Chris completed pupillage at a leading common law set and additionally undertook the conversion requirements to qualify as a Solicitor. Chris is authorised to accept direct access instructions and was one of the first self-employed barristers to be authorised by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation on behalf of his clients.
Chris spent the first few years of his practice employed by a top tier national law firm where he was in-house Counsel and Head of Costs Litigation. In 2010 Chris moved to the independent bar where alongside his expertise in Costs law, he has developed a successful Commercial, Credit Hire, Personal Injury (including Insurance Fraud) and Inquest practice.
Chris’ practice and experience has been built on a foundation of providing clients with quality and straightforward advice and representation. He is renowned for not being afraid to think outside the box and for his ‘entrepreneurial’ backbone.
Types of work undertaken
Chris’ Commercial and Chancery practice includes advising on the enforceability of legal retainers together with instructions to advise Law firms, Accident Management and Credit Hire companies, ATE/BTE Legal Expense Insurers, national Membership Organisations and Unions together with other Commercial Bodies in respect of regulatory compliance (including advice in respect of business models and compliant procedure post-LASPO), general retainers, commercial contracts and terms of business.
Chris continues to act as retained counsel for a large PLC where he is regularly called upon to advise the board directors on regulatory, contractual and strategic issues.
More recently Chris has developed a ‘niche’ practice involving commercial energy contracts. He is currently instructed by a number of Defendants in a multi-party claim involving the enforceability of a deemed commercial contract pursuant to the Electricity Act and has acted in matters concerning issues of inaccurate metering and the supply of energy to the National Grid.