Call: 1985

Silk: 2002

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"exceptionally bright ... a man to have on your side."

Chambers UK 2013 - Chancery Traditional

"calm, considered and pleasant" and an "excellent choice" for pensions matters.

Chambers 2013 - Pensions

"extremely clever but also tremendously approachable - he is very versatile and prepared to adapt to the needs of his client."

Chambers UK 2013 - Offshore

proffers "pragmatic and detailed advice" on fraud cases, trusts, tax and settlement agreements. Clients and instructing solicitors value his "tremendous" drafting skills, as well as his "affable, understated" style. Chambers UK 2012 - Chancery Traditional

"can always be relied upon to provide high-quality advice." His popularity is furthered by his user-friendly style and excellent client manner. Chambers UK 2012 - Pensions


“Truly gifted,” he delights sources with his creative approach - “he is a barrister who is willing to think outside the box more than most.”
“an effective advocate who commands the confidence of the court and explains complex arguments in an easily comprehensible way.”

“sound practical advice and an incisive, analytical approach” to problems.

“impressively responsive for a busy barrister.”

Chambers UK 2010


"possesses an incisive, incredible legal brain"

Chambers UK 2007

"Excellent"

The Legal 500


Practice

Christopher has a wide ranging Chancery practice.   Since taking silk, he has focused on trusts and estates, tax, pension schemes and associated professional negligence.

Trusts: Christopher has considerable experience of contentious and non-contentious aspects of the administration of trusts both on and off-shore (including aspects arising in family cases).   He spent a major part of the last year litigating in the Cayman Islands in the Ojjeh trust litigation.    Interesting cases include Re Rogers [2006] 1 WLR 1577; (test case concerning probate and LLPs).    Random House UK Ltd v Allason & Ors [2008] EWHC 2854 (Ch) ;  Sargeant v Reese  [2008] 1 P&CR DG8 ;

Tax:  Christopher is noted for his experience and judgment in tax matters.   Before taking silk he was a standing Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue and brings that experience to bear in his private practice. Has extensive experience in tax cases before the special and general commissioners and in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.   Recent cases include: Charlton v HMRC [2012] UKFTT 770; Greenbank v HMRC [2011] STC 1582; Boyer Allan Investment Services Ltd v Revenue & Customs [2012] UKFTT 558 (TC); Johnston Publishing North v HMRC [2008] EWCA Civ 858; Underwood v HMRC [2008] EWCA Civ 1423.

Pension Schemes: Christopher  has a wide experience in dealing with all aspects of pension schemes both contentious and non contentious.   He was involved in the litigation surrounding the T&N Pension Scheme (concerning the recovery by pension scheme trustees of debts due from an insolvent employer), the KPMG pension scheme (meaning of money purchase scheme) and has advised on various regulatory matters for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He regularly advises public bodies such as the Pension Protection Fund, the Pension Regulator, the Inland Revenue and the Bank of England.  He advised the Pension Regulator in connection with regulatory action concerning Visteon and the PPF in connection with several issues.  He recently advised in the Lehman Bros pension scheme and the Pilot’s Scheme case.

Professional Negligence: Christopher is regularly instructed in large professional negligence cases.   He acted as expert witness for Bar Mutual Fund (Hands v Shipwright – largest claim ever against a barrister.)   He is presently advising a large firm of accountants regarding a claim involving PAYE.

 

Professional Reputation

Christopher is recommended as a leading silk in the current editions of Chambers UK, The Legal 500 and Legal Experts for his pensions, charities, offshore and personal tax, trusts and probate work.

 

Professional Memberships

Christopher is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, STEP and APL.