Chris McDuff


Chris is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department and has extensive experience in contentious insolvency (acting for creditors, liquidators and debtors) in England & Wales, Australia, the Cayman Islands and the DIFC. The value of matters have ranged from £20,000 up to USD 750 million.

Chris has also acted and advised Administrators and Debtors in restructurings.

Further Chris has acted in complex commercial disputes involving contract disputes and Companies Act claims.

During the global financial crisis (2008 – 2012), Chris was involved in many large multi-million dollar cross-border insolvencies (value generally ranged from USD 20 million to USD 750 million) and disputes in the Cayman Islands where the tentacles of the Cayman incorporated hedge fund extended to many parts of the world or shareholders wished to divest themselves of money in the hedge fund.

Chris’s client include large listed corporate clients and the British and Australian government departments in many commercial disputes. Chris has also appeared in two Royal Commission in Australia.

Firstly, as Counsel for the then largest Construction project in Australia - The Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry. Secondly, as Lead Partner for a law firm in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Chris has also advised the British Government in what was then the world’s largest class action involving its obligation to over 600,000 Claimants which it had indemnified workers for the former British Coal.

Chris has a ‘can-do’ attitude and will advise his client from the start as to its chances of success in either bringing the action or defending it. He is always minded as to fees and keeps his client informed as to the progress of the matter from a legal standpoint and from a costs standpoint.

Chris can distil very complex cases and issues so that all can understand so that Boards/Committees/Creditors/Liquidators/Administrators can make informed and considered decisions.

In 1996, Chris was awarded his LL.B from the University of Otago in New Zealand. In 2010, Chris was awarded his LL.M from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

In 2006 Chris attended Harvard Law School and completed a Negotiation and Mediation programme there. In 2008, Chris was awarded the prestigious qualification of INSOL Fellow in the inaugural year.

Chris is admitted to the Honourable High Court of England & Wales, High Court of Australia, The Supreme Court of Western Australia, The Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, as an Advocate in the DIFC and the High Court of New Zealand.