Christopher Pymont QC 1979 (QC 1996)
Christopher joined 13 Old Square as a pupil in 1979 and practised from there from 1980. He was appointed QC in 1996. His practice now encompasses not just the traditional Chancery fields of property, landlord and tenant, company and insolvency law, but also commercial disputes, banking, financial services and professional negligence. His recent important cases have been concerned with commercial fraud and asset recovery, breach of trust and directors’ duties, the rights of minority shareholders, solicitors’ and bankers’ negligence, proprietary estoppel, restrictive covenants, repairing user and alienation covenants and break clauses in leases and the proper construction of various kinds of commercial documents. His strong reputation is evidenced by his recommendation in The Legal 500 for property litigation, company, professional negligence, fraud (civil) and media and entertainment, in Chambers UK Directory for commercial Chancery, real estate litigation and professional negligence and Chambers Global for commercial litigation.
Recent cases include Ashworth Frazer Ltd v Gloucester City Council (2001) in the House of Lords (tenant's covenants against alienation without consent); Half Moon Bay v Crown Eagle Hotels (2002) in the Privy Council (restrictive covenants); Margulies v Klein (2002) (civil fraud); McGowan v Chadwick 2002 (receivers' duties); Chris Evans v Virgin Radio 2003 (breach of contract and effect on share options); Westminster CC v Shirley Porter (2004) (sham trusts).
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