Chris has over 25 years’ experience in dealing with the issues resulting from financial distress in business – restructuring, corporate recovery, insolvency and related work. He is a positive influence in a crisis and a true trusted advisor to clients.

Chris is rated in the legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers as a “great resource for complex aspects of insolvency law” and considered to be “tenacious and thorough in his approach” as well as “extremely approachable, calm and very pragmatic”.

  • Companies and their directors; professional services firms and their members in restructurings, financial turnaround, business sales and purchases as well as litigation in distressed and insolvent scenarios;
  • Insolvency practitioners in the realisation of corporate assets through sales transactions
  • Insolvency practitioners in the investigation of corporate fraud   and ensuing recovery litigation;
  • Creditors in the recovery of debts and enforcement of security rights;
  • Financial affairs of insolvent (former) high net worth individuals and deceased individuals.

Reported Cases

  • Doorbar v Alltime Securities (1993) – Court of Appeal, Chairman’s valuation of prospective/contingent claims in an Individual Voluntary Arrangement;
  • TSB Bank plc v Marshall & Rodgers (1999) –  first reported case on enforcement of equitable mortgage under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996;
  • Fennell v Halliwells LLP (2013) – exercise of Court’s discretion to allow proceedings to be issued against a firm in liquidation to determine a former member’s rights.


Notable Expertise

  • Insolvent Deceased Estates – acted on numerous petitions and estates and lectured for R3.

Previous Law Firms

  • Irwin Mitchell 2002-2013, Partner in Leeds and Manchester, setting up Corporate Recovery and Insolvency department in Manchester
  • Hammonds – Associate 2000-2002
  • Eversheds – Associate 1998-2000
  • Adams & Remers – solicitor 1995-1998
  • Isadore Goldman – solicitor 1992-1995



  • University of Reading, Law, LLB Hons – (2:1)
  • College of Law, Guildford
  • Eastbourne College

Recent awards