Christopher Langley

Christopher Langley

Call 2011

"Everything you want in a junior: complete grasp of the issues and the documents, excellent drafting, a good team player and exceptionally pleasant to deal with"


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Expertise

Christopher has a personal interest in art and has been involved in a number of substantial disputes in the art market, including a significant fraud claim brought against a leading art curator on the basis of an alleged agency relationship.

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


Acting (with Richard Lissack QC) on a number of substantial international arbitrations concerning the sale of a large number of aircraft in the Middle East, Africa and China, which gave rise to complex issues of bribery, corruption and compliance with the international anti-corruption standards.


Acting (with Derrick Dale QC) for the owner of a Boeing 737-400 aircraft which had suffered extensive damage to the wing structure and engines as a result of a heavy landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Pakistan. The issues included whether the owner of the aircraft had a direct right of action against reinsurers by virtue of a “cut-through” clause in the reinsurance policy.


Acting (with Michael McLaren QC) for an Indian freight airline in a dispute with Airbus over the sale and purchase of 12 A330 freighter aircraft. The matter settled shortly before the start of a four-week Commercial Court trial.


Representing the organisers of the Shoreham Airshow in connection with the high-profile inquest touching upon the deaths of the 11 people who died following the crash of a Hawker Hunter jet in August 2015.


Acting in a billion-dollar ICC arbitration concerning claims in the aviation sector and the alleged misuse of confidential information. This required a detailed understanding of flight physics and the design of aircraft structures, which covered technical concepts such as geometry, aerodynamics, loads and structural engineering.


Representing a major airline with respect to claims made in arbitration in connection with re-delivery conditions under a commercial lease.


Huzar v Jet2.com

Acting (with Akhil Shah QC) on one of the leading cases on the meaning of the “extraordinary circumstances” defence under Article 5(3) of Regulation 261/2004.


Acting on behalf of major airlines in respect of a broad range of passenger disputes, including lost baggage claims, delayed/cancelled flights and claims arising from EC Regulation 261/2004, EC Regulation 1107/2006 and the Montreal Convention.

Christopher regularly acts on behalf of major banks and financial institutions. He has a growing caseload on matters relating to cryptocurrencies, which range from loan arrangements to various forms of fraud.

Reported Banking & Finance Cases


Stanford International Bank Limited (in liquidation) v HSBC Plc [2020] EWHC 2232 (Ch); [2021] EWCA Civ 535; [2021] 1 WLR 3507

Acting for HSBC in defending high-profile claims of negligence and dishonest assistance in connection with the US$5 billion investment fraud orchestrated by Sir Allen Stanford (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021 and Top 10 Appeals of 2020).


Roberts v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2020] EWHC 3141 (Comm)

Acted (as sole counsel) for RBS in striking out on grounds of limitation claims of negligence (including the “Quincecare” duty of care) for an alleged failure to prevent fraudulent payments from a company’s bank account.


Law Debenture Trust Corp Plc v Ukraine [2017] EWHC 1902 (Comm); [2018] EWCA Civ 2026

Instructed by Ukraine in the $3 billion claim arising out of the loan arrangement with the Russian Federation (one of The Lawyer’s Top cases of 2017).

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


Stanford International Bank Limited (in liquidation) v HSBC Plc [2020] EWHC 2232 (Ch); [2021] EWCA Civ 535; [2021] 1 WLR 3507

Acting (with Patricia Robertson QC and Louise Hutton) for HSBC in defending claims of negligence and dishonest assistance in connection with the multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Sir Allen Stanford (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021).


Roberts v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2020] EWHC 3141 (Comm)

Acted (as sole counsel) for RBS in striking out on grounds of limitation claims of negligence (including the “Quincecare” duty of care) for an alleged failure to prevent fraudulent payments from a company’s bank account.


Cryptocurrency loan dispute

Sole counsel in a multi-million-dollar arbitration concerning the repayment obligation of a loan of ETH (Ethereum) for investment in the Grayscale Ethereum Trust.


PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Bank Plc

Instructed for Barclays in the high-profile dispute arising out of capital raisings in 2008 and allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.


Instructed to advise a major Polish bank on various choice of law issues arising from the issuance of bonds governed by English law, including whether certain mandatory rules of Polish law would be applied by the English court.


Acting (with John Taylor QC) for Macquarie Bank in relation to claims brought by a company in the Bomin Group in connection with losses incurred as a result of trading oil futures.


Acting as part of a large team of solicitors and counsel for RBS in the multi-billion pound Rights Issue litigation.


