Chris Hegarty

Call 2018

Chris resolves disputes for businesses and individuals involved in a range of commercial, civil and Chancery problems

Chris  Hegarty

EXPERTISE

Chris resolves disputes for businesses and individuals involved in a range of commercial, civil and Chancery problems. A solicitor since 2010, and solicitor-advocate since 2014, Chris has spent the last 8 years fighting cases against the largest of institutions and including novel issues.

As a former solicitor Chris has a pragmatic and efficient approach to litigation and his advice and representation reflects this. He is able to assist at every stage from the initial assessment all the way to trial and enforcement.

Professional Negligence

Chris is particularly interested in one of the most difficult problems an individual or small business can face – a dispute with their professional advisers – these are unlike other commercial disputes as there is a huge imbalance in information between a client and their adviser and specialist advice is vital.
Chris’ recent work has had him take three major investment mis-selling cases to the High Court as solicitor, Adams v Carey (decision awaited), Jackson v Leslie & Nuding and Worthing v Lloyds. Chris has successfully resolved far more cases before trial, deploying mediation and negotiation skills effectively and strategically.

Before the interest rate hedging product scandal broke, Chris was pursuing one of the first cases. Following this Chris has taken on many cases against financial professionals.

Chris is particularly proficient in cases against solicitors having worked as a solicitor for many years, he can efficiently advise on merits and options and the most effective route to redress and is presently instructed in a number of such cases.

Commercial Litigation

Alongside professional negligence work Chris deals with a broad range of commercial cases from a defective yacht, to commercial landlord issues and mis-selling of foreign property and investment schemes.
Chris accepts instructions to appear in the High Court, County Court and specialist tribunals across the range of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on:

  • Injunctive relief
  • Contractual disputes
  • Financial services
  • Insolvency & Winding Up
  • Sale of goods
  • Construction cases

Housing

Chris appears for both housing providers and tenants across the range of private and social housing issues. He has been invited to give training in relation to housing disrepair. Chris has recent experience including:

  • Possession proceedings involving secure tenants
  •  Anti social behaviour
  • Housing disrepair

Property

Property disputes often involve more than just the value of the land or the problem itself. Chris takes a proactive and strategic approach to resolving these kinds of cases and is available to advise early to minimise the impact of a case on your interests.

Chris has experience of property cases from the First Tier Tribunal to the High Court.

Chris takes instructions on all types of property dispute and has recent experience in:

  • Easements
  • Boundaries
  • Injunctive relief
  • Forfeiture

Personal Injury

Chris is always keen to assist in cases where individuals have suffered serious injury and has particular experience of travel accident cases involving issues of choice of law, choice of jurisdiction and the practicalities of successfully pursuing a foreign insurer or defendant and recovering compensation.

Costs & Procedure

As a solicitor through the costs regime revolution, Chris is well-placed to deal with contested Costs & Case Management Conferences and interlocutory hearings.

CASES

Smith v Goodwin [2021] UKUT 145 (LC) - Acting for Objector at the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in a Section 84 Law of Property Act 1925 application to discharge/modify a restrictive covenant.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters in Electronic & Microelectronic Systems Engineering, UMIST, 2005
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, 2006
  • Admitted to the Roll as a Solicitor, 2010
  • Higher Courts Advocate (Civil), 2014
  • Called to the Bar by Middle Temple, 2018

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Chris has his own website www.chrishegarty.com containing a range of regularly updated resources, articles and case studies with a particular focus on professional negligence and financial services related disputes.

Chris is qualified to receive instructions direct from businesses, professionals and members of the public in appropriate cases.

Clerking team

Steve Walker

Lead Civil Clerk

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0191 245 9589

Lead Employment Clerk & Civil Clerk

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0191 300 9359

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk (Leeds)

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0113 3235 955

Clerk (Middlesbrough)

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01642 247 569

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