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Christopher has a contentious Chancery practice with particular expertise in insolvency, company and private client work. He has extensive trial experience and as Junior Counsel to the Crown acts for central government as well as corporations, insolvency practitioners, other professionals, charities and private individuals.
For information in respect of particular practice areas please see the links to the left.
Work and cases of note include
- Keeping Kids Company (2017-) – Acting for six of the former directors and trustees of Keeping Kids Company defending the directors’ disqualification proceedings that have been brought against them following the collapse of the well-known children’s charity.
- SHB Realisations Ltd v Hassan Mohammed Jawad & Sons BSC (Closed) (2017-2019) – Acting for the joint liquidations of the former high-street chain British Homes Stores against a Bahraini company for breach of a franchise agreement relating to the opening and operation of BHS stores in Bahrain.
- Ixoyc Anesis (2014) Ltd  EWHC 3190 (Ch);  BCC 404 – Acting for the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy seeking the disqualification of the defendant for causing the company to unfairly discriminate between creditors.
- Lomo Telecommunications Ltd  EWHC 3856 (Ch) – Representing HMRC on an appeal against the granting of a winding up order, including issues as to service, breach of the right to a fair trial and the status of statutory tax debts.
- Haughey v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy  EWHC 3566 (Ch) – Acting for the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy opposing an application pursuant to section 17 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 for permission to act as a director notwithstanding disqualification.
- Advising the Charity Commission in respect of the proposed disqualification pursuant to section 181A of the Charities Act 2011 of a high-profile charity trustee.
- Welsh Ministers v Price  EWCA Civ 1768 (Civ);  1 WLR 738;  2 All ER 860;  1 All ER (Comm) 1108;  BCC 93;  1 BCLC 1 – Representing the Registrar of Companies at a second appeal as to the circumstances in which it is permissible and, where permissible, appropriate to join a third party to proceedings for the restoration of a dissolved company to the register of companies.
- Rowntree Ventures Ltd v Oak Property Partners Ltd  EWCA Civ 1944 (Civ);  BCC 135135 – Appearing for the recently appointment liquidators of Oak Property Partners Ltd as respondent to an appeal as to the correct approach to the discretion the court exercises when it considers whether it should make an administration order under Schedule B1 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
- Officeserve Technologies Ltd  EWHC 906 (Ch);  BCC 363 – Acting for Bird & Bird LLP and FRP Advisory Ltd seeking their pre-administration costs, supporting the application by the directors of Officeserve Technologies Ltd for an administration order and opposing the winding-up petition presented by a creditor.
- HMRC v Connell (2014-2017) – Acting for HMRC in respect of its claim against the executors of the estate of a tax payer who had participated in a failed tax avoidance scheme for devastavit for distributing the estate to beneficiaries before paying the tax owed to HMRC.
- Re PD Verwaltungs GmbH (2017) – Representing the English liquidators of a German registered company seeking a stay of proceedings brought by two creditors of the company in Germany seeking to enforce their debts against the company’s assets in Germany.
- Advising the Charity Commission in respect of an appeal against its decision to make an order under section 76(3)(c)(ii) of the Charities Act 2011 requiring a person who holds property on trust for a charity to transfer it to the official custodian.
- Re Caledonian Commodities Ltd; Re Caledonian Ltd  EWHC 2854 (Ch) – Acting for the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy seeking the winding up of the companies in the public interest, pursuant to section 124A of the Insolvency Act 1986, on the basis they had had mis-sold investments to members of the public, including precious metals, carbon credits, rare earth metals and coloured diamonds.
- Taylor v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills  EWHC 1953 (Ch);  2 BCLC 350 – Acting for Mr Taylor seeking to reduce the period of a disqualification undertaking given by him pursuant to section 8A of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 in only the second reported application under such section.
- Advising the Charity Commission in respect of its new discretionary power to disqualify a person from being a charity trustee pursuant to section 181A of the Charities Act 2011.
- Advising the joint liquidators of a charity as to the rights the charity had in respect of a multi-million pound will trust.
- Young v Young (2012-2014) – Acting on behalf of HMRC in a high-profile ‘big money’ divorce case in which the wife was seeking to annul her husband’s bankruptcy granted on a petition presented by HMRC.
- Official Receiver v Wilson (2014) – Acting on behalf of the Official Receiver in proceedings seeking a bankruptcy restrictions order arising out of the defendant’s conduct leading up to and following the commencement of enforcement proceedings against him by the (then) FSA, where such proceedings were for breach of the general prohibition in FSMA and resulted in the FSA obtaining a judgment for in excess of £17 million and the defendant being committed to prison for contempt for breaching interim injunctions and freezing orders.
- Stormonth v Stormonth (2012) – Appearing on behalf of the Attorney General in a will construction dispute, arguing that a gift to “good causes” was charitable and that a gift of “all other monies” included the deceased’s real, as well as her personal, estate.
- Phillips v RSPB  EWHC 618 (Ch);  WTLR 891 – Appearing on behalf of the Attorney General arguing that a failed legacy should be saved for charity and applied cy-près.
Challenges to a Voluntary Arrangement in Sweet & Maxwell’s Insolvency Litigation: A Practical Guide (2nd ed, 2018)
The Insolvency title in LexisNexis' The Civil Court Practice (the Green Book) (2006 – 2016)
MA (First Class), Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Junior Counsel to the Crown (HM Attorney General’s B Panel) (2014 – date)
Junior Counsel to the Crown (HM Attorney General’s C Panel) (2009 – 2014)
Lord Denning scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
Hardwicke scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
Bateman scholar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Ian Malcolm Lewis prize, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Law Studentship, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
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