Areas of practice
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, as well as in the High Court and First Tier Tribunal. He also has a busy drafting and advisory practice.
He has experience of Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, including alternative dispute resolution, and disputes involving significant property and other assets under TOLATA. In particular, Chris was recently led by Clifford Darton QC in the Court of Appeal in Kingsley and another v Kingsley  EWCA Civ 297.
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 as a project manager in the global headquarters of a major bank.
Chris is an adjudicator for a consumer ADR scheme also also delivers negotiation training to civil servants. As a volunteer for a national charity, he represents the interests of children with Special Educational Needs in the First-Tier Tribunal, most recently obtaining an Education Health and Care Plan for a child with contingent needs.
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.
When work and family commitments permit, Chris is a cycles and sings. He now only rarely inflicts his trombone playing on his neighbours.
MA, Modern Languages, University of Oxford
BPTC, Outstanding, University of Law
Cholmeley Pupillage Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Lord Denning BPTC Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Hardwicke Award, Lincoln’s Inn
President’s BPTC Scholarship, University of Law
Chris has experience bringing and defending claims on behalf of businesses, typically in breach of contract claims, either in a consumer or B2B context. Chris is developing his insolvency practice.
Property & private client
Chris has significant experience in residential landlord and tenant matters, in particular possession and access injunction hearings. He has advised on disrepair matters at the pre-action stage, as well as advising and drafting witness statements as part of a protracted disrepair dispute.
During pupillage, Chris gained experience of professional negligence claims in respect of property transactions. He also assisted with the production of a recently-published book on risk and negligence in property transactions.
Chris undertakes work for both claimants and respondents and is expanding his practice in this area.
Public & regulatory
Chris is currently instructed by one of the core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Property Bar Association
Catherine Urquhart and Gillian Crew consider the legal issues arising out of this week’s changes to the lockdown rules for staff returning to work On Sunday evening, Boris Johnson urged people to go back to work if they could not work from home. Those in construction,...read more
Re Debenhams Retail Limited  EWCA Civ 600 As is now well known, the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme enables employers to lay off (“furlough”) their employees and apply for a grant to cover 80% of an employee’s salary, up to a maximum of £2,500. ...read more
Court of Appeal holds that immigration guidance did not give rise to a substantive legitimate expectation
Yesterday the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in R (Alliance of Turkish Businesspeople) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 553 dismissing the claimant’s appeal and allowing the Secretary of State’s cross-appeal. The underlying judicial...read more
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