Acting for the operator of a Bitcoin exchange in defending claims made against it following the sophisticated hack of its systems and the theft of its customers’ Bitcoins.


Acting for a major international bank in recovering monies owed by professional clients who had engaged in Forex trading on margin and had suffered substantial losses following the Swiss National Bank’s announcement that it was unpegging the Swiss franc from the Euro.


Egain Communications Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc & Others

Acting for Lloyds TSB in relation to claims for the recovery of monies alleged to have been fraudulently transferred to customer accounts held by Lloyds TSB.


Acting for an Egyptian bank in relation to the non-repayment of a $10 million loan facility extended to a Zimbabwean sugar refinement company.


In January 2013 Christopher was instructed as junior counsel to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, particularly in relation to the Sub-Panel on Mis-Selling and Cross-Selling.


In October 2012 Christopher completed a secondment to Barclays’ Retail and Business Banking team where he advised on a wide range of matters, including claims under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and the receipt of mistaken payments.

Christopher has been involved in a number of matters involving civil fraud, including injunctive and other interim relief; equitable, proprietary and restitutionary claims and remedies; and tracing and asset recovery. He has expertise in matters involving bribery and corruption and wrote the ‘Bribery in Commercial Litigation and Arbitration’ chapter in Lissack & Horlick on Bribery & Corruption (3rd edition).

Reported Civil Fraud Cases


Roberts v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2020] EWHC 3141 (Comm)

Acted (as sole counsel) for RBS in striking out on grounds of limitation claims of negligence (including the “Quincecare” duty of care) for an alleged failure to prevent fraudulent payments from a company’s bank account.


Stanford International Bank Ltd (In Liquidation) v HSBC Plc [2020] EWHC 2232 (Ch); [2020] EWHC 3141 (Comm); [2021] 1 WLR 3507

Acting for HSBC in defending high-profile claims of negligence and dishonest assistance in connection with the US$5 billion investment fraud orchestrated by Sir Allen Stanford (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021 and Top 10 Appeals of 2022).


Oceanic Trans Shipping Corp & Others v Maroil [2017] EWHC 1254 (Comm)

Acting (with Akhil Shah QC) for one of the shareholders in two joint venture companies that each owned a Very Large Crude Carrier in relation to a dispute with another shareholder for allegedly concluding a settlement without authority and ultimately misappropriating monies due to the joint venture companies. In successfully obtaining a freezing injunction against Maroil, the Commercial Court (Teare J) considered whether the reflective loss principle was applicable in the context of a shareholder seeking a payment to be made to the company, rather than to itself.

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


Stanford International Bank Limited (in liquidation) v HSBC Plc [2020] EWHC 2232 (Ch); [2021] EWCA Civ 535; [2021] 1 WLR 3507

Acting (with Patricia Robertson QC and Louise Hutton) for HSBC in defending claims of negligence and dishonest assistance in connection with the multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Sir Allen Stanford (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021 and Top 10 Appeals of 2022).


Private Trustees S.A. v BGB Weston Limited

Acting on behalf of a defendant alleged to have conspired in the misappropriation of over EUR 7 million of trust assets with allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, unlawful means conspiracy and deceit.


Nimer v United Al Saqer Group LLC (and others) [2021] EWHC 50 (QB)

Acting for one of the defendants in challenging the jurisdiction of the English court to hear claims of conspiracy involving alleged acts of intimidation, illegitimate pressure and unlawful coercion which allegedly took place in Abu Dhabi, including whether a fair trial is possible in Abu Dhabi.


Roberts v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2020] EWHC 3141 (Comm)

Acted (as sole counsel) for RBS in striking out on grounds of limitation claims of negligence (including the “Quincecare” duty of care) for an alleged failure to prevent fraudulent payments from a company’s bank account.


Acting for one the world-leading providers of intellectual property services which is facing a multi-million-pound claim for alleged bribery / secret commissions and unlawful means conspiracy.


PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Bank Plc

Instructed for Barclays in the high-profile dispute arising out of capital raisings in 2008 and allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.


Instructed by a major bank to advise on claims arising out of Advanced Push Payment scams.


Instructed (with Richard Lissack QC) on a number of substantial international arbitrations concerning the sale of a large number of aircraft in the Middle East, Africa and China, which gave rise to complex issues of bribery, corruption and compliance with the international anti-corruption standards.


Acting (with John Taylor QC) for Macquarie Bank in relation to claims brought by a company in the Bomin Group in connection with losses incurred as a result of the alleged fraudulent trading of oil futures.


