Year of Call 2007
Chris is developing a substantial practice; he has appeared recently in the High Court, EAT, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He is available for instruction in all areas of Chambers’ practice.
In March 2012, Chris was appointed as Junior Counsel to the Attorney General, C Panel.
Before being called to the Bar, Chris was a Strategy Consultant for Accenture and the Mergers and Acquisitions Manager for media group News International.
Recent notable cases include:
- Daniel v HMRC (CoA)
- Andorful v London Borough of Hammersmith v Fulham UKEAT/0410/11
- Jose v Julio  IRLR 180
- Gaines-Cooper v HMRC  1 WLR 2625
- Thomas & Others v Bridgend County Borough Council  HLR 1
A partner at a leading City practice who regularly instructs Chris on employment matters stated:
“I have no hesitation in stating that Chris is a high calibre advocate. His advocacy is among the best I have seen for his level, and together with his other attributes he is in my opinion the best employment barrister of his level at the London bar”.Close
EmploymentAdd to Portfolio
Chris regularly handles high value and multi-day tribunal claims and has appeared on several occasions in the EAT and High Court without a leader. His advisory work includes restrictive covenants and team moves and he is often instructed to draft pleadings. Respondent clients include: Credit Suisse, Barclays, Travelodge, Harrods, M&S, Pizza Express and UPS.
Recent cases have included the following areas of law:
- Unfair dismissal (including redundancy and misconduct)
- Sex, age, race and disability discrimination
- TUPE (including the impact of insolvency)
- Restrictive covenants, including team moves
- Holiday and Working Time
- Practice and Procedure, including limitation
- Collective consultation under TULRCA 1992
Significant recent cases include:
- P v S - Chris represented a major US law firm in a 10-day Tribunal hearing of a multi-million pound disability discrimination claim brought by one of its former partners
- I v I - Chris acted for two Respondents in successfully setting aside a default judgment which had been entered over two years previously and remedy judgment of over £200,000
- Jose v Julio  IRLR 180 – the first appellate authority on the correct interpretation and application of the “domestic worker exception" in the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999, as well as race discrimination
- Andorful v LBHF UKEAT/410/11 - concerning the Tribunal's power to strike out a discrimination case at PHR stage
- Simpson v Merrick UKEAT/0490/09 – the impact of an employee’s bankruptcy on an employer’s ability to bring a counter-claim
- Kevin Keegan v Newcastle United Football Company Ltd  IRLR 94 – instructed by the claimant (led by Chris Jeans QC and Nicholas Randall) in a constructive dismissal claim;
- C v T - Chris represented the claimant in a whistle-blowing claim, achieving a settlement in excess of £200,000
In the High Court, Chris has appeared in the strike out of a breach of contract claim for c. £900k. He appeared in an application for an interim injunction in Threadneedle Management Services Ltd v Carr and acted as a junior in the preparation for a speedy trial in GFI v Ahali.Close
Commercial LitigationAdd to Portfolio
Chris has appeared regularly in fast and multi-track cases in the County Courts in contractual disputes and debt-recovery claims. He is developing expertise in personal and company insolvency matters, including discharge from bankruptcy and winding up.
Chris has appeared in the High Court in the following matters:
- Southern Rock Insurance v Endsleigh Insurance (led by Colin Edelman QC and Richard Harrison) - a breach of contract claim for in excess of £15million against a claims handling service arising out of 50,000 motor insurance claims. Chris was instructed on this case for over 18 months
- Southern Rock Insurance v Endsleigh Insurance  EWHC 611 (Comm) (led by Colin Wynter QC at the interlocutory application for a mandatory interim injunction)
- Bristol & West Investments Ltd v Stansbury – Chris appeared for the respondent to an application for an injunction to stay enforcement of an order of possession
Chris's insurance practice has included providing advice on coverage and the approach of the Financial Ombudsman. He has acted as junior to Colin Edelman QC in a reinsurance matter and "double-insurance" dispute.Close
Professional NegligenceAdd to Portfolio
Chris is developing a burgeoning professional negligence practice, having been instructed in solicitors', valuers' and architects' negligence cases on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. He has particular speciality in solicitors’ negligence cases, with recent cases including the late service of proceedings and conveyancing matters. Many cases have involved a cross-over with Chris's expertise in employment law e.g. the quantification of loss resulting from the late service of a Tribunal claim. Chris is familiar with drafting pleadings in such cases as well as advising on mertis and quantum and settlement strategies. Chris has handled cases up to £900,000 in value.Close
TaxAdd to Portfolio
Chris is developing a substantial contentious tax practice and is instructed in cases by both HMRC and the tax payer.
Chris was instructed by HMRC in the Supreme Court  1 WLR 2625 and Court of Appeal  STC 860 in the joined appeals of Davies & James v HMRC; Gaines-Cooper v HMRC, concerning claims by the appellants that HMRC’s booklet IR20 and past practice had created a legitimate expectation regarding their individual tax residence status. He was instructed in the First-tier Tax Tribunal in the residence case of Dunn v HMRC.
Chris has been instructed in several matters in the First and Upper-tier tax tribunals and in judicial review proceedings in the High Court, concerning: individual residence; deductibility of expenses; the availability of pre-entry losses; and tax avoidance schemes. Recent cases include:
- Daniel v HMRC - Chris was instructed by HMRC in the tax payer's appeal to the Court of Appeal regarding the circumstances in which a claim for judicial review should be stayed behind a tax appeal.
- McLaren v HMRC - an appeal against HMRC's decision that a fine of $100m imposed by the FIA was not a deductible business expense.
- Mertrux Ltd v HMRC - HMRC successfully appealled this matter to the Upper Tribunal concerning the sale of goodwill.
Sports LawAdd to Portfolio
Chris is available for instruction on all employment aspects of sports law as well as disciplinary matters. He has a particular interest in rugby.
Chris was instructed by the claimant in Kevin Keegan v Newcastle United Football Company Ltd  IRLR 94, in the Premier League Manager's Arbitration Tribunal, and by a football commentator in a claim against his media employer.
Chris has appeared before the Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel in a matter concerning an abandoned game and has advised a Premiership rugby player regarding his rights under his playing contract and image rights agreements. Chris is currently instructed by HMRC in the appeal by McLaren Racing Limited regarding the correct tax treatment of the $100m fine imposed in 2007 by the World Motor Sport Council.Close
Human RightsAdd to Portfolio
Chris was led by Robert Weir QC for the successful claimants in the Court of Appeal in Thomas & Others v Bridgend County Borough Council  HLR 1, which established categorically for the first time that diminution in the value of property was sufficient to constitute an interference with the claimants’ rights to peaceful enjoyment of their possessions under Article 1 Protocol 1 of the European Convention of Human Rights.
Chris has appeared in immigration judicial review proceedings involving claims for breach of human rights.Close
Additional InformationAdd to Portfolio
Chris has delivered seminars to solicitors on the following topics:
- Litigation in the Premier League Managers' Arbitration Tribunal
- Limitation in Professional Negligence
- SAAMCO and the Recoverability of Losses in a Falling Market
- The Equality Act 2010
- Discrimination Claims by Equity Partners
- Indirect Discrimination
- Trends and Tactics in Restrictive Covenants
- Contractual and Statutory Dismissal
- The Quantification of Personal Injury Damages in the Employment Tribunal