Chris is a highly sought after litigator in any breakdown of an employment or senior corporate relationship which is likely to end up in Court. His litigation skills are second-to-none and, as a result, he is very frequently instructed in the High Court, in coterminous proceedings in the Employment Tribunal and in commercial arbitrations.
Chris has been so frequently compared to various members of the animal kingdom and subjected to dubious comparisons to armed assailants and the like that instead of quoting the directories we limit ourselves to noting that he is ranked by Chambers & Partners as a leading employment and commercial dispute resolution practitioner and by Legal 500 in those categories and also in their Media, Entertainment and Sport and International Arbitration categories as well.
Chris has a record of success in major High Court trials including SBJ Lonmar v West and Towry EJ Limited v Bennett. These cases saw him successfully defend individuals and corporations facing seven-figure conspiracy and breach of duty claims. In 2013 he was able to add a successful application for summary judgment in Thomson Ecology v Hall and others to his achievements.
The Thomson Ecology case is illustrative of Chris’ practice for a number of reasons. Firstly it demonstrates the breadth of his expertise in that, as is often the case, it involved a wide range of causes of action that took it outside the comfort-zone of most employment practitioners and secondly it showed his ability to make use of Court procedures and rules so as to secure a short-route to a successful result for his clients.
Chris’ practice sees him deal very regularly with the normal facets of a senior employment relationship such as restrictive covenants, fiduciary duties, shareholders’ agreements, investment agreements and joint ventures. It involves his frequent instruction in Employment Tribunal cases which in 2013 included his successful representation of Tullow Oil.
Other cases in 2013 included his instruction as the sole leading junior in the £100 million Rubicon hedgefund dispute, his successful involvement in a major commercial arbitration, his instruction in the ongong Bates van Winkelhof case on the applicability of whistleblowing protection to LLP members and his instruction in the litigation following the fall-out between the partners in Marathon Asset Management.
Chris’ fearlessness and independence as an advocate, his unstinting efforts on behalf of all his clients and his track-record mark him out and explain the fact that his solicitors and clients come back to him time and again. He is typically instructed against Silks and has the practice of a Silk even though he remains a Junior and currently has no plans to apply for elevation.
Chris is also frequently instructed to advise or assist in significant internal disputes in major firms and partnerships where the need for discetion is such that they cannot be named.
Chris is the Head of both our Business Development Committee and also of our Recruitment Committee.