Charles Machin 1973

Clerk: Colin Perrin

Charles Machin has over 40 years’ experience in the fields of Chancery and Commercial litigation, advisory and drafting work as a meticulous and skilful all-round advocate in those fields.

Chancery & Commercial Law & Litigation

He has practised since 1974 from Manchester chambers in Chancery & Commercial law and litigation. He is noted for his perceptive and robust cross-examination and persuasive advocacy, and has appeared in several important, leading and reported cases.

Significant Cases

Haider v Syed (High Court, Chancery) [2013] EWHC 4079 Ch – will forgery

Wibberley v Insley (House of Lords) 1999 2 All ER 897 – hedge & ditch boundary presumption

Kirklees Borough Council v Field (QBD) (1997) 30 HLR 869 – environmental protection

Re Dale, Proctor v Dale (High Court, Chancery) 1994 Ch 31 – revocability of mutual wills

Ocean Software Ltd v Kay (Court of Appeal) 1992 QB 583 – software contracts injunction

Wigan Borough Council v Green (Court of Appeal) 1985 2 EGLR 242 – landlord and tenant


Charles Machin has appeared in court cases in the north and northwest of England (including Carlisle, Penrith, Lancaster, Preston, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield), in the Midlands (including Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Chester and North Wales, Shrewsbury, Nottingham, Derby, Coventry and Warwick), and in London and the south (including Southampton, Bournemouth, Bristol and Cardiff). He enjoys undertaking court cases in towns and cities throughout the jurisdiction as well as in major cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bristol.

Tribunal and arbitration work

As a good and reliable all-round trial advocate he has been instructed and appeared on behalf of clients in tribunals and arbitrations, for example high value cases concerning land registration, modification o restrictive covenants to facilitate property development, tax, agricultural and employment disputes, and in front of professional disciplinary committees, such as those of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Conferences, mediations and site views

He attends and conducts –

  • conferences with clients and their solicitors
  • mediations and settlement negotiation meetings; and
  • site views throughout the country

including at solicitors’ offices, clients’ premises and his home just north of Stoke-on-Trent. He has a good reputation for being thorough and well-prepared, and for providing clients with sound legal and practical advice.

Specialist areas

  • Arbitration
  • Building and Construction
  • Charities
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Company
  • Equitable Remedies
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • Partnership
  • Probate
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Trusts and Settlements

MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence - University College, Oxford (1972) )

Advanced certificate in International Arbitration
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Professional Memberships
Lincoln’s Inn (1973