Christopher Newman > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Banking and financial services
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Contractual disputes
  • Insolvency
  • International arbitration
  • Jurisdiction, conflicts and enforcement
  • Professional negligence
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Technology, media and telecoms
  • 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, but they often involve issues of fraud or bad faith in a commercial context. He recently acted as the senior junior for a claimant in the Commercial Court alleging a conspiracy spanning a number of jurisdictions to avoid payment under a sale contract. His leader in that case stated Chris was “the best junior that I have worked with in the past ten years”. The strength of his fraud practice is evident from the fact that in 2018 Chris rose from Band 4 to Band 2 in the Legal 500’s civil fraud rankings.

Chris is the author of the International Maritime and Commercial Law Yearbook section on Arbitration Law. He has particular experience of LCIA arbitrations (he recently acted in a four-day arbitration relating to parking data).

His technical skills and breadth of experience mean that he is increasingly sought out for high value offshore work, especially in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the Isle of Man. Chris has a double first class degree in engineering and is well suited to disputes that have a technical aspect.


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)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher NewmanTwenty Essex ‘Smart, tenacious and passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for his clients.’