Charles Street Barrister


Charles Street is a versatile barrister with a strong focus on Admiralty, commercial and transnational disputes.

Charles is ranked as the national “Market Leader” in Australia in the Doyle’s Guide for the best barristers in transport law and is internationally recognised for his expertise and ability in matters maritime in Chambers and Partners, Asia-Pacific, Shipping: The Bar – Australia as well as Who’s Who Legal – Shipping -Australia and New Zealand.

Charles acts in all wet and dry fields of maritime law including ship arrests, salvage, towage, collisions, bills of lading, charterparty disputes, contracts of affreightment, general average, bunker supply, cargo liability, marine insurance, marine reinsurance, coastal trading, marine pollution and shipbuilding.

Charles appears in urgent actions involving marine casualty response and jurisdictional contests in personam and in rem.  As well as maritime and Admiralty matters, Charles appears in insolvency, general commercial and class action matters.  In addition to litigation, Charles appears in domestic and international arbitrations, as well as enforcement proceedings in personam and in rem.

Charles was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2012 and was called to the bar in May 2019. He received the Christopher Gee QC Memorial Prize for Advocacy and Evidence, awarded to the top new barrister in the NSW Bar Practice Course (May 2019).

Charles has been a member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand for many years and is a former chairman and former secretary of the New South Wales Branch.

Prior to coming to the bar, Charles practiced as a Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in its litigation and shipping team, having commenced practice as a solicitor in 2012 at Norton White (formerly Norton Smith & Co) in its shipping team.  As a solicitor Charles practiced extensively in shipping and commercial litigation.