Biography

MannBenham Advocates | The Legal 500 Leading Law Firm 2021Christopher is a Director of MannBenham Advocates Limited.

His areas of work include:-

Christopher was admitted to the Manx Bar in 2002 and is an English Solicitor (Non Practising) Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths and an Associate of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators.

Christopher is named in the Legal 500 as a ‘Recommended Lawyer‘ for dispute resolution matters and recognised by Chambers & Partners as a ‘Ranked Indivdual‘ for Employment matters.

Christopher is an independent Trustee of St John Isle of Man and sits on the Isle of Man Law Society Professional Indemnity and Insurance sub-committee and is a past Treasurer of the Isle of Man Law Society.

Prior to qualifying as a Manx Advocate Christopher spent 19 years in the London insurance and reinsurance market.

Significant cases

Liquidation of Global Steel Holdings Limited (Isle of Man) (GSHL)
Advising the main shareholder and directors of GSHL in this long running Liquidation.

Robert Sutton v Creechurch Capital International Limited
Christopher acted for Mr Sutton in this high-profile whistleblowing case at first instance and on the two Appeals brought by Creechurch. Mr Sutton was ultimately successful and the claim is currently the biggest award made by the Employment Tribunal in the Isle of Man at over £600,000.

Banners Broker International Limited (In Liquidation)
Christopher acted for the Joint Liquidators in obtaining an Order for the transfer of the liquidation from the Isle of Man to Canada. This is the first application of its type in the Isle of Man.

Bellemy v Forster
Christopher is acting for Mr Forster in this long standing dispute regarding ownership of land.This case began when Christopher defended Mr Forsters position in the first reported Status Quo claim brought in the Isle of Man under the new Manx rules of court. This is a unique Manx remedy, Mr Forster was successful at first instance and Appeal. The matter continues and is currently the subject of proceedings before the Land Registrar and the land Commissioner.

Blackshaw v Viking Restoration and Peter Lunt
Piercing the Corporate veil attempted by the Claimant to import a duty of care on the sole Director of the Company personally. Christopher successfully got the claim struck out.