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

"Charles Felgate is "very good evidentially and strategically," say interviewees. He has a wealth of experience in the planning sphere, and has expertise in Section 106 agreements and other non-contentious matters, as well as planning enforcement, inquiries and appeals."
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2017

“Charles Felgate covers a broad range of planning matters and works on the firm's biggest mandates including the judicial review of the selected route for the M4 relief road. "He is proactive, very good at looking at the finer detail, and when things crop up he always reacts to them quickly," reports one client; "he's got all the attributes we wanted from a planning lawyer."”
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2016