Biography

Chris has a busy practice comprising a mix of civil and commercial law. Chris is friendly, personable and down to earth. Prior to coming to the Bar, Chris worked as a specialist adviser at the NFU advising its 50,000-plus membership on employment law and a wide range of civil and commercial disputes and is particularly experienced in this area. He is very good at working with solicitors and clients and is highly sought after due to his ability to deal with papers quickly, to give realistic and practical advice keeping the commercial reality of the situation at the centre.

Around Chambers Chris is known as someone who is highly committed both to his practice and to the future of the profession, and he takes a lead role in pupil recruitment and training.  He is compassionate and empathetic but robust in fighting for his clients.

Chris conducts a mix of court and written work in property law with an emphasis on matters arising out of the landlord and tenant relationship in both a residential and commercial context, including possession and rent arrears, disrepair and defective premises, service charges, rights of way and easements. He acts as a legal adviser to a London Borough Council’s arbitration panel advising on issues of disrepair, service charges, and leaseholder disputes.

Recently, Chris has advised and drafted pleadings on matters arising out of misrepresentation relating to property purchases, advising on misrepresented issues of vacant possession and rights of access.

Chris has a busy civil and common law practice and is regularly instructed to appear in court and to advise and draft pleadings in a range of commercial matters. His background at the NFU provided him with extensive experience in consumer and commercial contract disputes. Chris provides clear and pragmatic advice and has an appreciation of the commercial impact of disputes, which he advises on from the outset.

Chris is regularly instructed in disputed liability RTAs and represents both claimants and insurers on the small claims and fast track at all hearings up to and including trials.

He has particular experiences of RTA claims involving damage to highway furniture brought by the relevant authorities, agencies and their contractors. He is adept at drawing out inconsistencies in the opposing side’s case and frequently gets the court to look behind purportedly reasonable costs of repair.

In credit hire cases, Chris is familiar with the arguments raised on both sides and can quickly assess the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s position. He is very good at cutting to the heart of a case and providing pragmatic advice.

Chris has a vast experience and expertise in employment matters. He acts for both employers and employees and regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal. He has experience advising on the full range of employment rights from fair recruitment through to dismissal procedure and practice. Chris is also experienced at dealing with discrimination claims. He is particularly good at considering the commercial implications of a case as well as the legal position and providing clear and concise advice.

Recently, Chris has advised solicitors firms on redundancy and the termination of common law apprenticeship (trainee solicitors) as a result of the fall out from the Coronavirus pandemic and appreciates the issues faced by companies at difficult financial times.

Chris is also direct access qualified and is able to advise and represent companies and individuals directly on suitable cases.

To instruct Chris please contact Greg Piner.

Education

  • LLB (Hons) Law: University of Warwick

Memberships

  • Property Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Prizes

  • Inner Temple Exhibition Award
  • Cecil Yahuda Scholarship
  • BPTC Prize for Employment Law
  • BPTC Prize for Judicial Review

Notable Cases

Successfully representing a large charity pro bono in a 5-day age discrimination case based on an alleged failure to promote

Advising a senior executive at a FTSE 100 company on exit strategy and subsequent negotiations

Representing a claimant in a claim for pregnancy discrimination where damaging cross-examination during the first day of trial lead the respondent to settle the next morning

Acting in a multi-party claim for breach of quiet enjoyment, s.11 disrepair and an occupiers’ liability personal injury claim where the landlord began construction work in the rear garden with the tenants still in occupation

Advising developers on a prospective apartment complex’s right to light and the right to light of neighbouring properties