He regularly appears in high value international commercial arbitrations, involving a great range of issues, and before a great variety of arbitral tribunals (in particular LCIA, ICC and LMAA).
He also accepts appointments as arbitrator. For example, recently he has been party appointed on an LCIA dispute regarding a $500m loan agreement.
As a junior he was twice nominated for Chambers International Arbitration Junior Counsel of the Year (2008 / 2009), and continues to be highly recommended in the same discipline as a silk in all the relevant directories.
He has lectured on the Arbitration Act 1996, in particular on appeals under s.68 and s.69. He has extensive experience of settling applications for permission to appeal, and has acted in numerous appeals under s.67, s.68 and s.69. Those appeals include:
Cameroon Airlines v Transnet  EWHC 1829, Langley J.
Louis Dreyfus v Reliance Trading  2 Lloyd's Rep.243, Andrew Smith J.
Swissmarine Corp v Frontier Shipping  1 Lloyd's Rep. 390, Nigel Teare QC.
Continental Enterprises v Shandong Zhucheng,  EWHC 92, Steel J.
Miranos International Trading v VOC Steel , Cooke J.
Gulf Import & Export v Bunge  1 Lloyd's Rep 316, Flaux J.
Cobelfret v Smissmarine  1 Lloyd's Rep 317, Beatson J.
Louis Dreyfus v Carboex  2 Lloyd's Rep. 177, Field J. and C/A.
Cottonex v Patriot  1 Lloyd’s Rep. 615, Hamblen J.
Geden v Dry Bulk  2 Lloyd’s Rep. 66, Popplewell J.
Glencore International v PT Tera Logistic Indonesia  EWHC 82 (Comm), Knowles J.
Recent cases in 2016 include, for example, resisting an application under s.68 brought on the grounds of apparent bias on the part of an LCIA arbitrator, and resisting enforcement in England and Wales of an LCIA award for US$1.2 billion (under s.66).
Other reported cases on issues of arbitration law include, for example, X v Y  2 Lloyd’s Rep. 230 on obtaining security for costs and a payment in as a condition of an appeal under s.67, Downing v Al Tameer  2 All ER (Comm) 545 (C/A),  BLR 323 on the repudiation of arbitration agreements, and Evergos Naftiki v Cargill  1 Lloyd's Rep.35 on time limits for commencing arbitration.
Directories on International Arbitration
Recommended as a leading silk in Chambers UK 2015, he is a "well regarded international counsel and arbitrator, "he is calm, not easily flustered and he doesn't rise to the bait".
Also recommended as a leading silk in international arbitration in the Legal 500 2015: 'He is beautiful and mellifluous in his approach to the court - it is a pleasure to hear his arguments.'
Recommended as a 'Leading Silk' in Chambers UK 2014, client feedback included the following: "He is a very intelligent, smooth and measured advocate who is very persuasive and has just the right touch with witnesses" and "He is always a joy to work with and is generally streets ahead of any opponent."
He was also recommended as a 'Leading Silk' in The Legal 500 2014 where he is described as a 'fantastic advocate and a real superstar, with high emotional intelligence.’
He is recommended as a 'Leading Silk' in Chambers UK 2013, which states: 'The "outstanding" Charles Kimmins QC is "on his way up as an arbitration specialist" and is a noted expert in appeals and related litigation. He is "immensely thorough and personable - he is going places".'
He was recommended as a 'Leading Silk' in Chambers UK 2012, which states: 'Charles Kimmins QC has maintained an impressive practice since taking silk in 2010. Praised for his "great market insight," he has particular expertise in appeals under Sections 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996, and recently successfully defended an appeal under Section 69 relating to the incorporation of terms into a charter party recap.'
He was also recommended as a 'Leading Silk' by The Legal 500, who described him as 'top class; a really good advocate and cross-examiner who is totally on top of the detail'.
He was one of 3 individuals recommended in the New Silks category in Chambers 2011 which states that he "impresses with his focused and clear advocacy". He was also one of a handful of silks recommended in the New Silks category in the Legal 500.