Acting for the operator of a Bitcoin exchange in defending claims made against it following the sophisticated hack of its systems and the theft of its customers’ Bitcoins.


Monde Petroleum SA v LeeLanes LLP & Others

Acting (with Michael McLaren QC and Adam Sher) for the claimant in its claim against solicitors for the alleged misappropriation of monies held in escrow in connection with an intended sale of a power plant to the Kurdistan Regional Government.


Acting in relation to a disputed agency relationship with allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and the receipt of bribes and secret commissions.

Christopher’s expertise in civil fraud has led to a growing practice in commercial crime matters. This is complemented by his expertise in banking and financial matters. For example, he is often instructed to advise and act in the context of proceeds of crime and was involved in the criminal proceedings against Barclays and former Barclays executives arising out of capital raisings in 2008. His cases often include allegations of bribery and corruption.

Notable Commercial Crime Cases


PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Bank Plc

Instructed for Barclays in the high-profile dispute arising out of capital raisings in 2008 and allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.


Acting (with Richard Lissack QC) on a number of substantial international arbitrations concerning the sale of a large number of aircraft in the Middle East, Africa and China, which gave rise to complex issues of bribery, corruption and compliance with the international anti-corruption standards.

Christopher’s practice covers all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration.

Christopher’s work is generally of an international character and he regularly advises and appears on matters giving rise to conflicts of laws and jurisdiction issues.

Reported Commercial Disputes Cases


Stanford International Bank Ltd (In Liquidation) v HSBC Plc [2020] EWHC 2232 (Ch); [2021] EWCA Civ 535; [2021] 1 WLR 3507

Acting for HSBC in defending high-profile claims of negligence and dishonest assistance in connection with the US$5 billion investment fraud orchestrated by Sir Allen Stanford (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021).


Rotam Agrochemical Company Limited v GAT Microencapsulation GMBH [2018] EWHC 2765 (Comm)

Acting for a Hong Kong-based agrochemical company in claims arising from a collaboration on the development of a plant protection product known as “Clomazone”. This involved issues as to whether Austrian law applied to contractual issues and unjust enrichment claims between the parties and extensive reports from Austrian law experts.


Recorded Picture Company v Alfama Films Production [2018] EWCA Civ 767

Acting for the Grantor of an option entered into with a Portuguese production company to acquire a one picture licence in relation to the feature film project known as ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.


Oceanic Trans Shipping Corp & Others v Maroil [2017] EWHC 1254 (Comm)

Acting (with Akhil Shah QC) for one of the shareholders in two joint venture companies that each owned a Very Large Crude Carrier in relation to a dispute with another shareholder for allegedly concluding a settlement without authority and ultimately misappropriating monies due to the joint venture companies. In successfully obtaining a freezing injunction against Maroil, the Commercial Court (Teare J) considered whether the reflective loss principle was applicable in the context of a shareholder seeking a payment to be made to the company, rather than to itself.


Law Debenture Trust Corp Plc v Ukraine [2017] EWHC 1902 (Comm)

Instructed by Ukraine in the $3 billion claim arising out of the loan arrangement with the Russian Federation (one of The Lawyer’s Top cases of 2017) and involved (amongst other things) novel and important matters of private international law, such as the capacity of foreign sovereign States to enter into English law contracts.


U&M Mining Zambia Ltd v Konkola Copper Mines Plc [2014] EWHC 3250 (Comm)

Acting (with Derrick Dale QC) in obtaining a freezing injunction against the operator of a Zambian copper mine.


Bieber v Teathers Ltd (In Liquidation) [2014] EWHC 4205 (Ch)

Acting (with Mark Simpson QC) for over 200 individual investors in film finance partnerships in a substantial negligence claim against the managing partners. In an important decision, the claimants successfully established that a settlement had been reached shortly before trial on the basis of email correspondence between the parties’ solicitors.


Nimer v United Al Saqer Group LLC (and others) [2021] EWHC 50 (QB)

Acting for defendants facing allegations of threats and intimidation and unlawful means conspiracy relating to the defendants’ alleged improper influence over the Abu Dhabi justice system. This has given rise to a jurisdiction battle as to whether the claimant is able to obtain a fair trial in Abu Dhabi.


Irving and Irving v Darbyshire and others [2013] EWHC 2301 (Admin)

Acting for the defendants in successfully challenging the jurisdiction of the English courts where proceedings had been issued in England for an alleged breach of a settlement agreement entered into to settle defamation proceedings in the Isle of Man.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


Acting for a leading supplier of children’s prepared meals against a manufacturer following a breach of an exclusivity provision.


