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To change the default for all file access via open, compile-file and so on, you can modify the value of *file-encoding-detection-algorithm*.

For example given the following definition:

(defun utf-8-file-encoding (pathname ef-spec buffer length)
  (declare (ignore pathname buffer length))
  (system:merge-ef-specs ef-spec :utf-8))

then this makes it use UTF-8 as a fallback:

(setq system:*file-encoding-detection-algorithm*
      (substitute 'utf-8-file-encoding

and this forces it to always use UTF-8:

(setq system:*file-encoding-detection-algorithm*

LispWorks User Guide and Reference Manual - 22 Dec 2009