Chris is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team.
He provides guidance on business disputes in regard to professional negligence claims against accountants, surveyors and other solicitors in regard to incompetent advice or wrongful valuations; disputes between shareholders, company directors and funders; protecting business value in cases where key executives and teams have breached confidentiality or restrictive covenants, including bringing or defending claims for injunctive relief. His clients include companies and business owners in all sectors, with extensive experience in retail, recruitment and professional services.
In addition, he has a great deal of expertise in settling inheritance disputes in regard to the validity of a will; claims for financial provision under the Inheritance Act; concerns about and claims against executors or trustees; disputed legacies; claims under the Forfeiture Act where there has been an unlawful death. Chris acts for beneficiaries, executors, trustees and charities and has settled complex estates with property and assets overseas.
Recent examples of how Chris has supported clients include:
- obtaining a multi-million-pound judgment in the High Court in favour of an offshore corporate trustee after negligence by a professional advisor;
- ensuring the protection of a major recruitment business when a large team moved to a competitor by obtaining undertakings from all former employees and the competitor;
- preserving the assets of an estate for the children of a business owner, who died before his divorce was finalised, in a complex probate dispute which involved protecting the interests of the beneficiaries, whilst at the same time providing for his estranged wife; and
- securing a favourable inheritance settlement for a widow after her husband committed suicide without leaving a will.