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Year of Call: 1985


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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.

  • He is prepared to roll his sleeves up where needed and will always provide pragmatic, commercial advice

    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • He is quick-thinking and great on his feet, with a pragmatic approach

    Legal 500 2022
  • He understands the commerciality behind things and is very user-friendly. He is excellent at thinking on his feet and finding solutions - it's easy to instruct him as he is flexible and agile.

    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Calm, considered and commercial

    Legal 500 2022
  • Chris is very knowledgeable in his sector (Insolvency), hugely focused on the matter before him considering every angle and when on his feet in Court, he is very impressive. He is also a thoroughly nice chap who builds a very good rapport with client and solicitor.

    Legal 500 2021
  • He is extremely persuasive and is very good at defusing people and dismantling his opponents... He has a huge knowledge and is very client-focused. He's an excellent advocate... He's technically sound, very practical and commercial.

    Chambers and Partners 2020
  • Technically sound, very approachable and practical and becomes part of our team

    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • 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

    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • Very easy to deal with

    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • Calm, careful and very capable

    Legal 500 2019

Practice Areas

Significant Cases

Career and Associations

Insolvency Lawyers Association


Chancery Bar Association

Accredited Mediator


Pending application to appeal is insufficient to prevent a bankruptcy order being made.

Honest mistake by director does not lead to finding of misfeasance

Gore-Browne on Companies

Lexis Nexis PSL (insolvency module)

Modern Law of Meetings (3rd ed.)