Since joining 4 New Square in 2011, Chris has built up a commercial practice focussing predominantly on professional liability, construction and engineering, mortgage and banking litigation, and commercial dispute resolution. He also acts in certain insurance, property damage and real property matters, particularly where they relate to the core areas of his practice.
Chris acts on behalf of claimants as well as defendants, particularly in professional negligence and construction disputes, and appearing in a wide variety of substantive and procedural matters, as well as drafting pleadings and pre-action correspondence. Chris has also given various talks and training seminars in certain areas of his practice.
Chris regularly appears in the County Courts, and he has had numerous successful appearances in the High Court against Queen’s Counsel. He is also regularly instructed in construction adjudications, and has appeared in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).
Chris also completed a combined six months on secondment at three leading City firms since 2012, undertaking professional liability and construction work, and seeks to deploy the knowledge and practical experience gained during this time in all elements of his practice.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Chris read Law at the University of Warwick, where he obtained a First Class degree. He then spent three months as an intern at the Cape Town office of Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys, one of the largest commercial law firms in South Africa, followed by five months as a Blue Book Stagiaire at the European Commission in Brussels.
Chris was awarded a Major Scholarship from the Inner Temple for his BVC year. During this time, he also represented the Inner Temple at the World Debating Championships 2009. Immediately before joining 4 New Square, Chris spent 6 months at the Court of Appeal, working as a Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Mummery and Lord Justice Rix.