Year of call: 2008
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Christopher has a general commercial practice, much of it with an international dimension. He has experience of a broad range of work, including banking and financial services, civil fraud, professional negligence, insolvency and restructuring, company law, private international law and arbitration.

Christopher works both as part of a team on major commercial disputes and as a sole advocate. He is recommended as a leading junior in the Legal 500 2016, which describes him as “excellent”. He has also been listed as "Highly Commended" in Legal Week's "Stars at the Bar", an annual survey of the leading commercial barristers under 10 years’ call.

Current or recent large-scale instructions include Orb v Ruhan, a high-value and complex multi-party fraud claim, acting for Airbus in a dispute with an Indian freight airline, and defending various domestic and overseas banks against claims relating to the alleged manipulation of LIBOR and the mis-selling of structured derivatives.

Christopher appears un-led (sometimes against QCs) on multi-day trials and appeals in the Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court, as well as interim applications (including freezing injunctions) and insolvency matters. He also has experience of mediation advocacy.


“has the necessary strength and depth to assist us and our clients ably at every level.”

Chambers & Partners UK 2015

“one of the go-to chambers for high-level commercial and banking matters,”

Chambers & Partners UK 2015

Christopher regularly acts for major domestic and international banks, as well as for individual and institutional investors, asset managers, forex services providers and financial advisors, in cases involving alleged breaches of contractual, common law and regulatory duties.

Cases include:

defending Handelsbanken against a claim by property investment companies over alleged economic duress and LIBOR manipulation (with Sonia Tolaney QC – listed for a three-week Commercial Court trial in January 2017)

acting for Standard Chartered Bank in a claim in the Bahamas relating to a mortgage of shares and the collapse of Madoff feeder-funds; successfully resisted an application for leave to petition the Privy Council (with Richard Salter QC)

defending Barclays Bank against claims relating to the alleged mis-selling of interest-rate hedging products (swaps) (variously with Adrian Beltrami QC, Guy Philipps QC and Sonia Tolaney QC)

defended Credit Suisse against a $34 million claim brought by a Greek ship-owner over the alleged fraudulent mis-selling of structured products (with Adrian Beltrami QC – settled on the eve of a three-week Commercial Court trial in October 2015)

acted for the Serious Fraud Office in the successful prosecution of Tom Hayes, the first trader to be convicted over the manipulation of LIBOR (with Andrew Onslow QC)

defended Credit Suisse against a claim relating to an investment in an Indian private equity fund

acted for an Italian bank in a dispute over a performance bond raising complex issues of cross-border insolvency law

defended Credit Suisse against £40 million claims brought by the publisher Richard Desmond over the alleged mis-selling of CPPI swap transactions (with David Quest QC – settled prior to a five-week Commercial Court trial in January 2015)

successfully defended Credit Suisse in its dispute with Camerata Property Inc over the alleged mis-selling of structured derivatives (with Adrian Beltrami QC)

acted for note-holders in dispute with Lehman Brothers Special Financing arising out of swaps under the Dante Programme (with Jonathan Davies-Jones QC)

acted for European investors in proceedings in New York and California against various banks in relation to mis-selling of residential mortgage-backed securities; complex English law issues of assignment and contractual interpretation (with Andrew Onslow QC)

defended Merrill Lynch International Bank against a £20 million claim for alleged misrepresentation and breach of warranty brought by investors in a securitisation of sub-prime mortgages (with Ewan McQuater QC and Peter Ratcliffe)

represented Co-Op Bank in the trial of its claim against a firm of solicitors for failing to register a charge (with Andrew Fletcher QC - settled after a two-week trial in the Chancery Division)

acted for Deutsche Bank in its very substantial dispute with Sebastian Holdings Inc arising out of Equities and FX trading

acted for Bank of Cyprus UK Ltd in a successful multi-day trial (issues of alleged undue influence and economic duress)

acted for Rawlinson and Hunter (trustees of the Tchenguiz Family Trust) in its very substantial claim against Kaupthing, a collapsed Icelandic bank (part of a counsel team led by Michael Brindle QC)

defended Barclaycard against a series of claims arising out of its role as merchant acquirer in the credit card payment system (sole counsel on some claims, including a successful multi-day trial; with Jonathan Davies-Jones QC and Andrew Sutcliffe QC on another)

acted for the defendant investor in a claim by an investment bank relating to a failed takeover-bid on the Singaporean stock-market (led by John Jarvis QC)

Christopher’s experience of civil fraud ranges from working as part of a large team on heavy multi-jurisdictional disputes, to acting as sole counsel on urgent hearings in the High Court, to appearing in a leading case in the Court of Appeal.

