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L500 2017

Christopher R Parker QC

Call 1984
Silk 2008


Chris specialises in commercial chancery and business disputes with an emphasis on company law (particularly shareholder disputes and claims for breach of fiduciary duty), fraud, asset recovery, insolvency, professional negligence (recently obtained £10 million from a leading firm of solicitors) and trusts litigation.

A large proportion of Chris' practice has an international flavour. He was called to the BVI Bar in 2006 and regularly appears there. He has also acted in cases in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Dubai (registered with the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts), Hong Kong, Guernsey, Jersey and in the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Chris also appears as an advocate in arbitrations, whether they be ad hoc or under the rules of international bodies (such as LCIA).

Chris is currently recommended as a leading Silk in Legal 500 for Company & Partnership and Insolvency, and in Chambers UK Bar Guide for Offshore and Restructuring/Insolvency.

Leading Cases

Burnden Holdings (UK) Ltd (In Liquidation) v Fielding [2016] EWCA Civ 557 (limitation); Jetivia SA v Bilta (UK) Ltd (In Liquidation) [2015] UKSC 23; Ebbvale Ltd v Hosking (PC) [2013] 2 BCLC 204; Insight Group Ltd v Kingston Smith (a firm) [2013] 3 All ER 518; Re  Zegna III Holdings Inc. [2010] BPIR 277; Re Neath Rugby Ltd (CA) [2010] BCC 597; Primlake Ltd v Matthews Associates [2007] 1 BCLC 666

Called 1984; Lincoln’s Inn; QC (2008)


Keble College, Oxford (Jurisprudence 1st class) MA, BCL; LLM (Illinois); LLM (Harvard)


Chambers UK

"Christopher Parker is very sharp-witted, terrifyingly bright and someone who gives great, no-nonsense advice." "A man of excellent intellect, he is able to deal with the most complicated of fraud and insolvency claims." (2018)
"He is a robust and forceful advocate who carries the court with him. He is not afraid of making big judgement calls and he gets them right." (2017)

"He is frighteningly intelligent and sees the commercial realities of the situation immediately." (2016)

"He's the recommended silk for offshore trust work. He really throws himself into a case." (2015)

"Recommended" (2014)

"Was the subject of a torrent of praise from interviewees." (2013)

"Astute, quick and accessible, which is exactly what you need when working with someone at a distance in offshore matters." (2013)

"He really has got a brilliant mind - he cuts through the issues refreshingly quickly and is responsive, commercial and user-friendly." (2013)

"Observers admire his impressive command of disputes relating to the collapse of offshore hedge funds and other complex financial vehicles." (2012)

"We seek Parker's counsel frequently - he is hands on and aggressive as required." (2012)

Chambers UK

Restructuring/ Insolvency
"He has an excellent intellect and is able to deal with the most complicated of fraud and insolvency claims." "He is very clever and is an exceptional appeal advocate." "He has a formidable legal mind and gives decisive and proactive advice." (2018)
"He's very clever and an exceptional appeal advocate." "A formidable opponent with an engaging court manner." (2017)

"He is a super-bright and very commercial QC. Clients really like him because he explains things in a very simple way." (2016)

"A strong advocate who can be relied upon to perform well in high-pressure situations." (2016)

"He is well regarded as a likeable, sensible and effective adviser and advocate." (2015)

"He's one of the best insolvency silks, as he's clever, easy to use and very commercial." (2015)

"He doesn't mince his words, and is a good team player." (2015)

"A very effective advocate, who delivers in a punchy style - I have no hesitation in using him." (2013)

"Enjoys a well-deserved reputation for his insolvency practice." (2012)

"A superb strategist who brings great tactical nous to proceedings." (2011)

Legal 500 UK

Company & Partnership
"Well regarded in the Supreme Court." (2017)
"He has very technical knowledge, and is extremely competent." (2016)

"Robust, intelligent and very able." (2015)

"A very important person to have on your side when serious money is at stake." (2014)

"A fearless and effective advocate’, and is ‘excellent on strategy and multi-jurisdictional issues." (2013)

"Deals with the most complex of issues quickly and in a way clients understand." (2012)

Legal 500 UK


"Recommended" (2013)

"Arguments are succinct and commercial." (2012)