Acting for an international fruit juice company in a dispute with a bottle manufacturer under a Manufacturing Agreement.


Acting (with Bankim Thanki QC, Rosalind Phelps and James Duffy) for Vincent Tchenquiz and associated entities in relation to the high-profile collapse of the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into the Tchenguiz brothers.


Monde Petroleum SA v LeeLanes LLP & Others

Acting (with Michael McLaren QC and Adam Sher) for the claimant in its claim against solicitors in relation to the alleged misappropriation of monies held in escrow in connection with an intended sale of a power plant to the Kurdistan Regional Government.


Acting (with Richard Handyside QC) for an individual investor in various “land banking” schemes and proceedings brought against a solicitor who acted for the vendor companies.


Acting on behalf of a Greek importer of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles concerning the alleged non-payment of debts and a counterclaim for various fees and incentive payments.


Acting (with Henry King) for the defendant in relation to claims for the repayment of a loan made as a part of a joint venture to develop mining operations in China.


Nimer v United Al Saqer Group LLC (and others) [2021] EWHC 50 (QB)

Acting for one of the defendants in challenging the jurisdiction of the English court to hear claims of conspiracy involving alleged acts of intimidation, illegitimate pressure and unlawful coercion which allegedly took place in Abu Dhabi, including whether a fair trial is possible in Abu Dhabi.


Acting (with Marcus Smith QC and Henry King) in challenging the jurisdiction of the English courts, with issues including the application of Article 23 of the Brussels I Regulation in circumstances where there are parallel proceedings in a non-Member State.

Christopher has a broad experience of insurance and reinsurance matters, across a wide range of industry sectors.

Notable Insurance Cases


Instructed (with Bankim Thanki QC) to advise on the whether there had been adequate notification to excess layer insurers in the context of a professional indemnity policy.


Acting (with Derrick Dale QC) for the owner of a Boeing 737-400 aircraft which had suffered extensive damage to the wing structure and engines as a result of a heavy landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Pakistan. The issues included whether the owner of the aircraft had a direct right of action against reinsurers by virtue of a “cut-through” clause in the reinsurance policy.

Christopher’s arbitration practice covers all types of institutional and ad hoc commercial arbitration. He has recently been involved in a large-scale arbitration in the aviation sector, as well as complex financial matters and commodities disputes.

Notable International Arbitration Cases


Acting (with Richard Lissack QC) on a number of substantial international arbitrations concerning the sale of a large number of aircraft in the Middle East, Africa and China, which gave rise to complex issues of bribery, corruption and compliance with the international anti-corruption standards.


Acting in relation to a joint venture arrangement concerning property investment in Europe and allegations of misappropriation of funds.


Instructed in relation to a major arbitration concerning alleged corruption and bribery in the context of a gas liquefaction plant in the Middle East and North Africa.


Representing a major airline with respect to claims made in arbitration in connection with re-delivery conditions under a commercial lease.


Acting in a billion-dollar ICC arbitration concerning claims in the aviation sector and the alleged misuse of confidential information. This required a detailed understanding of flight physics and the design of aircraft structures, which covered technical concepts such as geometry, aerodynamics, loads and structural engineering.

Having previously written for and performed with the National Youth Theatre, Christopher has a keen interest in media and entertainment, which is complimented by a growing practice in these areas. He also has a broad experience of sports disputes, ranging from issues over image rights to takeover bids.

Reported Media, Entertainment & Sport Cases


Recorded Picture Company v Alfama Films Production [2018] EWCA Civ 767

Acting for the Grantor of an option entered into with a Portuguese production company to acquire a one picture licence in relation to the feature film project known as ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.


The Take Film Partnerships [2014] EWHC 4205 (Ch)

Acting (with Mark Simpson QC) for a large group of individual investors in film finance partnerships in a substantial negligence claim against the managing partners. In an important decision on the effect of settlement negotiations prior to trial, the claimants successfully argued that a settlement of the dispute had been reached in the course of correspondence between the parties’ respective solicitors.

Notable Media, Entertainment & Sport Cases


Acting for a video game studio in a dispute concerning the development of a fantasy action role-playing game for Windows, Xbox One and PS4.


Acting for a major publisher in a dispute with a high-profile celebrity relating to the payment of advances under a book publishing contract and the impact of the celebrity not attending a schedule of agreed PR events in the run up to the launch of the hardback version of his biography.


