Christopher has a busy commercial chancery practice. He acts as sole counsel in a variety of matters in the High Court and County Courts in commercial litigation, civil fraud claims, insolvency proceedings and trust disputes. He has experience acting as a junior in large-scale civil fraud, unfair prejudice petitions and insolvency litigation both in England and in overseas jurisdictions.
His recent cases include BTA Bank v Ablyazov  2 CLC 263, in which the Bank successfully obtained disclosure of solicitors’ papers under the fraud exception to privilege; Ardila Investments v ENRC  2 BCLC 560, a dispute concerning an iron ore mine in which the defendant alleged that licences for the mine had been obtained unlawfully; and Grant v Ralls  BCC 296, a £1.2 million wrongful trading claim. His current instructions include a claim brought by shareholders alleging fraudulent misrepresentation by the directors of a company who were involved in a management buy-out (a strike out application by the defendants was recently dismissed: Vald. Nielsen v Baldorino  EWHC 1399 (Comm)); claims brought to recover assets held on purported trusts to satisfy the debts of the settlor; and a series of insolvency claims arising from the dissipation of a company’s assets by a director and his associates.