Christopher Greenwood specialises in professional liability, insurance, mortgage and banking litigation, commercial litigation, and construction and engineering disputes.
Chris regularly acts for both claimants and defendants, acting both for and against lenders, contractors and professionals, and is often instructed as sole counsel in substantial High Court matters. He is also presently retained by financial advisors and accountants defending several claims brought by taxpayers in respect of various tax schemes, including film and gift aid relief schemes.
Chris is ranked as a leading professional negligence junior by Legal 500 and in their 2019 edition is described as “very hardworking and clever, with a great legal mind”. He has been led on a number of high profile professional liability and construction disputes in recent years. These include Gemini (Eclipse 2006-3) Plc v CBRE Limited and Warwick Street (KS) LLP (a securitised lender claim seeking damages in excess of £230m), the Right to Buy litigation, and the Part 20 Claim in Co-operative Group Ltd v Birse Developments Ltd (claim by Birse against its structural engineer and geotechnical design specialist). Most recently, led by Graham Chapman QC, Chris acted on behalf of the successful defendants in the now leading case on advisors’ liability in respect of tax avoidance schemes, Halsall v Champion Consulting Ltd & Ors  PNLR 32.
In mortgage and banking, Chris was part of the team acting for RBS in Property Alliance Group v RBS, involving issues as to mis-selling of swaps, LIBOR-rigging, and the Global Restructuring Group within RBS, and he has been led in numerous claims involving alleged interest rate hedging products.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Chris studied Law at the University of Warwick, where he obtained a First Class degree.
Chris was subsequently awarded a Major Scholarship from the Inner Temple for his BVC year, during which 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. Since joining Chambers, Chris has also completed a combined six months on secondment at three leading City firms, undertaking professional liability and construction work.