Christopher McCarthy

Called 2013

Christopher is able to act in a wide variety of areas and is developing a broad litigation and advisory practice. He has experience of appearing and drafting in respect of both court, tribunal and arbitration proceedings. Christopher is instructed with particular focus on the areas below and welcomes paperwork and court instructions in these areas:

  • General commercial and Chancery
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Insolvency, personal and corporate
  • Aviation and travel
  • Disclosure, document review and advisory assignments

Having been instructed by the Government Legal Department (and other government departments such as HM Treasury, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and HM Courts and Tribunals Service) on review exercises, Christopher holds valid UK government security clearance at SC level and can accept instructions where high level government security clearance is required.

As a qualified Direct Access barrister, Christopher will accept instructions from members of the public in appropriate cases.

Commercial & Chancery

Christopher has experience relating to the drafting of statements of case, advising as to procedure, tactics and strategy and appearing in court or in interlocutory applications in claims with commercial elements. His work includes:

  • Contractual debt claims
  • Claims regarding the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982
  • Claims under guarantees (including undue influence)
  • Miss-selling
  • Hire purchase disputes
  • Shareholder disputes and claims relating to restitution
  • Appearing in interim applications lists before High Court and Circuit Judges, including on regional circuits
  • Acting as junior counsel in relation to a $multi-million dispute, which concerned the rules for the interpretation of payment guarantee and performance bonds: Caterpillar Motoren GmbH v Mutual Benefits Assurance Company [2015] EWHC 2304 (Comm).
Landlord & Tenant

Christopher has experience of landlord and tenant disputes both in court and in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). His work includes:

  • Possession proceedings, including in respect of trespass or implied tenancies
  • Service charges
  • Leasehold enfranchisement
  • Breach of covenant claims
  • Disrepair and breach of tenant’s repairing covenants
  • Nuisance claims
  • Business leases
Insolvency & asset recovery

Christopher regularly appears in the High Court and the County Court in relation to company winding-up proceedings, bankruptcy and final charging orders. His work includes:

  • Creditors’ or voluntary winding-up petitions
  • Supervisors’ petitions (contributories)
  • Transactions at an undervalue
  • Statutory demands
  • Rescission or annulment of bankruptcy orders
  • CVA or IVA advice
  • Injunctions or ex parte applications in relation to suspended committal orders or orders for questioning, or restraining the presentation of a winding-up petition
  • Interim and final charging orders
Aviation & Travel

Christopher has experience of drafting pleadings on behalf of airlines and appearing in hearings particularly related to claims under EU Regulation 261/2004 or the European Small Claims Procedure. His work includes:

  • Delay, cancellation or denied boarding compensation claims
  • Montreal Convention claims
  • Claims for damages in respect of package holidays
  • Successfully representing a major airline in a EU Regulation 261/2004 claim that included technical issues as to limitation and CPR Part 19
Professional Memberships

Christopher is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and the Property Bar Association.

  • Middle Temple (The Lord Diplock Scholarship)
  • BA (Exon) (2.1) History and Ancient History
  • GDL/CPE (Distinction) City University, London

Christopher studied basic Mandarin Chinese at East China Normal University in Shanghai and continues to develop his Mandarin Chinese skills