Chris practices in all areas of personal and commercial insolvency. He has been consistently ranked in band 1 in Chambers UK directory for many years including for his “fantastic client supportiveness” and for his combination of “intellect and commercially savvy common sense.”
He is further “particularly praised for his “flexibility and responsiveness.” One source adds “Nothing is ever too much trouble for him.”
He is viewed as an “innovative thinker and always thoroughly prepared.” Chambers UK 2019 said “He knows the law backwards and is exceptionally precise in his dealings with all parties. He is excellent with technical issues and thinks outside the box to find a solution.”
His practice areas include asset recovery on behalf of insolvency office holders, opposing and obtaining administration orders; compulsory winding up; freezing orders; wrongful trading/breach of directors’ duties claims; 236 applications to examine directors and examination of directors; defending trustees against claims for negligence/breach of duty; Bankruptcy Restriction Orders. He acts for the Secretary of State on various applications, including Company Directors Disqualification proceedings and public interest petitions.
In the recent past Chris had been involved in numerous high profile personal and corporate insolvency cases and is frequently instructed by HMRC in relation to complex applications including on provisional liquidations. He has also successfully defeated challenges to several, including obtaining personal cost orders against directors.
Chris is an accredited mediator helping to resolve insolvency related disputes.
He is also an expert in the inter-relation of criminal law and the civil insolvency regime.
Christopher is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and a fellow of R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals), he is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator and has acted as a mediator in insolvency related cases. He has spoken on numerous courses and conferences. He is a contributor to Lexis Nexis PSL (insolvency module) and Gore-Browne on Companies as well as the author of numerous insolvency related articles. He is also one of the authors of the Modern Law of Meetings (third edition) dealing with the insolvency section.