Chris Ritchie > Arthur Cox Belfast > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Arthur Cox Belfast
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations




Chris Ritchie is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Arthur Cox Belfast Office in Northern Ireland.

Chris has represented insurers and large corporates in Northern Ireland over many years, building up a reputation for sound commercial advice on technical matters but always with the overall goal of problem resolution in mind. His opponents have identified him as an amiable but strategic practitioner and “a conscientious but unshowy lawyer who gets on with the job”. His practice in the insurance sphere includes EL/PL/EPL, Health and Safety, Motor and Professional indemnity. Chris is also experienced in the fields of public procurement and judicial review.


Law Society of NI; Law Society (England and Wales); FOIL.


  • LLB (Hons); Certificate of Professional Legal Studies
  • MA Legal and Administrative Studies
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland, 1995
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, 2002

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Arthur Cox Belfast is active for insurers and large corporate clients and acts across the UK and internationally. Chris Ritchie leads the team, and impresses with his broad range of personal injury expertise, including employers, public, and occupier liability claims. Ritchie additionally has experience in key areas such as hearing loss, asbestos-related illness, and product liability issues. Associate Kristina Cunningham is another key team member.

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Chris RitchieArthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast is known for its range of multinational clients, including Coca-Cola, Sky, and Hiscox, and for its high-profile caseload, including the EU-wide truck manufacturer ‘price fixing’ case and the representation of Volvo and Renault in defence of all claims against their Northern Irish entities. Managing partner Catriona Gibson leads the department and deals with contractual disputes, commercial litigation, and operational disputes. Chris Ritchie undertakes a varied caseload of high-value commercial disputes, with experience representing insurers and large corporates. David Black, ‘sharp and subtle in his analysis‘, and associate Carley Shields are other key contacts.

Northern Ireland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

Arthur Cox Belfast fields an all-Ireland team active for a diverse range of clients, including energy companies, public organisations and housing associations across both jurisdictions. Procurement law specialist William Curry co-leads the department alongside David White, who is experienced in the energy sector. Alan Taylor and Chris Ritchie are also active in the team.