Christopher is a Queen’s Counsel who practiced at the Bar for many years in commercial litigation and has experience, in that capacity, of disputes concerning the true role and entitlement to remuneration of someone acting as an agent, or sub-agent, or intermediary in the private sale in the London market of a valuable drawing; the duty of an international auction house to which a painting was consigned for sale in London to advise its restoration and investigation of its provenance before sale; the valuation of and title to a portrait by Jacopo Carrucci (known as Jacopo da Pontormo) in a private collection in Switzerland. Latterly his practice focused on international commercial arbitration with particular experience of disputes in East Asia.
Christopher is a full time international commercial arbitrator, and a member of Barristers’ Chambers at 4 Pump Court, Temple and of Pump Court International. He is a former Head of Chambers, Deputy Judge of the High Court and Bencher of the Inner Temple.
Christopher retired from the Bar in 2017 and since then has practiced full time as a commercial arbitrator. He has served as Arbitrator in a wide range of disputes mostly at an international level. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a members of the panels of Arbitrators at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Asian International Arbitration Centre (Kuala Lumpur), the International Panel of KCAB (Seoul), and the Beijing and Hong Kong Panels of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. He is a trained mediator and a member of ADR Chambers International. He has participated in numerous advocacy training programmes for law firms and institutions and as judge of moots. He was appointed to the original Arbitration and Mediation pools of CAfA in June 2020.
Christopher read Law at Bristol University (LLB Hons), was called to the Bar by the Hon. Soc. of the Inner Temple in 1972, and took silk in 1992.
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom