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Christopher Adams

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2014

Christopher Adams practises in all areas of Chambers’ work, with an emphasis on commercial litigation and arbitration, health & safety, product liability, consumer credit and consumer protection. He has also assisted on a number of EU and competition law matters.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Christopher worked as a paralegal in the litigation department of a 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 speaks German and has a good working knowledge of French and Italian, and has had the opportunity to make use of his facility with foreign 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.

He is also an accredited mediator.

 

Expertise


Commercial Disputes

Christopher is developing a practice in commercial litigation and arbitration, frequently with an international dimension. He is regularly instructed to advise and represent corporate clients in the County and High Courts and at arbitration hearings for a range of commercial disputes involving issues of breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, economic torts, conflict of laws, jurisdiction and foreign law.

Christopher has particular experience of Commercial court proceedings and arbitrations under the LCIA rules.

Instructions Include

  • Acting in an LCIA arbitration on behalf of 4 corporate carry vehicles in a £23 million dispute with a German bank (as a junior) (details confidential)
  • Advising on questions of jurisdiction in respect of a potential tortious claim for pure financial loss pursuant to the Rome II Regulation involving companies registered in both EU Member States and non-Member States (details confidential).
  • Advising in relation to a potential LCIA arbitration for breach of a settlement agreement (details confidential).
  • Advising in relation to implied contractual terms and admissibility of foreign evidence of previous convictions in civil claims in respect of an LCIA arbitration (details confidential).
  • Advising on an application to compel a German witness to give evidence pursuant to the Taking of Evidence Regulations and attending the hearing in Germany (details confidential)
  • Representing a pub-owning company in a claim for rent arrears and breach of a beer-tie arrangement.
  • Representing private landlords in claims for possession and rent arrears.
  • Insolvency proceedings
  • Abbey Forwarding (In Liquidation) v HMRC [2015]: assisting 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 (as a pupil).

Health & Safety, Inquests

Christopher has a broad range of experience in health & safety including court proceedings and pre-trial advice, submissions and investigations. He has assisted in advising on prospects of success and strategy, and drafted pleadings including Defence Statements and notes in mitigation applying the Definitive Guideline. From his previous role as a paralegal at an international firm of solicitors, he brings with him extensive experience of advising on all aspects of the health & safety investigation and trial process.

He has experience of helping to advise private and public-sector clients, 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, CDM 2015 and food safety legislation.

Christopher has supported clients during interviews with the HSE, assisted with witness interviews, drafted witness statements and delivered client seminars on topics including internal incident investigations and the health & safety duties of company directors.

Instructions Include

  • Represented the second defendant at a sentencing hearing in the Crown Court for a breach of s3(1) HSWA involving a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from the accidental removal and bricking up of a live gas flue.
  • Assisted leading counsel with advising on liability and prospects of success in respect of an HSE prosecution involving a fatality in the course of road resurfacing works.
  • Assisted leading counsel with drafting submissions to the HSE prior to the decision over whether to prosecute.
  • Assisted with drafting a Defence Statement in a case involving a fatality on a construction site (as a pupil).

Consumer Protection & Consumer Credit

Christopher is developing a practice in consumer protection and consumer credit, and is regularly instructed to settle pleadings and appear in a range of matters.

He has contributed to Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law.

Instructions Include

  • Acting for a foreign manufacturer of medical devices defending a claim under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (as a junior)
  • Advising a Defendant travel agent in respect of holiday sickness claims under the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 (as a pupil).
  • Representing the Defendant in a claim for breach of a merchant services agreement involving issues in relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • Representing a Claimant bank in a claim for an unpaid credit card debt.
  • Appearing on behalf of Defendants in a number of credit hire claims.
  • Assisting with a claim 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 (as a pupil).
  • Advising in respect of non-commercial agreements and unfair relationships (as a pupil).
  • Advising in respect of the rights of third party purchasers in relation to fraudulently-obtained vehicle hire-purchase agreements (as a pupil).

EU & Public Law

Christopher regularly assists leading counsel in advising on a range of EU law matters, and has been instructed in respect of a number of public law cases.

