Christopher practises in all areas of Chambers’ work, with an emphasis on (i) commercial litigation and arbitration (ii) health & safety (iii) consumer credit and (iv) product liability. He has also assisted on a number of EU and competition law matters. Since joining Chambers in 2016 upon successful completion of pupillage, he has been on secondment to the commercial litigation department of an international law firm.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Christopher worked as a paralegal in the litigation department of another leading firm of solicitors, with a particular emphasis on health & safety and financial regulatory law.

He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a Double First in English before pursuing a career as a classical singer for several years. He is proficient in German and has a good working knowledge of French and Italian. He has used all of these languages in his legal work.

Christopher was placed first in his year for the CPE in Legal Studies at London South Bank University, and completed the BPTC as an Astbury Scholar of the Middle Temple.

Christopher is also an accredited mediator.

Commercial Disputes

Christopher is developing a practice involving commercial litigation and arbitration, frequently with an international dimension. During the course of pupillage he drafted pleadings, prepared written advices and attended hearings and mediations concerning a wide range of commercial disputes involving breach of contract, misrepresentation, remoteness of damage and contractual interpretation. As a pupil, he drafted pleadings in a claim for breach of warranty during the sale of a solar farm as a result of errors in the accreditation process, and in a claim for damage caused to a steam locomotive on loan to a steam railway. He also assisted leading counsel to advise on a prospective contractual claim for damage caused to a metal recycling plant by contaminated waste aluminium.

During his current secondment, Christopher is working on a wide range of international commercial disputes, frequently involving questions of jurisdiction and foreign law and making use of his familiarity with foreign languages.

Representative cases

  • Abbey Forwarding (In Liquidation) v HMRC [2015]: as a pupil Christopher assisted Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC and Adam Heppinstall in an inquiry as to damages on a cross-undertaking given by HMRC as part of a provisional liquidation order.

Health and Safety

Christopher has a broad range of experience in health & safety covering both court proceedings and pre-trial advice and investigations.  During the course of pupillage and his previous work with a recognised solicitor in the field of health and safety, he has helped to advise private clients and those from the public sector, including government departments and members of the education, restaurant, transport and construction industries, on investigations and prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act and food safety legislation. As a result of his experience working for a firm of solicitors, Christopher is well-placed to advise on all aspects of the health & safety investigation and trial process.

During pupillage, Christopher assisted leading counsel with the preparation of a defence statement for a major health and safety prosecution arising from a fatality on a construction site, and drafted a note for the corporate defendant in a sentencing hearing applying the new Definitive Guideline.

He has also represented clients at interviews with the Health and Safety Executive, assisted with witness interviews, drafted detailed witness statements, and delivered client seminars on topics including internal incident investigations and the health & safety duties of company directors.

Christopher is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association.

Consumer Credit

Christopher is developing a consumer credit practice, having been instructed to appear in the County Court on a range of matters under the Consumer Credit Act. During pupillage Christopher drafted pleadings and prepared advices on a wide range of consumer credit matters in the County Courts and the High Court, including non-commercial agreements, unfair relationships, PPI and the rights of third party purchasers in relation to fraudulently-obtained vehicle hire-purchase agreements. He assisted his pupil supervisor with a County Court trial on behalf of an assignee seeking enforcement of a credit card debt and an appeal in the High Court in respect of a loan agreement.

Product Liability

Christopher has worked as part of a team advising and conducting defences in a wide range of product liability matters, frequently involving multiple claimants and issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws.

As a pupil he has assisted leading counsel in advising on the recoverability of damages in complex contractual and tortious claims involving large international corporations, covering issues such as parent company liability for the acts of subsidiaries, penalty clauses and complex structure theory.

Personal Injury

Christopher is regularly instructed to represent claimants in the County Court and to advise on liability and quantum in personal injury claims. During pupillage he drafted pleadings and produced written advices for government, corporate and individual clients on matters involving diseases and injuries such as mesothelioma, noise-induced hearing loss, narcolepsy, cauda equina syndrome and tuberculosis. He assisted his pupil supervisor in advising the MOD and the Department of Health in a number of cases, frequently entailing issues of health & safety, jurisdiction and combat immunity.

Property

Christopher is regularly instructed to act for landlords and tenants in a range of disputes, including possession claims and injunction applications on behalf of public and private clients. During pupillage he had experience of real property litigation involving rights of way, restrictive covenants and undue influence.

Public and EU Law

As a pupil, Christopher prepared advices on a number of public law matters including freedom of information requests and a lease held by a government department. Also as a pupil, he assisted leading counsel in advising government clients on matters involving free movement of capital and freedom to provide services. During his secondment to the Brussels office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, he had experience of a number of EU competition and antidumping cases.

 

 

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