Mr Chris Ross > McKees > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

McKees
THE LINENHALL
32-38 LINENHALL STREET
BELFAST
BT2 8BG
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

Chris is Managing Partner of McKees and is a partner in the dispute resolution team. While Chris’ main aim is to help clients avoid disputes where possible, he adopts a proactive approach when disputes do arise. He is skilled in running all forms of disputes including litigation, mediation and arbitration. Chris acts for a wide range of commercial clients in the insurance, construction, transport, finance and ICT sectors. He advises insurers on policy disputes, mis-selling of insurance policies and complex property claims. Recently, Chris has represented clients in respect of high-profile procurement challenges, defamation and intellectual property disputes. He is qualified to practice in both England and Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Chris is a former Chairman of the Belfast Solicitors’ Association.

Career

Trained Walker Smith Way, Chester; qualified 1996; solicitor Weightmans, Liverpool 1996-98; McKees 1998 to date, partner 2003.

Languages

French.

Memberships

Law Society of Northern Ireland;
Law Society of England and Wales;
Past chairman of Belfast Solicitors’ Association.

Education

Royal Belfast Academical Institution; Manchester Metropolitan University (1991 LLB Hons); College of Law, Chester (1993 Solicitors’ Final Exams).

Leisure

Chairman City of Belfast Swimming Club, keen cyclist and triathlete.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution

As a ‘long-established but forward-looking firm, McKees stands out for its disputes expertise, representing major domestic banks and financial institutions. Practice head Chris Ross is highly skilled in defending banks against claims of mis-selling, misrepresentation and contract breaches; he is also very experienced in acting in defamation claims. Other areas of expertise from the team include professional negligence actions, property disputes and shareholder disagreements.

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

McKees  is one of the law firms for choice for the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society, and handles mandates concerning farm accidents, road traffic accidents and incidents on construction sites. Leonard Edgar is an expert in advising on catastrophic injury claims, and has notable experience in the County Courts due to his additional role as a Deputy County Court Judge. Chris Ross is another key member of the team; he is particularly active on cross-border claims.