Charles Burnett


International Protection
+44 20 7724 4488
English, French


Charles specialises in asylum and protection claims, appeals to the Immigration Tribunals and public law challenges against decisions by the UK Home Office. Over the years, he has helped countless individuals to obtain protection from harm in some of the most difficult and atypical cases. He has extensive knowledge of UK immigration law, refugee law and international human rights law. He has acted on behalf of clients in a wide number of complex protection cases in the UK and abroad, as well as before international jurisdictions, including the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Charles has particular experience and insight in bringing protection claims based on political opinion; this is an especially complex area of refugee law in which Gherson Solicitors LLP has a unique and unparalleled expertise.

Charles fights tirelessly for his clients and he is regularly commended for his thorough understanding of the law, compassion and dedication to his clients and their cases. We consistently receive excellent feedback, from clients and Counsels alike, highlighting the quality of Charles’ work, including his client-handling, strategic decision-making and drafting.


  • Registered as a European lawyer with the Brussels Bar (French section)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales: 2014


Charles was recognised as a Rising Star by Legal 500 in 2020 and 2021 and as a Next Generation Partner in 2022 and 2024


Legal 500, 2024

I have worked with Charles Burnett and Amalia Gherson; they have both got more experience, knowledge and patience to deal with the issues of the clients than any of their competitors.

Legal 500

Charles is an exceptional lawyer, he advises his clients with utter professionalism and empathy and manages their matters with a level of skill and dedication which sets him apart from his peers in other firms.

Legal 500

Charles Burnett is a real star of the Gherson operation. Together with an ability to juggle a huge workload, he has real insight into what it takes, legally and evidentially, to win difficult, complex and politically sensitive immigration and asylum cases

Legal 500

Charles is Indefatigable. He is a major asset at Gherson and a major asset to his clients

Legal 500

The team is easily approachable and can give the best advice when dealing with clients with great patience – especially Charles Burnett, who has dealt with our case.

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