Chris is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Brecher and has over 40 years’ experience .
He specialises in working for secured lenders, ranging from national institutions to mid-level, niche and smaller banks. A growth area of Chris’s practice is bridging loans and this has resulted from personal recommendations from satisfied clients.
Chris has vast experience working with LPA Receivers in respect of a wide variety of properties ranging from shopping centres to part -built development sites. Chris also works with a wide range of Insolvency Practitioners on personal and corporate insolvency matters.
Chris also deals with a wide variety of fraud matters, including many cases requiring worldwide freezing injunctions and/or search and seizure orders. These cases include not only instances of bank fraud but also property fraud and identity theft. A number of these cases also involve cross border transactions and enforcement.
Chris delivers to Brecher’s clients an unrivalled level of service in his practice area. He undertakes a broad spectrum of litigation across a range of courts and has extensive experience of all ADR formats and all forms of injunctive relief. One of his Court of Appeal cases is reported in the All England Law Reports and is widely regarded as the leading case on bank interest rates.
Recent work examples:
- Chris is currently acting for a lender in a case where the lender and a major sports star were defrauded by his wife and best friend. This involved identity theft and property fraud. Having established the details of the matter, Chris has now negotiated a three way settlement with the victim and the Land Registry that will see a full recovery for the lender and which returns the victim to his original position.
- Chris has been assisting LPA Receivers on a number of other cases to try and find a way around the roadblock created by the Courts which prevents Receivers removing occupants who have ASTs where the Receivers cannot show that pre-tenancy conditions have been complied with. The alternative route Chris identified has now found favour with the Courts in a number of cases and the Receivers have been able to recover vacant possession.
Chris is a Chartered Legal Executive and an Affiliate member of NARA – The Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers and also a member of the Financial Services Lawyer’s Association. Chris regularly provides in-house training to the firm’s banking clients and has given a talk for the Loan Market Association on enforcement.
Chris joined Brecher in January 2014 as Head of Banking Litigation.