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"First-rate"Legal 500 2018
“He’s always on top of the facts and the law, and he’s an excellent technical lawyer for complex matters, whose also very commercial.”Chambers & Partners 2018
A commercial barrister with considerable experience across a wide range of chambers work. He has successfully represented clients in a number of landmark cases in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords.
Recommended in the directories for Commercial Dispute Resolution and Professional Negligence.
“He’s always on top of the facts and the law, and he’s an excellent technical lawyer for complex matters, whose also very commercial.”
Chambers & Partners 2018.
Christopher is recommended in the directories for Commercial Dispute Resolution as a leading practitioner in this area. He is able to draw upon experience across a wide range of business areas, including the banking and financial, technological and property sectors.
He has substantial experience of business acquisition disputes (such as warranty claims arising in share purchase disputes) as well as of internal business disputes (shareholder/director disputes, unfair prejudice petitions, partnership and joint venture disputes). He is also regularly instructed in general commercial contractual disputes, asset recovery proceedings and procurement disputes. He is able to draw on his experience of trust and property law in so far as may be relevant.
He has considerable experience of cases requiring urgent injunctive relief (including freezing injunctions, search orders, springboard injunctions and third-party disclosure orders). He has often been instructed in claims with an international or multi-jurisdictional aspect and is experienced in collaborating with lawyers in foreign jurisdictions throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and the Caribbean.
Christopher has a particular interest in the new legal challenges arising from the impact of technological developments in the modern world.
Christopher has also been instructed on numerous commercial employment disputes in High Court litigation covering team moves, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the protection and recovery of trade secrets and commercially sensitive confidential information, data and databases. He successfully represented the claimants in Beckett Management Investment Group v Hall  EWCA Civ. 613,  1 ICR 1539,  IRLR 793 (the leading modern authority on the enforcement of employee restrictive covenants) and in Flogas Britain v Calor Gas Ltd  EWHC 3060 (Ch),  FSR 34. (the first English High Court case to consider infringement of a EU database right). He is also experienced in dealing with High Court employment claims relating to executive pay, pensions and director’s duties.
Christopher is also experienced in providing advice on jurisdictional disputes and conflict of law as they arise in commercial disputes but he has also been instructed to provide specialist advice and representation on unusual and complex jurisdictional matters such as Goldstone v Goldstone  EWCA Civ. 39  1 FLR 1926,  1 FCR 324 (jurisdiction of the High Court to join and make freezing orders against off-shore corporate entities in complex trust structures to financial relief proceedings) and Ackermann v Synergy Capital  EWHC 887 (Ch) (replacement of insolvent off-shore corporate trustees of English investment trust of Scottish LLP established for management buy-out of leading UK insurer).
Listed in the directories as a leading practitioner in the field of Professional Negligence. His focus in this field has been largely on claims arising from or related to property transactions (including mortgage lending) or the acquisition of businesses. He has experience in dealing with claims against a variety of professionals including solicitors, surveyors, architects and accountants. He is also noted for his particular expertise in dealing with claims against trustees and fiduciaries in such cases as Daniel v Stanley Tees  4 WLR 115 and in dealing with issues of limitation in such cases as Barnett v Creggy  Ch. 273 and Boycott v Perrins Guy Williams  EWHC 2969.
With many years’ experience in complex property and commercial law matters, Christopher is able to provide specialist legal advice on some of the more difficult legal issues which can encounter in property damage matters, including property insurance disptues. He provided, by way of example, specific legal advice on the various claims arising in connection with the Buncefield litigation.
Christopher successful represented Carnival Plc in the landmark case Milner v Carnival PLC  EWCA Civ 389,  3 All ER 701,  Lloyds Rep. 374,  PIQR Q3 (the assessment of damages for a ruined holiday) and as a junior barrister he dealt with numerous claims under the Package Holiday Regulations. He has advised on contractual issues between travel operators and on issues arising under specific international conventions impacting on travel claims.
As a junior barrister Christopher’s practice was initially focused on a wide variety of property disputes including landlord and tenant disputes (both commercial and residential). He continues to accept instructions on such matters. In light of his success in Stack v Dowden  UKHL 17,  2 AC 432 he is often asked to deal with matters which involve an element of trust or fiduciary obligation within the practice areas set mentioned above. But he also continues to be heavily involved in cases between co-owners of property, unmarried couples and proprietary estoppel claims. He regards this as an important part of his practice as it enables him to assist people from diverse backgrounds who are faced with what are often difficult and life-changing events. Please contact the clerks for further information on this part of Christopher’s practice.
Christopher regularly acts for parties involved in ADR such as arbitration or mediation. He embraced mediation at a very earlier stage and qualified as a CEDR mediator as long ago as 2000. He has since been involved in numerous mediations acting for one of the parties or as mediator.
He accepts appointments as a mediator or as an arbitrator.