Chris’ client-base consists primarily of companies, partnerships and LLPs and/or senior individuals within the same who find themselves facing, or who wish to avoid, significant commercial and/or employment disputes.
Chris has very extensive trial experience and is frequently instructed in cases because they are expected to go ‘all the way’, either in the High Court or in the Employment Tribunal. In the most high-profile of his recent trials, Affinity v Ferguson and others, the Claimant discontinued its £10 million claim against Chris’ clients shortly before closing submissions. In two other employment competition cases, Rush Hair v Gibson- Forbes and Decorus Ltd Penfold Chris successfully enforced restrictive covenants/ duties arising out of the employment relationship on behalf of his claimants. In Richards and Purves v IP Solutions Chris successfully limited the size of the award made to two former directors and employees of a company after a corporate acquisition. Finally in Gillespie v THT Chris won a significant victory in a whistle-blowing claim brought by his CEO client. Other recent trials include Bourne Rail v Ashton and Others in the High Court and Marshall v Commonwealth of Australia in the Employment Tribunal.
Chris offers litigation, advisory, regulatory [including FCA] and negotiating expertise across many sectors including oil and gas, investment management, banking, broking, hedgefunds, the legal profession and manufacturing. He is frequently recommended by the two leading guides across a range of specialisms.
Chris is often instructed in initially urgent cases where clients are looking for counsel capable of both assimilating complex business information quickly and then providing decisive and intelligible advice as to how best to proceed as well as a proven ability to get results. His track-record in major cases is impressive and include noteworthy successes in several high-profile disputes such as:
- SBJ Lonmar v West
- Towry EJ Limited v Bennett
- Thomson Ecology Limited v Hall
Chris is instructed in a number of cases on behalf of fellow lawyers, both barristers and law firms. He is also instructed in cases with a trans-national element and frequently on behalf of North American companies with a London presence. He leads our Arbitration Group and has extensive experience as Counsel in arbitrations. In 2017 he presented a course on cross-examination at the prestigious European Court of Arbitrators’ Conference in Milan and in 2018 he was one of the arbitrators at the Vis Moot in Vienna.
Chris is a previous nominee for Chambers & Partners Employment barrister of the year award.
He devised and led Littleton’s recent major ongoing training exercise for senior associates entitled “How to handle an Urgent High Court Employment Dispute”.
In Legal 500 (2019) Chris has been described to as “an excellent trial advocate and uncompromising cross-examiner.”
In Legal 500 (2016) Chris is ranked as a leading practitioner in both Employment and Commercial Dispute Resolution and is described as:
“A tenacious and dogged opponent, with a justified reputation for being a fighter.”
“Diligent and effective with difficult witnesses.”
Chambers & Partners UK (2016) described Chris as:
“Tactically astute and gets to grips with the detail. Robust and confidence-inspiring with clients.”