Year of call: 2010
E: cburdin@3vb.com

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Christopher has a commercial practice, spanning a broad range of commercial and banking work. He specialises in general commercial litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in banking and finance, contractual disputes, professional negligence, insolvency, civil fraud and conflict of laws.

Christopher is regularly instructed as junior counsel in complex and high value matters in arbitration, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Notable instructions include VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp [2013] UKSC 5, Secure Capital SA v Credit Suisse AG [2015] EWHC 388 (Comm) and Dexia Crediop Spa v Comune di Prato [2015] EWHC 1746 (Comm).

Christopher has substantial experience as sole advocate at hearings and trials in the County Court and High Court, with particular emphasis on banking and commercial disputes. He also undertakes a variety of written work, including drafting pleadings and advising on all areas of commercial law.


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Christopher is regularly instructed for banking work, both individually and as a junior. His banking and financial services practice encompasses a broad range of banking disputes, in relation to both retail and investment banking.

Christopher has been instructed to advise and appear as advocate in relation to numerous cases involving the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products or other investment products.

Christopher is a contributor to Paget's Law of Banking (14th edn, ed. Ali Malek QC and John Odgers QC).

Notable instructions include:

  • VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp [2013] UKSC 5, representing the Second Defendant in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (led by Michael Lazarus). The Supreme Court held (i) that England was not the proper place in which to bring VTB's $185 million claim in deceit and conspiracy and (ii) that the corporate veil could not be pierced so as to impose contractual liability on non-parties;

 

  • Secure Capital SA v Credit Suisse AG [2015] EWHC 388 (Comm), the leading authority on contractual rights against issuers of bearer notes in the international securities market held via an international central securities depository (led by Adrian Beltrami QC);

 

  • Rees v Clydesdale, acting for the bank successfully defending allegations of professional negligence and breach of contract in connection with life insurance (led by James MacDonald);

 

  • Dexia Crediop Spa v Comune di Prato [2015] EWHC 1746 (Comm), acting for the successful defendant Italian municipality in substantial ISDA related proceedings concerning interest rate swaps (led by Jonathan Davies-Jones QC);

 

  • LBIE v DZ & BNYM, acting for the Bank of New York Mellon in Lehmans’ related litigation concerning repo transactions (as part of a counsel team led by Sonia Tolaney QC);

 

  • acting as sole counsel for RBS in relation to a substantial guarantee claim involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and duties of disclosure;

 

  • acting as sole counsel for a charity in the context of restitution claims arising out of interest charged under a multi-million pound commercial credit agreement.

 

Christopher was seconded to HSBC in 2011 and 2012 where he assisted the bank on a number of matters, particularly in relation to PPI and IRS mis-selling allegations, both in court and as part of the bank's in-house legal team.

Christopher has experience both acting as junior counsel and as sole counsel across a wide range of commercial disputes. Notable instructions include:

  • instructed as part of a counsel team on a matter involving a $200 million worldwide freezing order in the High Court (led by Andrew Hochhauser QC);

 

  • VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp [2011] EWHC 2842 (Ch), concerning the admissibility of expert evidence in relation to a jurisdiction dispute (led by Cyril Kinsky QC);

 

  • VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp [2013] UKSC 5, representing the Second Defendant in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (led by Michael Lazarus). The Supreme Court held (i) that England was not the proper place in which to bring VTB's $185 million claim in deceit and conspiracy and (ii) that the corporate veil could not be pierced so as to impose contractual liability on non-parties;

 

  • a substantial LCIA arbitration concerning a construction project in Russia, successfully defending fraud claims for damages claimed in hundreds of millions of dollars (led by Toby Landau QC and Jonathan Davies-Jones QC);

 

  • Pagel v Farman [2013] EWHC 2210 (Comm), a Commercial Court trial involving allegations of unjust enrichment and misrepresentation between partners in a hedge fund (led by Nicholas Elliott QC);

 

  • acted for claimants in a substantial unjust enrichment and fault-based claim brought in Bermuda in the context of Madoff litigation (led by Adrian Beltrami QC);

 

  • NCP v Barrington-Fuller (12 February 2016), acted as sole counsel for NCP in the Mercantile Court trial of its claim under a contractual indemnity, resulting in judgment on the claim and dismissal of the counterclaim;

 

  • instructed in a claim involving the alleged misuse of confidential information pursuant to a multinational conspiracy to obtain an illegitimate ‘springboard’ advantage (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC).

 

In 2013 and 2014 Christopher was instructed as a consultant barrister to the Serious Organised Crime Agency in relation to complex and high value civil recovery proceedings.

Christopher has experience of acting in disputes concerning the liability of professionals. He has acted both for claimants and defendants in claims involving lawyers and accountants.

Notable cases and recent work include:

  • DPL v Geldards, acting for the defendant solicitors in a multimillion pound professional negligence claim, struck out following the claimant’s failure to provide security for costs following the defendant’s successful application (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC);

 

  • RPL v McCarthy Tétrault, acting for an energy company in a multimillion dollar claim against allegedly negligent solicitors responsible for conducting due diligence and verification in connection with the company's listing on AIM (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC);

 

  • acting in claims against solicitors involving allegations of negligence, breach of contract and fiduciary duty in the context of an extensive mortgage fraud (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC).

BCL, New College, University of Oxford - Distinction (2009)

MA in Jurisprudence, New College, University of Oxford - First (2008)

Scholar, Honorary Senior Scholar and Wallace Scholar of New College, Oxford

Jules Thorn Scholar of the Middle Temple

Winner of the Middle Temple Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition (2010)

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