Christopher Pymont QC
Christopher has practised from what is now Maitland Chambers since 1980 and was elected Head of Chambers in 2012. He was appointed QC in 1996 and is a Deputy High Court Judge for the Chancery Division of the High Court.
Christopher is regarded as one of the leading Commercial Chancery silks. His practice encompasses both the traditional Chancery fields of property, company, partnership and insolvency law and also commercial disputes of all kinds, including banking, financial services and professional negligence. His recent important cases have been concerned with commercial fraud and asset recovery, breach of trust and fiduciary duties, the rights of minority shareholders, solicitors’ and bankers’ negligence, proprietary estoppel, restrictive covenants, repairing, user and alienation covenants and break clauses in leases, jurisdictional issues and the proper construction (and possible rectification) of various kinds of commercial documents. His strong reputation is evidenced by his consistent recommendation over many years in the standard directories, particularly for commercial Chancery and property litigation (recent comments are cited opposite).
Over the last couple of years Christopher has appeared in the Commercial Court and Chancery Divisions, before the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Privy Council. He also regularly appears in both international and domestic arbitrations.
Much of Christopher’s practice has an international dimension. He has recently appeared before the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal in the BVI, St Lucia and Anguilla and in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in the Bahamas. His recent international arbitration work includes a SIAC arbitration in Singapore.
Christopher also sits as an Arbitrator.
Recent and continuing cases illustrating Christopher’s practice are:
FHR European Ventures LLP v Cedar Capital Partners LLC  AC 250 (Supreme Court): the leading authority now establishing the availability of proprietary remedies for breach of fiduciary duty
Krys v New World Value Fund (Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, on appeal to Privy Council (ref 2014/0089) – heard in June 2015, PC judgment 19.11.15): whether carried interest said to be worth some $300 million is payable on the liquidation of a BVI limited partnership holding assets formerly owned ultimately by Boris Berezovsky and others
Asia Resource Minerals PLC (previously known as Bumi PLC) v Roeslani (SIAC arbitration, award Dec 2014): whether settlement agreement in respect of claims against a director for misfeasance for $173 million was enforceable (see press reports in Times and FT for further information)
Ivey v Genting  LLR 98 (QB, currently the subject of an appeal to the CA to be heard Dec 2015): whether C had cheated in purporting to win some £7.7 million playing baccarat at a casino
In re Leeward Isles Ltd (Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, Jan and June 2014): two separate appeals as to matters arising in the liquidation of an Anguillan company, including a stay of arbitration proceedings brought against the company by a creditor
Sharab v Prince Al-Waleed  EWHC 2324 (Ch Div): whether commission was payable to C on the sale of the Prince’s Airbus to Col Gaddafi (jurisdictional issues decided at  2 Lloyd’s Rep 160 and  CLC 612)
Payne v Strand Investments (Bahamas Supreme Court): continuing action for recovery of assets and compensation for fraud by a solicitor on his client
Property and trusts
Sheffield v Sheffield  WTLR 1039 (Ch Div): claim for trustees to account for breach of an express private trust
Ridgewood Properties v Valero  Ch 525: whether a series of option agreements for the development of petrol stations had been breached by the owner
Parshall v Hackney  Ch 568 (CA): deciding the effect of a mistake by the Land Registry in separately registering two persons as owners of the same piece of land
Howard v Howard-Lawson  3 All ER 60 (CA): construction and effect of a “name and arms” clause in a will
Woodford Land Ltd v Persimmon Homes Ltd  EWHC 984 (Ch Div) and CA May 2012 (settled after hearing and before judgment): rectification of a contract for the development of a large housing estate (part of a wide-ranging dispute in relation to this contract)
Chancery Bar Association
Property Bar Association