Charles is co-head of Torys’ Infrastructure and Energy Practice. His practice focuses on administrative and corporate/commercial law in the energy sector. Charles provides advice to various energy sector participants, including generators (renewable and conventional), transmitters, distributors, and gas and power marketers. He also advises clients on financing, project development, regulatory and contractual matters.
As lead counsel on a number of generation and transmission projects, Charles has provided strategic advice related to federal and provincial regulatory regimes, and he has a strong understanding of project development—from the initial stages to connection and commercial operation.
Charles regularly appears before the Ontario Energy Board on rates, licensing and leave to construct matters.
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in energy: power (regulatory) (2016-2019) and energy: provincial regulatory, Ontario (2018-2019)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in energy regulatory (2009-2019)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year (2018)
Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Environment Lawyers—Leading lawyer (2017-2018)
Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in energy (electricity) (2011-2018)
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in energy: power (regulatory) (2010-2018)
The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in energy: power (2014-2018)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in energy (electricity) (2008-2018)
Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal: Canada—Leading lawyer in energy (2014-2017)
Lexology and the International Law Office’s Client Choice Award—Energy & Natural Resources, Ontario (2014)
Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers—Leading lawyer in Canada (2013)
Lexpert's Special Law Inserts appearing in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine—Most frequently recommended lawyer in corporate commercial, and corporate finance and securities (2011)
Real Time News' LawDay—Leading lawyer in energy/corporate and energy/regulatory (2009)