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:
- Mezhdunarodniy Bank v Pugachev  EWHC 2426 (Ch), (20) ITELR 905 a ‘trust busting’ claim in which the Bank succeeded in its case that discretionary trusts established by a former Russian oligarch were ‘illusory trusts’ or shams;
- PJSC PrivatBank v Kolomoisky & ors, a US$1.9 billion fraud claim brought against the former shareholders of one of Ukraine’s largest privately owned banks (on-going);
- Astor v Atalaya  1 All E.R. (Comm) 547, a US$48 million contract claim arising from the sale of a copper mine in Spain (appeal pending);
- Vald. Nielsen v Baldorino, a claim brought by former shareholders in a company alleging fraudulent misrepresentation by the directors who were involved in a management buy-out (on-going);
- Ardila Investments v ENRC  2 B.C.L.C. 560, a dispute concerning an iron ore mine in which the defendant alleged that licences for the mine had been obtained unlawfully;
- Grant v Ralls  B.C.C. 296,  1 W.L.R. 5190, a £1.2 million wrongful trading claim.