Chris works with clients across various sectors and geographies, but has a particular focus on disputes work involving financial buyers.
The Legal 500 UK (2015 and 2016) describes 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, restrictive covenants and employment-related disputes and privacy and defamation issues.
Chris’s experience includes:
- acting for 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
- conducting an independent investigation for a major global investment bank in relation to the actions of its Managing Directors, following a complaint by the bank's client
- advising a note and security trustee in relation to professional negligence claims against a corporate service provider in connection with a Russian securitisation
- acting for G4S in relation to claims arising out of its contract to provide security services for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- advising Lehman Brothers Finance SA (In Liquidation) in relation to a range of proprietary and unsecured claims arising out of the collapse of the Lehman group
- acting for a sovereign wealth fund in relation to claims against an offshore investment manager
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 the membership secretary for the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), and a committee member of the Commercial Litigators' Forum (CLF).