Cases include:

acted for Minardi Investments in a high-value, multi-party dispute arising out of an alleged oral agreement to share the profits of a valuable hotel development and related tracing of funds: Orb arl v Ruhan [2016] EWHC 850 (Comm) (with David Head QC – now settled ahead of a four-month Commercial Court trial listed for 2017)

acting both for applicants and respondents on numerous freezing injunctions (including proprietary injunctions) relating to (inter alia): allegations of conversion arising from issues raised in the Abramovitch v Berezovsky litigation; theft by an employee; breach of a an undertaking to give security for costs; the collapse of a forex trading firm; and the construction of an industrial plant in Poland

defended Credit Suisse against a $34 million claim brought by a Greek ship-owner over the alleged fraudulent mis-selling of structured products (with Adrian Beltrami QC – settled on the eve of a three-week Commercial Court trial in October 2015)

brought an appeal in the Court of Appeal on a leading case on the law of knowing receipt, tracing and unjust enrichment: Relfo Ltd (in liquidation) v Varsani [2013] EWCA 538) (with Richard Salter QC)

represented a company director in a claim relating to the fraudulent diversion of funds from an insolvent telecoms company

acted for the joint liquidators in proceedings against an allegedly fraudulent insolvency practitioner under s.4 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (with Ewan McQuater QC)

defended Barclaycard against a series of claims arising out of frauds in the credit card payment system (sole counsel on some claims, including a successful multi-day trial; with Jonathan Davies-Jones QC and Andrew Sutcliffe QC on another)

Christopher acts in a wide range of commercial disputes, including those relating to telecoms, utilities, banking, pharmaceuticals, IT, aviation, energy, media, consultancy agreements, share-sale agreements, sale-of-goods agreements, JVAs, jurisdictional disputes and the enforcement of foreign judgments.

Cases include:

acting for Airbus in a $50 million dispute with an Indian freight airline over a sale and purchase agreement for aircraft; obtained an anti-suit injunction to restrain proceedings in India (with Sonia Tolaney QC – listed for a six-week Commercial Court trial in October 2017)

acting for a major pharmaceuticals manufacturer in a high-value dispute with a utility company

advising a charterer on its right to terminate a charterparty as the result of an insolvency event (with Ewan McQuater QC)

defending Handelsbanken against a claim by property investment companies over alleged economic duress and LIBOR manipulation (with Sonia Tolaney QC – listed for a three-week Commercial Court trial in January 2017)

acted for Minardi Investments in a high-value, multi-party dispute arising out of an alleged oral agreement to share the profits of a valuable hotel development and related tracing of funds: Orb arl v Ruhan [2016] EWHC 850 (Comm) (with David Head QC – now settled ahead of a four-month Commercial Court trial listed for 2017)

defended Credit Suisse against a $34 million claim brought by a Greek ship-owner over the alleged fraudulent mis-selling of structured products (with Adrian Beltrami QC – settled on the eve of a three-week Commercial Court trial in October 2015)

represented a forex services provider in a claim for breach of warranty under a share sale agreement (with Jonathan Davies-Jones QC)

defended an asset manager against a claim by an investor in German and UK property funds (with Sonia Tolaney QC)

acted for NML Capital in its enforcement claims in relation to Argentine sovereign debt (with Ewan McQuater QC and Peter Ratcliffe)

acted for the Financial Times in a dispute with a media contractor (with John Odgers QC and Laura John)

obtained summary judgment in the Mercantile Court for £2.8 million on a claim on a promissory note

successfully resisted a summary judgment application in the Chancery Division on a claim arising out of the termination of a share-sale agreement

Christopher’s experience of insolvency work ranges from acting as part of a large team on complex and high-value matters arising out of major corporate collapses, to acting as sole counsel in individual bankruptcy and insolvency hearings in the High Court, to appearing in a leading case in the Court of Appeal.

