Chris has significant experience of acting for clients with commercial disputes across various sectors and geographies, but has a particular focus on disputes work involving banks and financial buyers. His experience includes advising on complex contractual disputes, class actions, shareholder and joint venture disputes, partnership and LLP disputes, economic torts, fraud and conspiracy, asset tracing, professional negligence, insolvency disputes, employment-related disputes and privacy and defamation issues.
Chris is Immediate Past President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (the LSLA), which has over 3500 members and helps to shape civil justice reform and promote best practice in litigation.
Chris is listed as a key lawyer in Legal 500 2022 for commercial litigation and banking litigation. He was also described as a 'creative problem solver' in Legal 500 UK 2021 and having a ‘formidable reputation’ in Legal 500 UK 2020.
Chris' experience includes advising:
- BNP Paribas in relation to high profile High Court proceedings issued by Vestia, the Dutch social housing authority, in connection with certain historic derivatives transactions. Vestia seeks restitution and/or damages in excess of €300 million
- G4S Limited (formerly G4S Plc) in relation to its defence of three sets of high profile proceedings brought by various shareholders in the company, under section 90A and schedule 10A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA). The claims relate to allegedly false and misleading statements or omissions made by G4S regarding its billing practices between 2011 and 2013.
- JPMorgan in relation to high profile High Court proceedings issued by The Libyan Investment Authority in connection with a $200 million transaction known as the Allegro Note
- Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of daily trading volume, in relation to various contentious matters
- Marsh/JLT in relation to various high profile team moves to competitor brokers
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class) from the University of Bristol (1999) and obtained Distinctions for the CPE and LPC from the University of Exeter (2001) and the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (2002) respectively.
He was admitted as a solicitor in September 2004, has been a solicitor advocate since October 2007 and became a partner in 2014.