In addition to Chris’s legal work, he is responsible for the implementation of the firm’s strategic business and growth development plan.
“When we take on a client we not only provide the best possible legal advice but also create over-arching strategies which ensure that the wider practical considerations are taken into account.
“It is this combination of excellent legal and practical advice that gives our clients the advantage and helps them to win their cases decisively and in the shortest amount of time.
“I think one measure of our success is the fact that our client retention level is so high.”
– Chris Waters
Chris’s practice is mainly split between high value litigation disputes and private criminal cases, both of which frequently stretch across international borders.
He has built up an excellent reputation for defending large, complex fraud claims as well as taking on big private prosecutions against individuals and companies.
Chris is renowned for offering shrewd practical advice alongside his excellent legal advice. His in-depth legal knowledge combined with his experience means he is able to create overarching strategies that get the results that his clients demand.
With respect to crime, Chris’s experience is focused on complicated fraud, money laundering and representing high-profile or public figures in criminal matters where there is significant risk to reputation and a crisis management plan needs to be put into effect.
Below is an example of some of Chris’s recent work:
Representing two sets of clients accused of a multi-billion pound international fraud alleged to stretch across a number of territories.
Leading a case for a UK whistle-blower in relation to anti-competitive conduct, acquisition and mis-use of confidential competitor information and abuse of dominant position. Advising on submissions made to Ofcom and CMA following a review of over 11,000 documents.
Represented shareholders in a $40m dollar dispute over land and properties in receivership in the Caribbean. Included working alongside Caribbean Counsel to attend mediation offshore.
Represented a group of 47 Claimants in a group action professional negligence claim with a combined value of £26m.
Advised Claimant Groups in both the VW emissions scandal and Vauxhall car fires scandal.
Solicitor in the Lead Litigation Group acting for Claimants in claims against News International for telephone hacking.
Represented Whistle-blowers in respect of alleged significant Government failings with an International element including defending allegations that Parliamentary Privilege applies.
Acted for the Defendants defending possession of a £32m Central London Property where lending was provided in Monaco and secured against the Property. Successfully prevented an attempted sale at £8m with the property going on to sell for £27m.
Representing the sole shareholder of a company with an annual turnover of £250m who was the subject of a claim by a former shareholder alleging that they were entitled to 25% of the shares in the business.
Acting in claim against a London Property Developer who failed to complete the build of a vast property in Morocco leaving our clients with losses in excess of £2m.
Crime & Fraud
Represented Defendant in highly contentious £43m confiscation proceedings with assets worldwide.
Represented Defendant in £200m multi-hand boiler room fraud.
Acted for Defendants in multi-million pound alleged international fraud in the Alternative Investment Market securing the discharge of two Restraint Orders by two different police forces.
Defended former Public Servant in Misconduct in Public Office Proceedings.
Represented Director of a large construction company in a criminal prosecution for Aiding and Abetting a disqualified director to act in breach of a disqualification order and money laundering.
Defended an individual alleged to have defrauded a prominent millionaire out of six figure sums.
Advised on the potential private prosecution of a big 10 firm of Accountants linked its role in a criminal investigation.
Advised a prominent firm of insolvency practitioners on a private prosecution against a former director alleged to have diverted tens of millions of pounds worth of London real estate for his own personal gain.
Varsha Varsani at Meaby & Co dealt with our sale, and purchase, in a timely and professional manner. Her attention to detail and anticipation of potential problems were communicated in a helpful and easy to understand way. She responded to questions and issues speedily and always with a friendly disposition. Couldn't have asked for more.
I recently purchased my brothers share of our property and I would recommend using Meaby & Co Solicitors. They are professional, know what they are talking about and will give helpful advise along the way when needed. I would recommend using them and will do in the future.
Thanks guys for your help in a very painful lease extension. Meaby and co were great and even had to negotiate the extension cost as the surveyors went missing!Thanks for a great service and will definitely be using them again.
After i explained my situation to one of the solicitors over the phone regarding the conduct of a surveyor i had used and what had taken place, the solicitor went on to ask me which roofer i wanted to take legal action against. I wasnt impressed at all and it certainly didnt fill me with confidence that he wasnt able to listen properly. At that point i thought to myself "wow, are you really asking me this"!.......If im going to have someone representing me at the very least they need to is be able to listen. I give a 3 star though as he was polite.
The legal service I received was excellent - I can really recommend Marie Waters, a good person to have fighting your corner. My only criticism is that communication was sometimes a bit frustrating although they always came through in the end.
A huge thanks to Chloe and Marie for a tenacious effort in the sale an purchase of our new home. In a conveyance they would of broken most mortals, the two superstars battled a 5 deep chain to completion under what can only be understated as a challenging situation. You’re in safe hands with the Meaby team. 100% thank you!!!
We are so happy to have been assigned Marie Waters and her Legal support Chloe Castle.Marie is a true professional, who provided us with so much valuable advice. It was our first time buying a property and she ensured to attend to all of our questions and support us throughout every step. We have now completed on the property and we could not have asked for better solicitors. Thank you Marie (and Chloe)!
Meaby & Co were recommended by a friend as I wanted a good London based solicitor to manage my property purchase on the coast. They were excellent and correspondence from Marie Waters and Chloe Castle was always swift, clear and helpful. I would highly recommend this firm and will use them again in future. Many thanks
Peter Russell and Nicky Cleightonhills at Meaby and Co have dealt with four purchases and three sales for us in the last six years - and if that doesn't speak for itself, some of these were very complicated transactions. We shopped around on price and they are among the cheapest, and they are never (as lots of lawyers are!) slow to respond or needed chasing. Nicky Cleightonhills in particular went above and beyond the call of duty time and time again to make sure we were informed and advised - and there's a big difference! Truly a lawyer who earned every damn penny of the fee. Couldn't recommend more highly to anybody at any level of transaction.
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