Chris works with clients across various sectors and geographies, but has a particular focus on disputes work involving banks and financial buyers.
The Legal 500 UK has described Chris as "ferociously clever" and "top-class…never lets clients down" in their recommendation of him for banking and commercial litigation. Chris was also featured in The Legal Business Disputes Yearbook 2015 and among Legal Week’s list of Litigation Rising Stars for 2016.
Chris has significant experience working with clients on commercial disputes, encompassing litigation, arbitration, mediation, investigations and advisory work. This includes complex contractual disputes, 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’s experience includes advising:
- JPMorgan in relation to its defence of high-profile claims brought by the Libyan Investment Authority in connection with a US$200m five year note and an alleged fraudulent and corrupt scheme
- VTB Bank in relation to multi-jurisdictional litigation against a number of high-profile oligarchs including Oleg Deripaska, Dmitry Firtash and Dmitry Mazurov
- Amber Fund Management in relation to professional negligence claims arising from its management of the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW) – in particular, the disposal of a portfolio of properties owned by RIFW
- Marathon Asset Management in relation to arbitral claims for breach of fiduciary duty against one of its co-founders, together with related High Court proceedings against his team and a third party marketer. Marathon succeeded in establishing a series of serious breaches which collectively resulted in the payment of substantial sums to Marathon
- G4S in relation to claims arising out of its contract to provide security services for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
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.
Chris is also vice president and membership secretary of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), and a committee member of the Commercial Litigators' Forum (CLF).