Chris Waters – Managing Partner/ Head of Litigation
Chris is a Managing Partners at Meaby&Co Solicitors and heads the Commercial Litigation and Fraud team within the firm.
He specialises in high value, large international cases which stretch across multiple jurisdictions.
As a dual-qualified solicitor he is authorised to practice both in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland.
In addition, Chris is an independent accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.
“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.
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