Chris’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial disputes in both litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on shipping, commodities, international trade, energy, insurance and shipbuilding. Chris regularly represents clients in the High Court and County Court and in London and International Arbitrations. Recent cases include:
Chris regularly undertakes advocacy, drafting and advisory work in this area. Examples of Chris’s experience include the following:
Chris recently appeared as junior to M.N. Howard QC in a two week arbitration under the ICC Rules relating to a long-term contract for the sale of woodchips. The case raised issues regarding the respective obligations of buyers and sellers to meet phytosanitary standards on imports, the communication of acceptance of a repudiatory breach, and issues connected with misrepresentation.
In a recent LMAA arbitration, Chris represented vessel owners as sole counsel in relation to disputes under a Baltime 1939 charterparty, which embraced disputes concerning overconsumption of bunkers and the time of vessel’s redelivery.
Chris has been instructed by a number of Chinese and European shipyards in relation to shipbuilding disputes (led by James M. Turner QC and Simon Rainey QC), and has also advised buyers in shipbuilding cases. These cases have involved a plethora of issues including: delay (delay analysis; damages at large and liquidated damages; rescission and repudiation; the “prevention principle”); defective design; coating failures; intellectual property and confidentiality; refund guarantees; and warranty claims and repairs.
Chris recently represented an energy and commodity trading company (as junior to Robert Thomas QC) at a one week liability hearing in relation to a USD100m dispute arising out of a joint operating agreement for a liquefied petroleum gas plant. The dispute included the nature of the parties’ respective investment obligations, whether one party was precluded from terminating the agreement by an alleged delay in the exercise of its rights, and the parties’ rights and obligations arising from a valid termination.
“The Alexandros T”. Chris (as junior to Lionel Persey QC) advised Charles Taylor Adjusting Limited, which had acted as the claims handler for cargo insurers following the loss of the m/v “Alexandros T”, in relation to the jurisdictional disputes arising from the vessel owner’s claim against CTa in Greece, in particular relating to the effect of Arts. 27 and 28 of the Judgments Regulation. Chris and Lionel Persey QC represented CTa at its successful application to join English proceedings between the vessel owner and the hull and machinery insurers that had been settled before the Greek action commenced. Following the hull and machinery insurers’ successful appeal to the Supreme Court, Chris (as junior to Stephen Cogley QC) represented CTa in its successful application to the High Court ( 2 Lloyd’s Rep 479) to claim the benefit of the indemnities contained in various settlement agreements between the vessel owners and the hull and machinery insurers.
C -v.- D  EWHC 3245 (Comm) and  EWHC 119 (Comm). Chris recently represented an energy and commodity trading company (as junior to Robert Thomas QC) in a successful application for a freezing injunction up to the value of USD105m in support of an international arbitration.
Chris was recently instructed (as junior to Stephen Cogley QC) by T.M. Lewin (Nigeria) in relation to a jurisdictional dispute, which relates to whether the English Court is the forum conveniens for the determination of a dispute relating to intellectual property rights and contractual distribution rights in Nigeria.
Chris was instructed in relation to a dispute concerning the ownership of bunkers on board a ship chartered to STX Pan Ocean. More recently, Chris has been instructed by vessel owners in relation to a number of bunker disputes arising out of the OW Bunkers insolvency.
Chris is regularly instructed in relation to a range of matters relating to banking and financial services, including: guarantees; fraud; consumer credit; disputes relating to loan agreements and lease-hire agreements. Recent instructions include:
Chris is also regularly instructed to represent major banks and credit card companies, including in relation to debt claims and claims under mortgages. In the past, Chris frequently acted for banks in relation to claims for mis-sold PPI.
Chris has experience of a range insurance and reinsurance matters, both marine and non-marine. Recent instructions have included:
Much of Chris’s work involves international arbitration. Chris has experience of arbitrations under the UNCITRAL and ICC Rules as well as under the LMAA Rules.
A number of Chris’s cases have involved insolvency aspects, including issues relating to the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006.
Chris regularly accepts instructions in this core area of Chambers work. He undertakes advisory and drafting work and has represented a number of major airlines and travel agents, as well as individual claimants, in the County Court in claims related to (inter alia) the Montreal Convention, EC Regulation 261/2004, bailment, personal injury, and general contractual issues.
Chris regularly advises and represents clients in respect of Admiralty disputes, and undertakes drafting. Examples of Chris’s experience in this area include the following:
B.A. (Oxon.), English Literature, 1st Class.
Graduate Diploma in Law (College of Law), Distinction
Inner Temple Major Scholar (2008-2009), Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship (2008)
Chris is willing to accept pro bono work.