Christopher Boardman is a leading junior specialising in insolvency, commercial, fraud, company, partnership, banking and finance law. The Legal 500 UK Bar describes him as “an outstanding advocate, who gives robust advice, inspires confidence in the client and the right person to have on your side in a difficult fight.”
Chris was called to the Bar first in the order of merit for his year and has since established a well-regarded commercial chancery practice, advising professional and lay clients and appearing in a wide range of domestic and international tribunals, arbitrations and mediations. Chris has a significant advantage over many of his contemporaries having previously worked as a derivatives trader and obtained a Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law. He therefore has practical experience as well as a sound financial and corporate knowledge.
Chris deals with all manner of litigation involving financial institutions including litigation emanating from loan agreements, guarantees and other financial documentation. His background as a derivatives trader makes him an effective choice in such disputes. His expertise in this area has been recognised by The Legal 500 UK Bar for a number of years.
Selected recent cases include:
- Lloyds Bank v NGS (2018-2019) – Acting for the claimant bank in a £2 million claim under an asset finance indemnity
- Woodson v Credit Suisse (2017-2018) – Acting for the defendant bank in a £1 million foreign currency mortgage mis-selling claim and the enforcement of the bank’s charge
- CFC26 v Brown Shipley & KBL (2017-2018) – Acting for two banks defending a £68 million breach of duty and conspiracy claim and the bank’s counterclaim under a guarantee
- Axiom v Ingrams (2015-2016) – Acting for the claimant litigation funder in a £5 million claim against a solicitors’ practice under a loan facility agreement
- Invaro (2014-2015) – Representing the claimant fund in a number of £ multi-million claims for repayment of inadequately documented loans.
Chris has experience of a wide variety of business disputes including shareholder disputes, joint venture disagreements, fraud and claims relating to directors’ duties, estoppel and other equitable duties. He has a particular expertise in banking and finance litigation and is well versed in dealing with international disputes, be it questions of jurisdiction, obtaining freezing orders, running multi-jurisdictional proceedings or enforcing judgments. Said to be a “great lateral thinker as well as being a very persuasive advocate”, he is recommended in The Legal 500 UK Baras a leading junior in this area.
Selected recent cases include:
- UKSFF v Capital (2017-2019) – Acting for the claimant in a £12 million professional negligence claim against a fund manager concerning investment in bridging loans
- Jenkins v Turpin Barker Armstrong (2018) – Acting for defendant accountants in a claim for negligent misstatement
- Holeszowski v Clydesdale Bank (2017-2018) – Acting for a former bank employee in a £36 million claim for corruption and breach of duty concerning property development
- Hawkes v County Leasing (2016-2017) – Acting for the defendant in a misrepresentation and breach of duty claim concerning the sale and leaseback of a business
- Energy Data v Eyers (2014-2015) – Acting for the claimant in a £2 million electricity supply dispute.
Chris has in-depth experience of advising companies and their representatives on all aspects of company law and practice. He has appeared in numerous minority shareholder and unfair prejudice trials. He has advised or advocated in cases involving the interpretation of articles and shareholder agreements, the duties and disqualification of directors, the raising and maintenance of capital and the legality of dividend and other distributions.
Selected recent cases include:
- Re Fusion Management Ltd (2018-2019) – Acting for nine defendant loan note holders to a High Court claim for a declaration that a resolution varying the terms of the loan notes by a marketing group was invalidly passed
- Popely v Popely (2017-2018) – Acting for the defendant to a £15 million ‘double derivative’ action brought by beneficiary shareholders of an international trust company
- Re Collectables Retail Plc (2016-2018) – Acting for two directors and an associated company defending a £1.5 million claim for breach of fiduciary duty by administrators of a china and glass trading group
- Re Blockchain Group Ltd and Re Bitcoin Global Capital Ltd (2018) – Acting for the applicant director and shareholder on an application challenging the validity of resolutions passed by a group engaged in cryptocurrency trading
- Re Telerate (2015) – Appearing at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in this leading case on the dissolution of companies and limitation directions.
Chris’ expertise in the field of insolvency law has long been recognised by the legal directories with Chambers UK Bar and The Legal 500 UK Bar having recommended him as a leading junior for many years. His “superb cross-examination and advocacy skills” and “incisive advice and sound analysis” mean that he is regularly instructed in difficult corporate rescues, liquidations, bankruptcies, fraud and asset recovery cases. His experience extends to all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency from voluntary arrangements (he was retained by R3 to draft the standard IVA terms) to liquidations and bankruptcies – where he has acted in numerous of high-profile cases both domestically and internationally. Chris also contributes Practice Notes for the Lexis PSL Insolvency Chapter on-line content.
