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. He regularly advises and represents businesses in both the county and high court, and also has extensive experience of alternative dispute resolution. He has particular experience in advising firms in the construction sector in relation to commercial, insolvency and company disputes.

Recent Commercial Cases

  • Advising and acting for parties in civil claims that were defrauded by scams relating to bank transfers.
  • Defending and successfully settling a claim for monies due and owing by a contractor employed to supply playground equipment nationwide.
  • 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 claim arising out of loans to a property development company by a private bank. Issues of economic duress and conduct by the bank.
  • 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 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 Liability

Christopher has experience in professional negligence claims against many different professionals, including solicitors, surveyors, architects and financial advisors. He has particular expertise in respect of claims for professional negligence arising from construction projects.

Recent Professional Liability 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.
  • Numerous claims against surveyors arising from pre-purchase surveys of residential properties.
  • 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 against financial advisor rather than mortgage company in respect of mortage 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.

Insolvency and Bankruptcy

Christopher has appeared in numerous matters relating to personal and corporate insolvency. He has particular experience of insolvency situations involving companies in the construction sector.

Recent Insolvency and Bankruptcy Cases

  • Acting for LPA receivers in complex High Court claim relating to an allegedly fraudulent mortgage charge.
  • Winding up a family company on the just and equitable ground on behalf of the minority shareholders after a breakdown of trust and confidence with majority shareholder.
  • Winding up petition on the just and equitable ground between two quasi partners in a tech startup.
  • S.236 application for further information from a contractor on behalf of an insolvent sub-contractor in the construction sector.
  • Acting on behalf of sub-contractors in the construction sector and their guarantors in restraining winding up petitions and opposing bankruptcy petitions.

Company / Partnership law and disputes

Christopher has advised and acted in relation to numerous business disputes, including partnership and shareholder disputes. He has particular experience in respect of disputes relating to companies working in the construction sector.

Recent Company / Partnership Law Cases

  • Advising on the construction of share purchase agreements, particularly in relation to the sale of companies in the construction sector.
  • Successfully obtaining dissolution of a partnership that ran a licensed premises where the very existence of the partnership was in dispute.

Publications

  • 25th Jun 2018

    Christopher Edwards considers the case of First Tower Trustees Ltd and Intertrustees Limited v CDS (Superstores International) Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1396 and the role of basis clauses in avoiding liability in contracts.

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  • 8th Feb 2018

    Commercial update: Claim notification clauses in SPAs

    When notifying a claim under a claim notification clause in a Share Purchase Agreement, what level of detail does the purchaser need to give? Christopher Edwards analyses the Court of Appeal’s most recent consideration of the issue (Teoco UK Ltd v Aircom Jersey 4 Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 23).

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  • 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)
  • TecBar
  • PNBA

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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