Christopher Greenwood specialises in professional liability, insurance, mortgage and banking litigation, commercial litigation, and construction and engineering disputes.
“He is very hardworking and clever, with a great legal mind” – Legal 500, 2019.
Chris regularly acts for both claimants and defendants, including, professionals, lenders, and contractors, and is often instructed as sole counsel in substantial High Court matters. He is ranked as a leading professional negligence junior by Legal 500, having involved in a number of high profile professional liability adisputes in recent years. In previous years, these have included 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 series of claims beginning with Halsall v Champion Consulting Ltd & Ors  PNLR 32, led by Graham Chapman QC, in which Chris acted on behalf of the successful defendants in the now leading case on advisors’ liability in respect of tax avoidance schemes.
As of 2019, Chris’ current instructions include acting as sole Counsel on behalf of multiple financial advisers in the current Ingenious litigation, a claim for over £1.5m in respect of an investment in the ill-fated CWMFX foreign exchange fund investment, and (led by Jamie Smith QC) a multi-million pound claim brought by the landlord of a large agricultural property against a leading national firm of surveyors and property managers, following the outcome of a successful claim against the landlord by the tenant.
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. In construction, Chris’ previous instructions include the Part 20 Claim in Co-operative Group Ltd v Birse Developments Ltd (claim by Birse against its structural engineer and geotechnical design specialist), and he is presently instructed in respect of various claims arising out of projects undertaken by Carillion.
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.