Chris has a broad practice encompassing all areas of commercial law, with a particular focus on dry shipping, commodities, energy, and insurance disputes. He has appeared extensively in the Commercial Court, representing clients at all stages of proceedings, from urgent pre-action interlocutory applications all the way through to trial. Chris also appears regularly in both domestic and international arbitrations, and has undertaken cases before tribunals in London, Zurich and Hong Kong.
Chris is recommended as a 'Leading Junior' in the field of Shipping law in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, as well as a 'Leading Junior' for Energy in The Legal 500. Comments have included: "He is outstanding in his legal analysis and presentation of cases before tribunals."; “a star of the future and is a fierce advocate”; “he is thoroughly commercial and has sound judgment as to what points to fight”;"...a particularly tenacious and effective advocate; exactly the man you want in tight situations...". He was nominated for Junior Shipping Barrister of the Year in the Chambers UK Bar Awards in 2015.
On 11 March 2019 Chris will be appointed Queen's Counsel.
"Instructed in high-value cases by some of the world’s leading shipyards."(Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2019 - The English Bar - Shipping)
..."Excellent. User-friendly and bright."... "He impresses both in his written advice and in his advocacy. He prepares well and gives great service."...(Chambers UK, 2019)
‘He is often the equal of silks on the other side.’(The Legal 500 2019)
‘He is outstanding in his legal analysis and presentation of cases before tribunals.’(The Legal 500 2019)
"...He has a razor-sharp mind and is very thorough. He comes up with brilliant arguments and gets great results."... "A good strategist..."(Chambers UK, 2018 - Shipping & Commodities - leading junior)
"...He is very personable and delivers quick response times..."(Legal 500, 2017 - Shipping - Leading junior)
‘An excellent user-friendly advocate, who has a great command of the detail.’(The Legal 500 - Shipping - Leading junior)
An "extremely good" junior with a wide practice that incorporates dry shipping, insurance and commodities work. "Personable and commercially minded." "He never gets stressed, always seems to have everything under control and does a great job for his clients."(Chambers UK 2016 - Shipping & Commodities [Band 1])
"...particularly good commodities and offshore credentials..."(The Legal 500 2015 – Energy)
"...he is very client-friendly and a real street fighter..."(The Legal 500 2015 – Shipping [Tier 2])
"...personable, good with clients and a pleasure to work with..."(The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 - Shipping: international arbitration)
"...Recommended for offshore disputes and oil trading..."(The Legal 500, 2016 - Energy – Leading juniors)
‘Leading Junior' Band 1 (Chambers UK, 2019)
'Leading Junior' (The Legal 500, 2019)
Chris regularly acts in a broad range of maritime related disputes. Recent and/or notable cases include the following:
Chris has advised on and dealt with a variety of commodities disputes. These include:
Chris has considerable experience of shipbuilding disputes and has acted for both shipyards and buyers in cases involving issues about the right to terminate the contract for delay in the delivery of the vessels under construction, for expiry of the refund guarantee, and/or liability for defects discovered by the buyers post-delivery.
Chris undertakes a wide range of general commercial work, with a particular emphasis on contractual disputes. His recent and/or notable cases include:
'Leading Junior' (The Legal 500, 2019)
Chris has extensive experience in energy related disputes. Notable case include:
Chris has broad insurance and reinsurance experience in both marine and non-marine matters. His experience includes:
Chris increasingly advises and appears as a party advocate in international arbitrations. Recent work includes:
Chris has represented and advised clients in relation to all aspects of aviation and travel law, including claims under the Warsaw Convention, Montreal Convention, aviation insurance and reinsurance disputes, and general travel litigation, including in particular:
"He is often the equal of silks on the other side"(The Legal 500, 2019)
M.A. (Cantab) 1st class honours.
Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge: Senior scholar, Sir William MacNair Law prize.
Contributor to “Butterworths: Commercial Court and Arbitration Pleadings”
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