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