Chris joined Clyde & Co in their London office in 1988 moving to the Singapore office in 1996. He was made a Partner in 2007.
Chris has extensive commercial litigation experience particularly in shipping, trading and commercial disputes in both court and arbitration proceedings. Having been based in the South East Asian region for over 14 years, he has experience of dispute resolution not only in Singapore but also Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Chris acts for a wide spectrum of clients who include ship owners and operators, commodities traders, charterers, insurance companies, ship brokers and P & I Clubs. He has strong links with correspondent lawyers in the region whom he regularly instructs and from whom he receives instructions. His practice includes London and Singapore arbitration acting in both institutional and "ad hoc" arbitrations.
On the shipping side, Chris has been voted one of the Top Ten Legal Personalities in the maritime industry by Lloyd's List for 2011 and 2012 and is named as a leading individual in Chambers Asia Legal Directory (2013) where he is described as someone who "demonstrates a thorough knowledge of shipping contracts and common practices". Clients further applaud his "quick response times and approachable demeanour," in addition to "his extensive network of contacts, from which he can draw specialised technical advice." He is a frequent speaker, lecturing on "dry" shipping matters to include legal aspects of Charterparties and Bills of Lading as well as on arbitration in Singapore. Chris has spoken on numerous occasions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Korea to include conferences organised by the Oxford Princeton Programme. He has acted as an expert on English Shipping Law for proceedings in the Singapore High Court.
Chris has also developed particular expertise in enforcing judgments and awards against companies in South East Asia in both the marine and the non-marine sectors, particularly involving parallel proceedings in more than one jurisdiction. Clients in this respect include the world's leading credit insurers from whom he regularly receives instructions on significant recovery matters.
Chris is an affiliate member of the Malaysian Insurance Institute.