Instructed on behalf of an international entertainment company which produces, curates and distributes pay television channels and content verticals in a claim for unpaid licence fees.


Acting on behalf of a former Premier League footballer in connection with a dispute with his former club over image rights.


Parker v Freeth Cartwright LLP

Acting (with Derrick Dale QC) for Freeth Cartwright in defending a substantial professional negligence claim for the alleged failure to plead certain heads of loss in a claim against solicitors who had acted for the claimants in connection with an unsuccessful takeover bid of Leicester City Football Club.

Notable Privilege, Confidentiality & Conflicts of Interest Cases


Acting (with Tamara Oppenheimer QC) for members of one of the wealthiest families in India with issues including the scope of the joint retainer principle and various issues of legal professional privilege.


Advising (with Bankim Thanki QC) one of the leading car manufacturers as to whether various forms of internal communications and reports were covered by privilege.

Reported Professional Negligence Cases


The Take Film Partnerships [2014] EWHC 4205 (Ch)

Acting (with Mark Simpson QC) for a large group of individual investors in film finance partnerships in a substantial negligence claim against the managing partners. In an important decision on the effect of settlement negotiations prior to trial, the claimants successfully argued that a settlement of the dispute had been reached in the course of correspondence between the parties’ solicitors.

Notable Professional Negligence Cases


Tamweel Enterprises Limited v Gregory Rowcliffe Milners

Acting (with Mark Simpson QC) for the claimant in a claim against a firm of solicitors concerning the drafting of an “earn out” contract in the context of the sale and purchase of a travel company and the benefits of a VAT-related tax advantage.


Parker v Freeth Cartwright LLP

Acting (with Derrick Dale QC) for Freeth Cartwright in defending a substantial professional negligence claim for the alleged failure to plead certain heads of loss in a claim against solicitors who had acted for the claimants in connection with an unsuccessful takeover bid of Leicester City Football Club.


Acting for a firm of solicitors in defending a negligence action brought by the London tourism office of a foreign government, which raised complex issues relating to state immunity.

"A team player and persuasive advocate"


The Legal 500

"A brilliant lawyer with a modern, commercial and enthusiastic approach to cases and an engaging style of advocacy."


The Legal 500

"Has a good feel for the insurance market, is on the ball, understands nuance and has very good judgement."


The Legal 500

The Legal 500
  • Fraud: Civil
  • Insurance & Reinsurance

  • BCL (First Class/Distinction), Pembroke College, University of Oxford
  • LLB (Hons) (First Class), University of Hull (ranked 1st)

  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA)
  • Astbury Scholarship
  • J J Powell Prize
  • Pembroke College BCL Prize
  • Prize for Best Overall Degree
  • Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize
  • Oxford University Press Prize
  • Margaret Owen Barbeau Prize
  • Professor F W Taylor Prize

  • The chapter on “Bribery in Commercial Litigation & Arbitration” in Lissack and Horlick on Bribery & Corruption (3rd edition, 2020)
  • Termination as a Response to Unjust Enrichment (2012) LMCLQ 65 (co-authored with Rebecca Loveridge)
  • Contributor to Sweet & Maxwell’s Civil Procedure Reports

  • French (basic)

For enquiries please contact

Alfie Harper

Alfie Harper
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3806
Click here to email

Sam McCrone-small

Sam McCrone
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7583 3335
Click here to email

"A team player and persuasive advocate"


The Legal 500

"A brilliant lawyer with a modern, commercial and enthusiastic approach to cases and an engaging style of advocacy."


The Legal 500

"Has a good feel for the insurance market, is on the ball, understands nuance and has very good judgement."


The Legal 500

The Legal 500
  • Fraud: Civil
  • Insurance & Reinsurance

  • BCL (First Class/Distinction), Pembroke College, University of Oxford
  • LLB (Hons) (First Class), University of Hull (ranked 1st)

  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA)
  • Astbury Scholarship
  • J J Powell Prize
  • Pembroke College BCL Prize
  • Prize for Best Overall Degree
  • Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize
  • Oxford University Press Prize
  • Margaret Owen Barbeau Prize
  • Professor F W Taylor Prize

  • The chapter on “Bribery in Commercial Litigation & Arbitration” in Lissack and Horlick on Bribery & Corruption (3rd edition, 2020)
  • Termination as a Response to Unjust Enrichment (2012) LMCLQ 65 (co-authored with Rebecca Loveridge)
  • Contributor to Sweet & Maxwell’s Civil Procedure Reports

  • French (basic)

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