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.” Legal 500 2021 said of him “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.”
His practice areas include asset recovery on behalf of insolvency office holders, opposing and obtaining administration orders; compulsory winding up; 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.
Over the last few years he has developed a particular speciality in interim applications, including freezing and proprietary orders and summary judgment applications.
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, and obtained personal cost orders against the 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 he is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator. He has spoken at 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.