth knowledge of planning law and has particular expertise on the subject of planning obligations'.
Legal 500, 2019

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