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Christopher Newman

Work 020 7842 1200
Twenty Essex (Twenty Essex)

Work Department

  • Banking and financial services
  • Civil fraud
  • Contractual disputes
  • Insolvency
  • International arbitration
  • Professional negligence
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Trust litigation


Chris has a broad commercial practice with a focus on heavyweight commercial litigation and arbitration, often with an international dimension. He has experience in civil fraud, commercial litigation, insolvency and company disputes, banking litigation, trust litigation and professional negligence. Many of Chris’s cases are multi-disciplinary, often involving issues of fraud or bad faith in a commercial context.
He has particular experience in the field of unlawful means conspiracy. He spent much of 2015 and 2016 as the senior junior acting for the claimant in a claim in the Commercial Court alleging a conspiracy, spanning a number of jurisdictions, to avoid payment under a sale contract. Chris was also instructed to act in respect of three related arbitrations in Italy.
Chris’s technical skills and breadth of experience mean that he is increasingly sought out for high value offshore work. He has a double first class degree in engineering and is well suited to disputes that have a technical aspect.
He also has a substantial presence in financial services and banking law, and an interest in disputes arising from litigation funding.


Year of call: 2003 (England and Wales); 2017 (British Virgin Islands)


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Insolvency Lawyers’ Association
  • Young International Arbitration Group


  • Inns of Court School of Law: Bar Vocational Course (2003)
  • City University: Postgraduate Diploma in Law (2002)
  • University of Cambridge, Clare College: Master of Engineering, Double First (2001)

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Fraud: civil

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Christopher Newman - Twenty EssexThe dream junior on any tough case, he is bright, tenacious and aggressive - a genuine star.

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