Cases include:

acting for Standard Chartered Bank in a claim in the Bahamas relating to a mortgage of shares and the collapse of Madoff feeder-funds; successfully resisted an application for leave to petition the Privy Council (with Richard Salter QC)

advising a charterer on its right to terminate a charterparty as the result of an insolvency event (with Ewan McQuater QC)

brought an appeal in the Court of Appeal on a leading case on the law of knowing receipt, tracing and unjust enrichment: Relfo Ltd (in liquidation) v Varsani [2013] EWCA 538) (with Richard Salter QC)

acted for note-holders in dispute with Lehman Brothers Special Financing arising out of swaps under the Dante Programme (led by Jonathan Davies-Jones QC)

acted for an Italian bank in a dispute over a performance bond raising complex issues of cross-border insolvency law

represented a company director in a claim relating to the fraudulent diversion of funds from an insolvent telecoms company

acted for the joint liquidators in proceedings against an insolvency practitioner under s.4 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (led by Ewan McQuater QC)

acted for a minority shareholder in the quantum-phase of an unfair prejudice petition (CA 2006 s.994)

Christopher is recommended as a leading junior in this area in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500, which describes him as “excellent”. He regularly acts for major financial institutions on a range of mis-selling claims, as well as for lenders, IFAs and individual investors.

Cases include:

defending Barclays Bank against claims relating to the alleged mis-selling of interest-rate hedging products (swaps) (variously with Adrian Beltrami QC, Guy Philipps QC and Sonia Tolaney QC)

defended Credit Suisse against a $34 million claim brought by a Greek ship-owner over the alleged fraudulent mis-selling of structured products (with Adrian Beltrami QC – settled on the eve of a three-week Commercial Court trial in October 2015)

defended an asset manager against a claim by an investor in German and UK property funds (with Sonia Tolaney QC)

defended Credit Suisse against £40 million claims brought by the publisher Richard Desmond over the alleged mis-selling of CPPI swap transactions (with David Quest QC – settled prior to a five-week Commercial Court trial in January 2015)

defended Credit Suisse against a claim relating to an investment in an Indian private equity fund

successfully represented Credit Suisse in its dispute with Camerata Property Inc over the alleged mis-selling of structured derivatives (with Adrian Beltrami QC)

defended Merrill Lynch International Bank against a £20 million claim for alleged misrepresentation and breach of warranty brought by investors in a securitisation of sub-prime mortgages (with Ewan McQuater QC and Peter Ratcliffe)

represented Co-Op Bank in the trial of its claim against a firm of solicitors for failing to register a charge (with Andrew Fletcher QC - settled after a two-week trial in the Chancery Division)

defended an IFA against a claim for alleged mis-selling of property investments

represented a lender in its successful appeal to strike-out a claim by borrowers in relation to its instruction of an allegedly negligent surveyor

acted for the defendant investor in a claim by an investment bank relating to a failed takeover-bid on the Singaporean stock-market (with John Jarvis QC)

BA (Hons) in Classics and English, Jesus College, University of Oxford (2000)

MPhil in Renaissance Studies, Yale University (2003)

PhD in English Literature, Yale University (2006)

CPE/GDL (Distinction), City University Law School, London (2007)

Open Scholarship, Jesus College, Oxford (1998-2000)

Graduate Research Fellowship, Yale University (2001-2006)

Major Scholarship, Inner Temple (2007-2008)

Winner, Inner Temple Mooting Competition (Lawson Moot) (2008)

Assistant Editor, Yale Journal of Law and Humanities (2001-2003)

Teaching Fellow (English Literature), Yale University (2003-2005)

Teaching Fellow (Equity and Trusts), City University Law School (2007-2008)

"The effect of foreign illegality on English law contracts" JIBFL October 2010 (with Gregory Mitchell QC)

"All in it together: the Supreme Court's verdict on the Lehman Brothers ‘client money' case" JIBFL May 2012

Contributor to Key Authorities in Banking Law 2011-2012 (on commercial lending)

Contributor to Paget's Law of Banking (14th edn) (on secured lending)

Contributor to The Modern Law of Guarantees (forthcoming) (on the essentials of the contract of guarantee)

“Freezing Injunctions and Fraud: Case Law Update”

“Good Faith and Reasonableness in Commercial Contracts”

“Recent Developments in Tracing and Unjust Enrichment”

Inner Temple (member of the Bar Liaison Committee and the Estates Committee)

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Basic French, German and Italian