Christopher has a down-to-earth, robust approach which demonstrates his understanding of clients and their needs.Chambers & Partners 2023
He is commercially minded, tactical, has a brilliant memory for detail and an impressive knowledge of employment law.Chambers & Partners 2023
Chris is extremely responsive and brings commercial rigour in his approach.Chambers & Partners 2023
He is vastly experienced in both employment and commercial disputes; he stands out for driving a hard bargain to try to achieve the best for his clients.Chambers and Partners 2022
Chris is very good at cutting through the legal issues to give some practical advice.Chambers and Partners 2022
He's very experienced, commercial and responsive.Chambers & Partners 2021
Chris is our Regional Office Head in Newcastle upon Tyne and Lead Partner in our employment law team.
He has over 25 years’ experience advising commercial and public sector organisations on all aspects of employment law. He has a very broad range of experience, involving almost all applications before the Employment Tribunal and particular expertise in business protection, unlawful discrimination, outsourcing (TUPE) and industrial action.
Chris also has substantial experience protecting businesses from unlawful competition, misuse of confidential information/database recovery and insider fraud. He runs actions for injunctive relief and has a particular interest in technology, extending to protection from cyber-threats. He is experienced in securing Freezing Orders and contempt applications, as well as directors’ duties more generally. Chris has developed a significant practice involving partnership as well as shareholder disputes.
As Lead Partner, Chris manages the relationships with number of our significant clients and, as Regional Office Head, has responsibility for local engagement, diversity and CSR.
In 2022/23, our Newcastle office won Large Law Firm of the Year in the Northern Law awards and Chris won Lawyer of the Year.