A 'Counsel to note'
Legal 500 2020

Overview

Chris Roberts is counsel in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice of the London office. He is a member of the Firm’s White Collar Defence & Compliance practice which represents corporations, boards of directors, board committees, executives and public officials in criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement proceedings around the world. Chris acts for clients on internal and criminal investigations, including those brought by prosecutors such as the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice. He also regularly advises clients in respect of their policies and procedures relating to the UK Bribery Act 2010 and the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017, including developing and testing compliance programmes.

Chris’ background is in financial services disputes, and he is an experienced litigator who represents clients in complex multi-party and multi-jurisdictional litigation, as well as in arbitration and mediation. He is experienced in managing cases from pre-action through to trial and enforcement. In addition to acting for banks and other financial institutions, Chris has experience of acting for a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial clients – from nation states to international franchises, from pension funds to airlines.

Chris has also worked in-house following secondments to the investigations and litigation teams of four separate financial institutions, including Bank of New York Mellon in 2019 and Lloyds Banking Group in 2014.

Chris is a member of the Fraud Lawyers’ Association and the Transparency International Professional Supporters network (TIPS).

Spoken Languages

  • English

Experience

In Corporate Crime and fraud matters Chris has:

  • Represented a multi-national corporate client on a cross-border criminal investigation conducted jointly by the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice relating to events in the Caucasus;
  • Represented a UK corporate client on a cross-border criminal investigation conducted jointly by the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice relating to events in the Middle East; 
  • Represented a global financial institutional client in a multi-party, multi-jurisdictional dispute involving allegations of fraud in relation to a joint venture; 
  • Represented a nation state in Africa in a dispute where contracts were alleged to have been procured through bribery of state officials; 
  • Represented a UK corporate client in a fraud investigation arising from foreign exchange transactions; 
  • Advised a global financial institution on the Bribery Act 2010 implications of commercial property investments in the Far East; and 
  • Advised domestic and international corporate clients in respect of their policies and procedures relating to the UK Bribery Act 2010 and the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017.

In litigation and arbitration matters Chris has:

  • Advised a global financial institution in relation to a data breach, including obtaining appropriate urgent injunctive relief against persons unknown responsible for the theft of data and implementing international process for compliance with notification and other obligations pursuant to GDPR and other relevant international standards.
  • Represented a nation state in the Middle East in an ICC arbitration arising out of a multi-billion dollar metropolitan rail project;
  • Represented an international franchisor in the High Court to recover unpaid fees and obtain injunctions to prevent the use of the franchisor's intellectual property in Cyprus;
  • Represented a senior creditor in a dispute relating to the construction of a hospital in the UK under the private finance initiative;
  • Represented a UK trading house in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving contract, employment and immigration law issues;
  • Advised a European financial institution in a swaps close-out dispute; 
  • Represented the representative beneficiaries of a pension fund in relation to claims for rectification and alleged breach of the Trustee's duty of good faith;
  • Represented various financial institutions in respect of allegations of unfair credit card charges and mis-selling of payment protection insurance; and 
  • Represented various international airlines in relation to passenger claims.

Education

Nottingham Law School, LPC

University of Nottingham, BA (Hons) Law with French

Admissions

  • England and Wales

Memberships

 

  • Member of the Transparency International Professional Supporters network (TIPS)
  • Member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association
  • Member of the Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
  • A 'Counsel to note', Chris Roberts is listed under 'Other key lawyers' for Fraud and Banking Litigation. (Legal 500 2020).