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Chris Stewart

T: +44 20 7809 2661 M: +44 77 1146 6777 Email Chris | Vcard Office: London

Chris Stewart Senior associate

Contact details

Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2661 M: +44 77 1146 6777 Email Chris | Vcard Office: London

Chris Stewart is a recognised pensions litigator, with wide experience in complex and high value cases in the banking, investment and insolvency arenas. With over 15 years’ experience advising UK and overseas clients, Chris acts for financial institutions, insurers, professional services firms, corporates and trustees.
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Chris has acted in a number of high profile reported cases in both pensions and commercial litigation.

Chris has extensive experience acting for both trustees and advisers in pensions negligence actions, as well as acting for trustees, employers and representative parties in dealing with problems in pension scheme trust documentation and in surplus and deficit disputes.

Chris has also acted in a wide range of commercial contractual disputes, acting for institutional borrowers, insolvency practitioners, corporates in the UK and internationally, and government and public bodies.

Chris has been recognised as an “associate to watch” in Chambers legal directory, and has authored the litigation chapter of the Pensions Law Handbook in all its recent editions 2007 to 2017.

"Acclaimed for his breadth of expertise"

Chambers UK 2016

  • Pensions dispute resolution
  • Banking and financial services litigation
  • Professional and management liability

Complex rectification and loss of chance claim

Acting in a complex multi-party rectification and loss of chance claim involving invalid scheme documentation stretching back to the 1980s.

Long-running indemnity claim

From 2010 to 2017, acting for insurers in a complex claim against a major professional services group over an SPA indemnity, following settlement of a pensions negligence action. The litigation involved multiple issued claims as well as two reported appeals.

Landmark Pilots litigation

Acting for a lead employer party in the landmark litigation over the harbour pilots' industry-wide pension scheme, involving a deficit of almost £300 million.

Cutting-edge rectification by construction claim

Acting for an IT outsourcing group in a reported construction claim by summary judgment over a potential failure to document pensions equalisation.

Summary rectification claim

Acting for the representative beneficiary in a reported summary judgment rectification claim to amend the pension scheme documentation of an insurance brokerage group.

Major distribution of surplus case

Acting for two representative beneficiaries in a Part 8 application involving distribution of a multi-million pound surplus in the pension schemes of a household name toy manufacturer.

Icelandic bank liquidation

Advising PWC as liquidators of an Icelandic bank over claims against borrowers, involving security over land, yachts, aircraft and other chattels and involving coordination of Jersey, Isle of Man, and SVG advice.

Northern Rock

Acting for shareholders in Northern Rock in their challenge to nationalisation of the bank without compensation following the credit crunch, including an application to the European Court of Human Rights.

AIG post-credit crunch litigation

Advising AIG group on complex proceedings over a £100 million property development and "material adverse change" provision; both AIG and one of the lenders were under supervision by their respective central banks.

Japanese bank insolvency

Providing complex advice on English insolvency litigation to the liquidators of a major international bank in Japan.

High-profile loan documentation dispute

Successfully defending a high-profile summary judgment application over loans to a championship football club.

More: Banking and financial services litigation

Chris has extensive experience defending litigation for professional advisers and their insurers. He has acted both for and against solicitors, actuaries, benefit consultants, and professional indemnity insurers, in negligence, loss of chance and indemnity claims.

Professional negligence claims

Extensive experience of successfully settling professional negligence claims, including use of mediation.

Complex loss of chance claim

Acting in a complex multi-party loss of chance claim involving alleged negligence by solicitors and other professional advisers.

Long-running indemnity claim

Acting for insurers of a professional advisory firm in a complex claim against a major professional services group over an SPA indemnity. The multiple claims led to two reported appeals.

More: Professional and management liability

  • Banks and banking
  • Professional services
  • Pensions

Chris has wide experience in the banking arena, acting in litigation for institutional borrowers, insolvency practitioners and shareholders.

Icelandic bank liquidation

Advising PWC as liquidators of an Icelandic bank over claims against borrowers, involving security over land, yachts, aircraft and other chattels and involving coordination of Jersey, Isle of Man, and SVG advice.

Northern Rock

Acting for shareholders in Northern Rock in their challenge to nationalisation of the bank without compensation following the credit crunch, including an application to the European Court of Human Rights.

AIG post-credit crunch litigation

Advising AIG group on complex proceedings over a £100m property development and "material adverse change" provision; both AIG and one of the lenders were under supervision by their respective central banks.

Japanese bank insolvency

Providing complex advice on English insolvency litigation to the liquidators of a major international bank in Japan.

High-profile loan documentation dispute

Successfully defending a high-profile summary judgment application over loans to a championship football club.

More: Banks and banking

Chris has extensive experience defending litigation for professional advisers and their insurers. He has acted both for and against solicitors, actuaries, benefit consultants, and professional indemnity insurers, in negligence, loss of chance and indemnity claims.

Professional negligence claims

Extensive experience of successfully settling professional negligence claims, including use of mediation.

Complex loss of chance claim

Acting in a complex multi-party loss of chance claim involving alleged negligence by solicitors and other professional advisers.

Long-running indemnity claim

Acting for insurers of a professional advisory firm in a complex claim against a major professional services group over an SPA indemnity. The multiple claims led to two reported appeals.

More: Professional services

Chris Stewart has fifteen years' experience in pensions, including key recent litigation. He has advised in-house in the award-winning Pension Protection Fund legal team, is author of the litigation chapter of the Pensions Law Handbook, and has been recognised in Chambers legal directory for his pensions litigation work.

Landmark Pilots litigation

Acting for a lead employer party in the landmark litigation over the harbour pilots' industry-wide pension scheme, involving a deficit of almost £300 million.

Cutting-edge rectification by construction claim

Acting for an IT outsourcing group in a reported construction claim by summary judgment over a potential failure to document pensions equalisation.

Major distribution of surplus case

Acting for two representative beneficiaries in a Part 8 application involving distribution of a multi-million pound surplus in the pension schemes of a household name toy manufacturer.

Summary rectification claim

Acting for the representative beneficiary in a reported summary judgment rectification claim to amend the pension scheme documentation of an insurance brokerage group.

More: Pensions
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