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Expertise
COMMERCIAL

Christopher accepts instructions in all aspects of commercial law. He has advised on, settled pleadings in and appeared as sole and led counsel in numerous contractual disputes and contested applications.

Insolvency and enforcement matters form a substantial part of Christopher’s practice and complement his general commercial work. He has regular experience of corporate and personal insolvency matters such as winding up petitions, s.994 petitions, bankruptcy petitions, the setting aside of statutory demands and orders for sale. He acts for office holders, creditors, debtors and company officials.

He has particular experience of claims relating to defective building works carried out to residential and commercial property and is adept at providing tactical advice throughout the life of a claim to achieve positive and commercially sensible results for his clients.

PROPERTY

Christopher undertakes a range of residential and commercial property work. His regular instructions relate to possession and disrepair issues, forfeiture, injunctions to prevent trespass and service charge disputes in the FTT.  His recent experience also includes TOLATA claims, nuisance actions and boundary disputes.

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

Christopher acts in claims involving a wide range of professionals, particularly in matters related to his other areas of practice. The experience gained from a variety of legal areas is invaluable.

He has particular experience of dealing with pre-action disclosure applications.

PERSONAL INJURY

Christopher has a busy personal injury practice, both written and in court. His work spans fast and multi-track matters and is built on a wealth of trial experience covering:

  • Catastrophic injury

  • Employers’ and Occupiers’ liability

  • RTAs (including MIB cases) particularly involving allegations of fraud

  • Highway authorities’ liability

  • Clinical negligence


Christopher has extensive experience of securing the disapplication of QOCS in cases where fraud or exaggeration are suspected after dismissal or discontinuance of claims.
Education

  • Direct Public Access Qualified

  • BPTC – College of Law, Very Competent

  • BA Law (Hons) 2:1 – University of Birmingham

Recent cases

  • Acting for solicitors resisting a pre-action disclosure application. The potential claims were alleged to amount to c.£250,000 arising from the handling of several pieces of litigation over a two-year period.

  • Advising on several disputes arising from the sale of small / medium sized business (c.£200,000) and the extend of parties’ obligations pursuant to an “all reasonable endeavours” clause.

  • Securing a six-figure settlement in an EL claim.

  • Advising a local authority on issues surrounding a farm business tenancy.

  • Achieving, at mediation, the favourable settlement of a s.994 unfair prejudice petition.

  • Miroslaw v Kapur (2019, Central London CC). Successful representation of a homeowner in a claim involving allegations of the fraudulent manufacture of receipts and defective building works. The allegations of dishonesty failed and Christopher secured a significant judgment for his client as well as an order for his costs to be paid on the indemnity basis.

  • Akram v Attic Conversions Northwest & Roof Space Conversions Ltd (2018, TCC Manchester District Registry). A substantial multi-track claim arising from defective building works carried out to the claimants’ home and involving extensive expert evidence.

  • ARB v Hammersmith v R [2017] EWHC 2438 (QB). Junior counsel for R in a contractual claim for damages for the costs of bringing up a healthy child against an IVF clinic involving issues of contractual negligence, contractual warranty and public policy. The case received national media attention.

Awards
Bazil Neild Prize
Memberships

  • Inner Temple

  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

  • Property Bar Association (PBA)

  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)

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