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Chris Burdett



Chris Burdett

Chris Burdett


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Chris qualified with Clyde & Co in 1992. He focuses on dispute resolution, including commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has an extensive understanding of fraud and a particular expertise in the technology, airline and security sectors.

Chris is highly recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners:

Clients say that Chris "is approachable, renders the complex into simple language and gives practical advice in line with the commercial realities of the situation as well as the academic legal issues." Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession.

"He is praised for his ability to act on a wide range of company and commercial matters involving M&A, contractual, liability and fraud disputes. He recently took on the Ministry of Defence in the High Court on behalf of a FTSE 100 company with a procurement grievance." Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession.

Chris Burdett is ‘one of the best litigators around - he is strategic, calm, practical and highly intelligent’ - Legal 500 UK 2017

  • Acting for a major corporate in cross border litigation relating to fraud and breach of contract with total claims in excess of £1bn. Including handling breach of trust litigation is London with various ancillary freezing orders and overseeing Arbitrations and criminal proceedings in Italy and fraud claims in New York
  • Acting for a major insurer in a multi million pound cross border contract dispute following the counterpartys material breach of contract, advising on the English law aspects and quarterbacking overall strategy in multiple strands of the case in France and England
  • Acting for a high net worth individual and his trust in the defence of a multi million pound asset tracing claim, litigating in London, and overseeing aspects in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Guernsey
  • Acting for Ericsson in Technology and Construction Court litigation arising from the Government's FiReControl Project in a software development claim for GBP 12 million and counter-claim for GBP 41 million
  • Acting for a major Plc in a dispute, with a commercial customer relating to the construction of contract terms, worth approximately GBP 20 million
  • Counsel for IATA, including representing member airlines against major clearing banks over the liability of a bank to account for trust monies and asset tracing/recovery actions against defaulting travel agents
  • Acting for 71 IATA member airlines in a potential multi-million pound fraud by a travel agent including working alongside the City of London Police Fraud Squad
  • Representing HM Government against an African state in relation to Sovereign debt in excess of GBP 100 million
  • Acting for a major Plc in a claim against a Government Department for rectification of a PFI contract with a claim value of GBP 68 million
  • Acting for a group of 30 participants in a tax sheltering scheme after they lost GBP 6 million of trust monies in the collapse of the accountants Wenham Major, including issues of existence of a trust; wrongful use of trust monies; Directors' negligence; Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act; tracing; Clayton's case prioritisation; nature of Banks' obligations and knowledge as to the existence of and accounting of trust monies
  • Defending an outsourcing company in a customer brought claim alleging fraud by our client's employees to an estimated value of over GBP 18 million following a police swoop, arrests and subsequent investigation
  • Defending the owner of one of the world's largest collections of bronze-age artefacts in an attempted prosecution by the Metropolitan Police relating to the international movement of art and antiquities
  • Representing G4S plc in numerous cases involving theft and robbery by employees/thieves from security vans/guards delivering cash to ATMs, including seeking compensation orders in criminal proceedings and asset tracing/recovery
  • Representing a US shareholder in a section 994 unfair prejudice claim
  • Acting for a major utility company pursuing and defending numerous contract/trading disputes

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Chris is recognised by clients for being a heavyweight litigator when necessary, but also for promoting resolution where possible. He is known for his commercial straightforward approach.

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