Instructions Include

  • Assisted with drafting an expert legal opinion for use in arbitration proceedings concerning the alleged anti-competitive effects pursuant to EU law of an exclusive purchasing obligation in a contract for the supply of biofuel.
  • Assisted with advising on the scope and jurisdictional reach of the European Arrest Warrant system and Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA on the application of the principle of mutual recognition for judgments imposing custodial sentences or measures involving deprivation of liberty.
  • Assisted with advising a foreign client on a potential application to the European Court of Human rights for infringement of Article 6 ECHR (right to a fair trial).
  • Appeared on behalf of three appellants before the First-Tier Immigration Tribunal and drafted the appeal.
  • Assisted with advising on a number of matters with public law aspects, including freedom of information requests and determination of a lease held by a government department.
  • Assisted with advising government clients on issues such as the free movement of capital and freedom to provide services (as a pupil).

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. He also has experience of real property litigation.

Instructions Include

  • Advised in relation to health & safety duties, building regulations and freehold covenants in respect of a dispute over the obstruction of a supermarket’s means of escape in the event of fire over a neighbouring property.
  • Advised in relation to service of notice to determine a licence at common law.
  • Represented a private landlord in a possession claim involving housing disrepairs.
  • Assisted with advising in respect of registered charges over property and undue influence.
  • Assisted with advising in respect of a neighbour dispute involving breach of restrictive covenants and obstruction of a right of way (as a pupil).

Personal Injury

Christopher is regularly instructed to represent claimants and defendants in the County Court, to advise on issues in relation to liability, quantum and settlement and to draft a wide variety of pleadings in personal injury claims.

Instructions Include

  • Advised on quantum and drafted particulars of claim and defences in respect of injuries suffered in a restaurant, a pharmacy and in the course of various road traffic accidents.
  • Assisted with advising government, corporate and individual clients on claims involving mesothelioma, noise-induced hearing loss, narcolepsy, injuries resulting in serious neurological dysfunction and tuberculosis and frequently involving issues of health & safety, jurisdiction and combat immunity (as a pupil).
  • Assisted with advising a travel agent on a claim for alleged food poisoning during a holiday abroad (as a pupil).

Product Liability & Professional Negligence

Christopher has worked on a wide range of contractual and tortious claims for product liability and professional negligence, frequently involving multiple claimants and issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws. He is regularly instructed as a junior assisting leading counsel in claims involving complex technical matters.

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

Instructions include

  • Acting for a foreign manufacturer of medical devices defending a claim under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (as a junior)
  • Acting on behalf of a provider of agronomy services defending a claim for breach of contract and/or professional negligence (as a junior).
  • Acting on behalf of a supplier of pharmacovigilance services in a dispute involving breach of contract and/or professional negligence.

Court of Protection

Christopher has experience of the Court of Protection and related issues, including challenges to deprivation of liberty pursuant to s21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and personal injury claims involving protected parties.

 

Instructing Christopher Adams

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Appointments
  • Accredited Mediator

 

Publications
  • Contributor to Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, March 2017
  • Contributor to Safety & Health Practitioner, August 2015 (co-authored)
  • Contributor to Safety & Health Practitioner, July 2015 (co-authored)
Memberships
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
Education
  • BA in English, Trinity College, Cambridge (Double First)
  • Postgradute Diploma in Singing, Distinction and DipRAM, Royal Academy of Music
  • KA Gesang (Singing), Distinction, Hochschule für Musik, Köln
  • CPE in Legal Studies, Distinction (1st in Year), London South Bank University
  • Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple
  • Excellence Award, BPP Law School
  • Routledge Cavendish Book Prize for Best Performing Student, London South Bank University
  • BPTC, Very Competent, BPP Law School
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
Regulatory Information

All members of Chambers are registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. For our standard contractual terms click here.

Bar Council Number: 63295

VAT Registration Number: 248 8321 84

Legal Status: Barrister

Professional Insurance: All members of Chambers have professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd. Territorial coverage is world-wide and subject to the term of the Bar Mutual. Click here for details.

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