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Chris Gupta

LawBrief, Solicitor

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  • Experience

    Chris Gupta is a solicitor with a strong background in contentious law, gained through a number of years’ experience working in the busy dispute resolution department of a Birmingham law firm. He has substantial expertise in acting for SME clients and individuals in relation to a wide range of business disputes; and resolving cases at both pre-action stage, by Alternative Dispute Resolution, and, in appropriate circumstances, through formal court proceedings. A skilled litigator, Chris has conducted proceedings up to Court of Appeal level, and worked on several High Court cases that are reported in the law reports.

    In more recent experience, Chris has worked in the City of London offices of a national law firm, as part of a team of lawyers dealing with high value complaints made by the SME customers of a major UK clearing bank. Through applying his legal expertise in this role, Chris gained an appreciation of how large corporations approach their litigious dealings with smaller companies, and this has further enhanced the strategic advice he is able to offer to SME clients.

    Chris’ specialist area of practice is representing clients involved in a broad spectrum of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, claims arising between shareholders and directors, banking and finance disputes, professional negligence claims, civil fraud and asset tracing, and complex debt claims. He also has a particular interest in contentious insolvency matters, including company winding up and the defence to claims made by insolvency practitioners. Chris is adept in dealing with court work of an urgent nature, such as seeking and responding to applications for injunctive relief.

    As a conscientious lawyer who is committed to ongoing development, Chris enjoys staying abreast of developments in the law and the continually evolving landscape of civil procedure. He also has a keen interest in the use of technology in legal practice, particularly as it supports his agile approach to the efficient resolution of business disputes in a cost effective manner.

    In his own words – Why I like working with SMEs

    The majority of my legal experience has been gained through acting for SME clients, albeit in relation to very complex and often high-stakes litigious matters. I particularly enjoy developing close working relationships with business stakeholders in order to quickly and effectively gain an understanding of the key dynamics of their case. In this way I am able to provide pragmatic, business-focused legal advice and highly strategic representation, which has resulted, time-and-time again throughout my career, in achieving commercially advantageous outcomes for my clients.

  • Education

    • BA Politics and Philosophy, University of Exeter – 2007
    • Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Birmingham – 2011
    • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School – 2012

  • Achievements

    • Qualified as a solicitor in 2015.
    • Conducted £10 million multi-party proceedings on behalf of agricultural sector clients in the Technology and Construction Court, arising from the purchase of defective renewable energy products, against a plethora of international, national and regional law firm opponents. The claims, typically £six-figures in amount, were variously advanced in breach of contract; under the sale and supply of goods legislation; and pursuant to consumer credit legislation, and involved complex issues relating to indemnity insurance and insolvency of the manufacturer and resellers of the products concerned.
    • Represented the claimant in a high value professional negligence claim in the High Court regarding the failure of a solicitor to obtain valid security in a property re-mortgage transaction, which involved a highly convoluted factual matrix and issues of civil fraud. The case was reported in the law reports and developed the law regarding the extent to which a solicitor is under a duty to ensure that a client understands advice given.
    • Acted for a nationwide IT sector franchisee company in a dispute arising from the termination of a franchise agreement, which concerned the franchisee’s rights to continue to provide services to 2,800 of its customers. In this highly sensitive matter, which involved complex legal issues of contractual interpretation, mistake, and breach of warranty, Chris leveraged a calculated strategic approach in order to achieve a commercially favourable outcome for his client without recourse to the Courts.
    • Outside of work, Chris has completed several running events and hill-walking challenges, and, after numerous years working as a solicitor, has gained broader knowledge about world cultures following a six-month work sabbatical spent travelling in Asia, including a stint in the jungle.

  • Other Interests

    In his spare time, Chris enjoys city breaks and active holidays, and when on home shores, getting outdoors at the weekend and partaking in activities like hill-walking, climbing, and all types of running and cycling. At home, Chris is a keen cook, and has an enthusiasm for the arts, particularly literature and contemporary music.

Alexandra Thornton-Reid

Alexandra Thornton-Reid

LawBite has partnered with Taylor Vinters to further extend its legal support capacity for SMEs. Taylor Vinters is an international law firm supporting the businesses which drive the innovation economy, and the entrepreneurs and private wealth that underpin them. Their clients range from Fortune 500 technology multinationals through fast growth venture backed businesses and owner managed businesses, to individuals driven by great ideas and a passion.

Alexandra Thornton-Reid works in the Dispute Resolution team at Taylor Vinters and deals with a broad range of disputes, particularly focussing on property litigation and commercial disputes, with a broad range of clients across both the commercial and private sectors. She strives to deliver a highly technical service with commercial common sense, in the style and at the pace of delivery SMEs require.

