Chris Millar > Downs Solicitors LLP > Dorking, England > Lawyer Profile

Downs Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Commercial litigation and insolvency.


Senior partner. Chris specialises in commercial litigation and insolvency. His clients are varied and many are located overseas. His focus is to advise clients on effective dispute resolution, covering a broad range of issues, eg from shareholder disputes, contractual claims and professional negligence claims to debt/asset recovery. Chris advises many insolvency practitioners and other clients on all aspects of insolvency-related issues, and has become an acknowledged expert in the field of ‘phoenix companies’. Recent cases include: the recovery of high-value assets in Switzerland and Belgium on behalf of a trustee in bankruptcy; a claim in excess of £10m against a European bank by a Mexican national; two Court of Appeal decisions regarding ss216-217 Insolvency Act 1986; and acting for a number of shareholders in respect of unfair prejudice petitions and derivative claims.


Senior partner Downs Solicitors 2015. Contributing author ‘Enforcement of Money Judgments’ and ‘Attachment of Earnings’ (Juris Publishing, US).


R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals); The British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

At Downs Solicitors LLP, senior partner Chris Millar and Martin Steer have a wealth of experience handling contentious personal and corporate insolvency litigation. Beyond contentious work, the firm is a strong choice for advice on pre-insolvency risk management (including refinancing and restructuring), administrations, liquidations, receiverships and CVAs. The team can also offer transactional support.