Chris Potts Partner

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“According to interviewees, Chris Potts "has the ability to very quickly grasp the key aspects of complex cases and drive matters forward." He has experience acting in international fraud claims, as well as shareholder disputes and contentious insolvency mandates.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Handles complex commercial and corporate disputes, often in multiple jurisdictions. Has particular expertise in the resolution of disputes between shareholders and those arising from the sale and purchase of companies.”

Legal 500 2018
Chris leads the Commercial Litigation team in the Thames Valley. He handles complex commercial and corporate disputes, often in multiple jurisdictions. His practice includes substantial fraud/breach of duty claims.

Main areas of practice

Chris' main areas of expertise include:

  • Corporate disputes
  • Fraud
  • Contract disputes.

Clients

He deals with a variety of companies and their shareholders, as well as insolvency practitioners.

Significant experience

Shareholder disputes: Chris has many years of experience in dealing with the affairs of companies, particularly disputes between shareholders, which often involve addressing a person's status as a shareholder, director and employee. He also works closely with corporate lawyers.

Company disputes: Deals with substantial disputes arising from the sale and purchase of companies, in particular warranty claims and disputes over earn out.

Fraud: Substantial experience in fraud and breach of duty claims, often involving worldwide freezing injunctions. In a recent case over £10 million of assets were recovered.

Other expertise

Other disputes: Experience of litigation (High Court and Court of Appeal), arbitration and mediation.

Insolvency: Deals with aspects of insolvency law as it relates to companies.

Expertise

Articles by Chris

Litigation Funding case study

Case study

Our team of Litigation experts were instructed by the Liquidator of an English company. Red the full case study here to find out more.

Happier families

Article

A look at how families setting up and managing businesses can better protect themselves from potential disputes.

Pension liberation fraud

News

We look at the recent rise in reported cases in the UK of fraudsters targeting pensions.

Related Knowledge & Resources

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How to protect against misuse of commercially-sensitive information

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The "after party" – could employers be liable for what goes on?

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A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

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