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Adrien Herbert LawBrief Solicitor Adrien Herbert
Adrien Herbert LawBrief Solicitor

Adrien Herbert

Adrien Herbert has 12 years’ experience as an in-house legal counsel and qualified in 2011 when working in broadcast media, at NBCUniversal in London. After almost six years with NBCUniversal, she joined UCAS in 2014 on a contract and spent two further years with the education sector service provider, concentrating on commercial contracts, IT, data protection and outsourcing.

Law is Adrien’s third career, having spent nine and fifteen years respectively, in publishing and marketing consultancy.

Why I like working with SMEs:

“SME’s face some very particular challenges when dealing with ‘bigger beasts’ in commerce. It’s incumbent upon a good legal advisor to understand the risks and to offer appropriate advice, which will ensure a necessary level of protection for companies often operating in a more ‘entrepreneurial’ phase of development. Experience of working in many such businesses has been of real benefit to me when advising my clients.”

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Alla Fairbrother LawBrief Solicitor Alla Fairbrother
Alla Fairbrother LawBrief Solicitor

Alla Fairbrother

Alla Fairbrother is an experienced and effective solicitor with clear business focus and many years of legal expertise supporting businesses of various sizes and industries.

Alla has provided legal support to businesses on various areas of law and has broad UK based international experience in all types of legal matters concerning a particular business, with more in-depth experience in commercial / business law, including:

  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a broad range of commercial contracts
  • Confidentiality agreements, NDAs and CDAs
  • Supply of goods and / or services contracts
  • Purchase agreements, both direct and indirect
  • Distributor and dealer agreements
  • Supply, installation, commissioning and some construction contracts
  • Franchise agreements
  • Research, development and student sponsorship agreements
  • Some licensing agreements
  • Marketing support – contracts, advertising, review of materials
  • Initial stages of disputes with customers, suppliers and quality / product liability related disputes
  • Compliance – competition, anti-bribery, export controls, product compliance
  • Data protection
  • Some company secretarial and corporate matters

Alla’s experience includes various sectors and companies, including Cummins Ltd (automotive, manufacturing, engineering, sales, distribution and service support industry), ADT Fire and Security Plc / Tyco (fire and security, manufacturing, sales, installation and service support), Burger King Ltd (franchising and retail/ food industry) and Electronic Arts Ltd (independent interactive software games manufacturer and distributor) and support to such business functions as the Directors and Management, Sales, Marketing, Strategy, Acquisitions, Purchasing, Communications, Finance, HR, EHS, Quality, Research, Development, Engineering, Compliance and other functions.

Alla qualified as a solicitor in 2009 having completed her in-house training contract with a secondment to Eversheds’ London office and is also a Russian lawyer since 2002.

In her own words…

“I am passionate about providing practical, useful and timely legal support to small and medium businesses where I can focus on what’s really important to my client’s business and make an effort to really understand specific objectives and goals so that I can see legal issues from their prospective.”

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Altaf Qureshi Altaf Qureshi
Altaf Qureshi

Altaf Qureshi

Altaf is a barrister at Hardwicke, Lincoln’s Inn with 19 years’ experience in banking and finance, restructuring, corporate and commercial law but who started his career as an entrepreneur with a regulatory technology startup set up by a US law firm in London.

He qualified as a barrister with Hardwicke, Lincoln’s Inn but later cross qualified as a solicitor in the Banking Department at Linklaters in London where he specialized in private equity, leveraged finance and restructuring transactions. Altaf then moved in-house where he was Senior Legal Counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland, advising on the sale of WorldPay and matters relating to merchant acquiring, and then as the Deputy General Counsel of the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in the UAE where he advised wholesale banking, trade finance and financial institutions desk, special assets and treasury.

Altaf currently advises on cross border matters with leading international law firms and multinational clients.

In his own words:

“I enjoy business. I enjoy learning about businesses, how they work, how best they should function and ultimately how to make them stronger and more profitable in the best interests of all stakeholders involved. It is with this in mind that I approach advising clients, be they banks, large multinational companies or SMEs. As such, I also realise that my advice must be practical, workable and achieve both legal and business objectives. With SMEs, this means understanding their problems while keeping in mind limited resources, and designing solutions that can work accordingly. It gives me great pleasure to see my advice resolve problems but also further the business.”

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Amna Ahmed LawBrief Solicitor Amna Ahmed
Amna Ahmed LawBrief Solicitor

Amna Ahmed

Amna Ahmed qualified as a solicitor in 2005, having trained at a prominent City firm. She then went on to work with a large US software company and gained significant experience in IT law as well as general commercial matters. Some of the contracts she has advised on include:

  • Software licenses
  • ASP agreements
  • SaaS agreements
  • Hosting contracts
  • Escrow agreements
  • Professional services agreement

In her own words…

“I enjoy the intellectual rigour of practical problem solving combined with the knowledge that I am making a real difference to a client’s business.”

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