Chris is ranked as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners in both Employment and Commercial Dispute Resolution. He was shortlisted by Chambers & Partners for its Employment Junior of the Year 2012 Award.
In the recently published Legal 500 (2013) he is ranked in four categories: Employment, Media Entertainment and Sport, Commercial litigation and International arbitration.
Described in a recent directory as “often the first port of call in restrictive covenant cases”, Chris has appeared in three recent high-profile unlawful means conspiracy High Court trials. His High Court expertise includes all interlocutory aspects of proceedings with recent cases involving issues such as pre-action disclosure and orders for disclosure against non-parties.
In SBJ Lonmar v West he acted for the First Defendant in the successful defence of all the defendants despite not calling his client to give evidence. In Towry EJ Limited v Bennett and Others, Chris represented all the defendants in the successful defence of a £6 million solicitation and conspiracy claim. The third of these trials, the highly publicised Rubicon £100 million hedgefund case in which Chris was instructed leading John Mehrzad (also of Littleton) settled mid-trial.
Chris is the co-editor (with Clive Freedman QC) of CLT’s Introduction to Commercial Fraud.
His recent High Court work includes the successful claim of solicitor’s negligence in Yousefi v SJ Solicitors. He is also regularly, and presently, instructed in numerous partnership and LLP disputes, commercial agency cases, derivative actions as well as various aspects of FSA-regulated activity.
Chris’ statutory employment expertise, grounded by his cases such as the well-known “Gay Banker” case of Lewis v HSBC sees him instructed by both Claimants and Respondents in many of the cases that attract media attention. At present he is acting in Bates van Winkelhof v Clyde & Co in which the Court of Appeal has allowed his clients' appeal, holding that members of LLPs are not entitled to bring whistleblowing claims. He is also acting in numerous City claims and recently concluded the high-profile whistleblowing case Andrew Gimson v Daily Telegraph in which he represented that newspaper's former parliamentary sketch-writer.
Applications for interim relief in the Employment Tribunal are another specialism.
In recent directories the observations made about Chris include: "Also known as a "bit of a street fighter in court" is Chris Quinn who is "tenacious, bold and assertive in his opinions." He is "incredibly persuasive" and able to handle any tricky litigation."
Previous observations are that are that he "is a great advocate, has commercial acumen and tells it how it is" (International Arbitration) and is "extremely robust and offers thorough preparation" (Employment).
Chris has a keen interest in both playing and watching sport and has a developed sports practice to match (including CAS work) despite freely admitting that he lacks any credibility as a true football fan due to the fact that for many years he has supported both Fulham and Chelsea.
As Head of our Business Development & Recruitment Committee, Chris is always happy to be contacted in complete confidence by established practitioners who are interested in joining Littleton. Alternatively please see the Join Us page.