Christopher Edwards

Year of Call: 2008
Email Address: christopher.edwards@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 0117 928 1520

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Commercial

Christopher has a commercial practice that encompasses the whole spectrum of business and commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on disputes with banks and other financial institutions. He regularly advises and represents businesses in both the county and high court, and also has experience of alternative dispute resolution.

Commercial Disputes

Christopher has experience of a wide range of commercial disputes, including claims relating to:

  • Agency
  • Consumer credit agreements
  • Construction of contracts
  • Debt recovery
  • Guarantees and Indemnities
  • Sale of goods and supply of services

Recent and Ongoing Cases:

  • Successfully appealing a judgment that an informal IOU given by a husband to a wife was a promissory note within the meaning of the Bills of Exchange Act 1882
  • Advising and drafting in respect of enforcement of a legal charge given by a third party guarantor to a company’s debts. Issues of interpretation of the charge and knowledge of the guarantor
  • Advising and drafting in respect of a High Court claim arising out of loans to a property development company by a private bank. Issues of economic duress and conduct by the bank
  • Advising and drafting in respect of a claim by a professional indemnity insurer against a solicitor for failure to notify. Issues of interpretation of the insurance documents and limitation
  • Representing creditor in personal loan recovery action. Whether payments were loan or gift Incapacity of Defendant and its effect on evidence and conduct of trial. Subsequent order for sale again raising issues of capacity
  • Representing taxpayer in business rates dispute. Whether landlord or tenant was in occupation of rented property
  • Representing guarantors under claim for monies due under a personal guarantee arising from hire purchase and hire contracts. Penalty clauses and automatic termination
  • Interpretation of damages clause in agreements.

Professional Risk

Christopher has experience in professional negligence claims against many different professionals, including solicitors, surveyors, architects and financial advisors in relation to negligence in commercial, property and financial transactions, as well as in respect of solicitors’ conduct of litigation.

Recent and Ongoing Cases:

  • Architect’s negligence for failure to correctly supervise installation of new heating in a listed church. Issues of contractual and tortious assumption of duty
  • Solicitors’ negligence for failure to correctly identify causes of action and limitation prior to issue of a claim
  • Solicitors’ negligence in failing to properly advise in respect of quantum in a negligent surveying claim. Issues as to the correct measure of quantum in such claims
  • Financial advisors’ and solicitors’ negligence in respect of SDLT mitigation scheme. Issues of exclusion clauses and limitation
  • Solicitors’ negligence in failing to issue by limitation date. Issues of legal and equitable assignment of cause of action
  • Solicitors’ negligence in failing to issue against financial advisor rather than mortgage company in respect of mortgage mis-selling claim
  • Limitation in the context of a bank’s failure to carry out an annual review of interest rates in a fixed term mortgage
  • Claim by a professional indemnity insurer against a solicitor for failure to notify. Issues of interpretation of the insurance documents and limitation
  • Dozens of claims relating to the mis-selling of IRHPs and claims under the, and arising from, the FCA redress scheme.

Insolvency and Bankruptcy

Christopher has appeared in numerous matters relating to personal and corporate insolvency, including:

  • Acting for LPA receivers in complex High Court claim relating to an allegedly fraudulent mortgage charge
  • Winding-up petitions, including creditors’ petitions and petitions on the just and equitable ground
  • Bankruptcy petitions
  • Applications to set aside statutory demands
  • Acting for insolvency professionals during the course of bankruptcies and company insolvencies.

Business Entities

Christopher has advised and acted in relation to numerous business disputes, including partnership and shareholder disputes. He has particular experience in relation to actions in the Companies Court, including unfair prejudice petitions and petitions to wind up companies on the just and equitable ground.

Publications

  • 2nd Sep 2016

    Christopher Edwards provides an overview of the law relating to the Commercial Agents Directive and its latest developments in Webinar for Lexis Nexis.

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  • 2nd Sep 2016

    Continuing breach is an area of law that has suffered from a level of uncertainty. In the context of professional risk, it is often important to limitation arguments, in order to determine when a breach of duty has occurred. Christopher Edwards (Call 2008) analyses the most recent contribution of the Court of Appeal, in Capita (Banstead 2011) Ltd v. RFIB Group Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 310.

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  • 2nd Sep 2016

    If a contract for work and materials is performed badly, can there be a total failure of consideration? By what 'performance' is that question to be addressed? And can there also be a claim for damages? Christopher Edwards analyses the most recent contribution of the Court of Appeal to the question of total failure of consideration and damages, in Gartell & Son (a firm) v. Yeovil Town Football & Athletic Club Limited [2016] EWCA Civ 62, [2016] BLR 206, 164 ConLR 28

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Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, St Peter's College, Oxford
  • MPhil International Relations, St Antony's College, Oxford

Professional bodies

  • Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)

Direct Access

Christopher Edwards is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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