Christopher specialises in chancery/commercial, real property and professional negligence work. He has a busy court practice ranging from frequent appearances at trials and interlocutory applications in the TCC, Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions to contested multi-track trials and applications in District Registries/ County Courts; and before the Property Chamber. He also has a growing domestic and international arbitration practice. Much of Christopher’s work is advisory – both in writing and in conference. As well as preparing pleadings and other court documents, Christopher is also regularly involved in non-contentious drafting. He routinely appears at mediations/round table conferences and frequently works as part of multi-disciplinary teams and with experts. He is instructed by a large range of solicitors from city firms to regional High Street firms and from large companies to individuals. He is qualified to accept direct access from the public and is willing to consider work on a CFA basis.
Christopher is regularly instructed in chancery disputes and is experienced in the administration of estates, equitable claims (both personal and proprietary), Inheritance Act actions, probate, trusts and wills.
Business litigation is at the heart of Christopher’s practice.
He deals with disputes about commercial disputes of most kinds except shipping contracts. One of his advantages is that he has knowledge and expertise in a number of areas of law, in particular banking, company, civil fraud, conflict of laws and real property and brings this multi-disciplinary experience to the cases in which he is involved.
He also has a growing domestic and international arbitration practice.
Examples of recent cases include representation of a foreign bank in respect of a number of property sales alleged to have been the subject of misrepresentation; and a claim in the Chancery Division for specific performance of a contract to transfer shares/damages.
Christopher has extensive experience in this area. He has advised on most kinds of property disputes including claims about registration; applications to rectify the register; co-ownership claims; adverse possession actions; disputes about boundaries and easements; mortgage claims, possession claims and claims against mortgagees for sale at an undervalue. He is very experienced in residential and commercial matters including service charge disputes; rent reviews; dilapidations and breach of covenant claims; 1954 Act applications and leasehold enfranchisement matters.
Regular provider of CPD-accredited talks and contributor to Chambers’ newsletters. Past topics have included the role of experts; rent reviews; preferences/transactions at an under-value; guarantees; the Community Infrastructure Levy and claims against financial advisers after Rubenstein.
Contributor to “Pleading in Arbitration: A Practitioner’s Guide” (2nd edition) (Walker QC and Clark) published by Sweet and Maxwell, 2017
Some French, Italian and Russian.
Music; opera; theatre; cricket; chess; travel.
Registered name: Christopher Mann
VAT number: 757158600