Selected recent cases include:
- In re Casterbridge Ltd (2018-2019) – Acting for a shareholder and director of a company that deals in timeshare interests in winding up proceedings in the Saint Vincent and Grenadines
- Cash Generator Ltd v Fortune (2018) – Acting for the defendant liquidators of 6 companies in a pawn broking and pay day lending group on applications challenging the validity of the liquidations
- Re Blockchain Group Ltd and Re Bitcoin Global Capital Ltd (2018) – Acting for the applicant director and supporting creditors on an application for the appointment of administrators over a group of companies engaged in cryptocurrency trading
- Re New Altmore Limited (2017-2018) – Acting for a creditor of an insolvent dental practice which had appointed an administrator out of court on the hearing of an application by another creditor challenging the validity of that appointment
- Re Collectables Retail Plc; Marston & Ors v Xystos Ltd & Ors (2016-2018) – Acting for two directors of a china and glass trading group defending a £1.5 million transaction defrauding creditors claim by administrators.
Chris is consistently recommended as a leading insolvency junior and a leading chancery commercial junior by Chambers UK Bar. He is also recommended for commercial litigation, insolvency, and banking and finance by The Legal 500 UK Bar. The directories highlight:
- “A very approachable barrister who always has a clear strategy on cases from the outset.” (Banking and Finance, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020)
- “Aggressive yet cordial on his feet, which gives clients confidence that he is presenting their case in the best way possible.” (Commercial Litigation, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020)
- “A very clever and creative thinker; good on his feet but also user-friendly.” (Insolvency, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020)
- “He is a confident, aggressive and accomplished advocate with a great mind. He’s definitely someone you want on your side in a difficult fight.” “He is an incredible fighter and is listened to in court.” “He provides sound, commercial advice.” (Restructuring/Insolvency, Chambers UK Bar 2020)
- “He is technically excellent and commercially pragmatic, excellent on his feet and a man you definitely want on your side in a dogfight.” “He has excellent attention to detail and very good advocacy skills. He is comparable with any silk.” “He is very user-friendly and practical but also very bright and well prepared.” (Restructuring/Insolvency, Chambers UK Bar 2019)
- “A very experienced practitioner and a brilliant cross-examiner.” “He is very personable and an effective cross-examiner.” (Chancery: Commercial, Chambers UK Bar 2019)
- “A very clever and creative thinker.” (Insolvency, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2019)
- “A self-assured advocate with real courtroom presence.” (Commercial Litigation, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2019)
- “Excellent at assessing the mood of the tribunal and able to adapt himself accordingly.” (Banking and Finance, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2019)
- “Chris is an excellent, hands-on and practical barrister. He balances the technical with the commercial.” “He has a superb courtroom presence, strategic vision and an impressive articulate courtroom style.” “He is confident, aggressive and accomplished advocate who has a great mind, he’s someone you want on your side in a difficult fight.” (Restructuring/Insolvency, Chambers UK Bar 2018)
- “A very heavyweight litigator, who gets a lot of big work, and he is very widely respected.” “He has a very good eye for crafting the argument that is going to win you the case.” (Chancery: Commercial, Chambers UK Bar 2018)
- “A problem-solver, who is impressive on his feet.” (Insolvency, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2017)
- “Good tactically and completely unflappable.” (Commercial Litigation, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2017)
- “A problem solver, who is user-friendly and impressive on his feet.” (Banking and Finance, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2017)
- “He’s very on the ball with his advice and is an excellent advocate. He has a calm and convincing manner, even in the trickiest of cases.” (Restructuring/ Insolvency, Chambers UK Bar 2017)
- “He is someone you want on your side in a difficult fight.” (Restructuring/ Insolvency, Chambers UK Bar 2017)
- “He’s really excellent – a proper advocate who knows his way around the courtroom and is great at trial.” (Chancery: Commercial,Chambers UK Bar 2017)
- “Fantastic – good tactically and completely unflappable.” (Banking and Finance, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2016)
- He is “An outstanding advocate and the right person to have on your side in a difficult fight.” (Insolvency, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2016)