Chris accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ core areas of practice, with a focus on property, insolvency and private client work, and appears regularly in the County Court, and increasingly in the High Court and First Tier Tribunal. He also has a busy drafting and advisory practice. Chris has appellate and first instance experience as junior counsel, led on both occasions by Clifford Darton QC.
Before coming to the Bar, he spent 12 years as an officer in the British Army and developed strong organisational skills and a practical approach to problem-solving. He also has experience of commercial complexity gained in the global headquarters of a major bank.
Chris speaks Russian, Farsi and German and particularly welcomes instructions with an international flavour. Chris is also qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access Scheme.
Chris’ broader experience has taught him the true benefit of ADR for parties considering or engaged in litigation. In pupillage, he gained experience of mediation in contexts as diverse as a commercial lease dispute and an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 matter.
He is always alert to opportunities for settlement. Chris developed and delivers training in negotiation skills to UK civil servants.
Chris’ practice covers all areas of commercial litigation. He successfully acted for a specialist supplier to theatres in a breach of contract claim that settled prior to issue. He is currently instructed in disputes arising out of oil and gas pipeline surveys off West Africa, energy from waste plants in the UK, new battery technologies and motor vehicle insurance brokerage.
Chris accepts instructions in corporate and individual matters, for both creditors and debtors, across the full range of the insolvency jurisdiction.
Landlord & Tenant
Chris is frequently instructed in landlord & tenant matters at the advisory and litigation stages, in residential, commercial and agricultural contexts. He regularly appears in the County Court in possession proceedings, as well as in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
Chris’ practice regularly involves acting and advising on a variety of property litigation matters including claims concerning trusts of land, riparian rights, and easement and boundary disputes. He is starting to develop a specialist property damage practice with an emphasis on flooding.
He also accepts instructions in property-related matters, such as alleged negligence by surveyors.
Trusts, Probate & Estates
Chris welcomes instructions relating to trust and estate disputes. He has experience advising on the validity of wills and the application of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.