Chris has a broad commercial practice with a focus on heavyweight commercial litigation and arbitration, often with an international dimension. He has particular experience in the fields of civil fraud, commercial litigation (including shareholder disputes), banking litigation, and professional negligence. Many of his cases are multi-disciplinary, often involving issues of fraud or bad faith in a commercial context.
Chris is listed as a leading junior in civil fraud in the Legal 500 and is said to be "one of the best juniors in this space". He has particular experience in the field of unlawful means conspiracy, having spent much of 2015 and 2016 as the senior junior acting for the claimant in respect of a claim in the Commercial Court alleging a conspiracy spanning a number of jurisdictions to avoid payment under a sale contract. Chris was also instructed to act in respect of three related arbitrations in Italy.
Chris prides himself on the quality of his written and oral advocacy and was recently described in the Legal 500 as being "exceptionally good on his feet" and "miles ahead of his peers for sole advocacy". He has considerable experience of conducting lengthy trials without a leader.
Chris is the author of the International Maritime and Commercial Law Yearbook section on Arbitration Law and has been involved in a number of LCIA arbitrations. He has a double first class degree in Engineering and is highly numerate, IT literate and well suited to disputes which have a technical aspect (e.g. construction disputes and disputes involving technical expert evidence). He is happy to receive papers in electronic format and is equally happy to talk through a piece of work on an informal basis prior to instruction. He prides himself on being "easy to work with".
Chris has an increasing presence in sports law. He recently acted for an oligarch in a dispute concerning the ownership of a league two football club. He is currently acting for a former director of a league one football club in a dispute concerning alleged breaches of directors’ duties and defamation.
Chris also has a substantial presence in financial services and banking law, and a particular interest in disputes arising from litigation funding.