| Call 2004
Christopher has a particular interest in insolvency and regularly acts in relation to a wide range of insolvency and Company Court proceedings. He acts on behalf of a range of government departments and agencies; office holders; directors; other individuals; and corporations.
His experience includes:
- Re Caledonian Commodities Ltd; Re Caledonian Ltd  EWHC 2854 (Ch);  All ER (D) 89 (Nov) acting for the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy seeking the winding up of Caledonian Commodities Ltd and Caledonian Ltd in the public interest on the basis they had had mis-sold investments, including precious metals, carbon credits, rare earth metals and coloured diamonds, to members of the public;
- Taylor v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills  EWHC 1953 (Ch);  2 BCLC 350 acting for Mr Taylor seeking to reduce the period of a disqualification undertaking given by him pursuant to section 8A of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. Only the second reported application under such section;
- advising a group of approximately 200 claimants in respect of the impact of the T&N/Federal-Mogul restructuring and their rights in respect of the trusts established as part of such restructuring;
- advising the liquidators of a charity as to the rights the charity had in respect of a multi-million pound will trust;
- Young v Young – acting on behalf of HMRC in a high-profile ‘big money’ divorce case in which the wife was seeking to annul her husband’s bankruptcy granted on a petition presented by HMRC;
- all aspects of directors’ disqualification, including acting for the Secretary of State/Official Receiver and defendant directors; applications under section 8A; permission to act applications under both sections 11 and 17; appeals; and claims asserting personal liability for a company’s debts as a result of acting in breach of a disqualification;
- advising as to the impact of the UK Coal restructuring;
- advising the liquidator of a company that had been wound up in the public interest as to the obtaining of a freezing injunction against the director;
- acting on behalf of the Official Receiver in proceedings seeking a bankruptcy restrictions order arising out of the Defendant’s conduct leading up to and following the commencement of enforcement proceedings against him by the (then) FSA. Such proceedings were for breach of the general prohibition in FSMA and resulted in the FSA obtaining a judgment for in excess of £17M and the Defendant being committed to prison for contempt for breaching interim injunctions and freezing orders;
- advising as to the relationship between the provisions in the Insolvency Act 1986 as to the ending of administration and the courts powers to restore a company in the Companies Act 2006;
- acting on behalf of the Official Receiver in ancillary relief proceedings in the Family Division to which he had been joined in his capacity as the husband’s trustee in bankruptcy.