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East Yorkshire born Chris studied at Cottingham High School where, at the tender age of 15, started a two-week work placement here at Gosschalks, which confirmed to him that a career in law was the right path for him to take. Chris went on to the University of Hull to study his Law degree and shortly after began his training contract at Gosschalks between 2008 and 2010.
Once qualified, Chris progressed his career firstly in Hull and then most recently in Leeds. He rejoined Gosschalks in October 2014 as a solicitor within the insolvency and commercial litigation departments and has built up a wide range of skills that are required in the legal litigation and insolvency profession.
As part of our insolvency team, Chris works within the firm's litigation and disputes department, which has strengths in areas such as construction, corporate and commercial disputes and can also work with our employment law, property and conveyancy teams on complex insolvency matters. Chris strives to provide his clients with creative legal solutions to their business problems, right up to conclusion of a project or dispute. He is known for being well organised and calm in heated situations, and combines a hard-working and pragmatic attitude with a friendly, professional manner.
I would always advise clients to take a step back and don't dive in. Litigation can be intense and emotive. It is my job to advise my clients to think about all options, not just the legal outcomes, and to think practically. As a first step, we try to avoid disputes and contain costs. But if this is unavoidable, we use court proceedings or other dispute resolution procedures to achieve their goals.
In his spare time, Chris is a keen runner and has been part of the East Hull Harriers A.C and county teams. His claim to fame includes getting lapped (several times!) at the national cross county trials while competing against Olympic medal holder, Mo Farah.