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Chris is acknowledged as an expert in the field of harassment and cyberstalking

Chris undertakes instructions directly from members of the public under the Bar Direct Public Access scheme.

He is the author (with Michael Salter), of the book 'Social Media in the Workplace: A Handbook' (Jordan Publishing, 2015).

He appears regularly in the County Court as well as in the High Court and Employment Tribunals, and has been involved in cases up to and including the Supreme Court.

Chris has also been involved both in the drafting of Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements and litigation arising out of disputes over such Agreements.

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Chris Bryden

Specialist in General Practice

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Chris has built a busy practice across the range of the common law, with the exception of crime, and enjoys a well-deserved reputation for his knowledge and expertise in each area. Chris is regularly called upon to act in matters that straddle a number of areas of law, having taken the deliberate decision to “specialise in general practice”.
Chris has a particular interest in Chancery and Commercial Litigation, Family (primarily Financial Remedies and Private Client), employment, Property, Housing and Landlord and Tenant work, and Company and Insolvency law.

Chris also has an extensive paper practice covering pleadings and advice on all areas of the law and is able if necessary to provide oral or written advice at short notice.
Chris has also gained significant experience of mediation and alternative dispute resolution and is regularly instructed at an early stage in proceedings for his ability to assist in negotiated settlements or at round table or mediation meetings.

He also has gained a reputation for diligence, hard work and an ability quickly to identify the important aspects of a case. He is approachable and available for advice both formally and informally and is known fearlessly to promote the interests of his clients.

Chris is Head of Chambers’ Family Group. He has experience in acting for clients at all levels of court, and is regularly instructed in complex cases with high asset values to advising on cases with limited assets, and is prepared to consider fixed fees at competitive rates for such work.

He acts regularly in TOLATA disputes and has a reputation for an unrivalled knowledge of the law. He has lectured widely on the various developments in the law of co-ownership in recent years.

Chris has also acted in numerous contentious probate cases and disputes over wills, including allegations of lack of capacity, undue influence and want of knowledge and approval. He has been instructed on a number of occasions in High Court actions arising out of contested wills, and also in respect of mediations arising out of disputes over wills.

In addition, Chris regularly acts in private law children cases, including applications for leave to remove from the jurisdiction and child abduction cases. He is acutely aware of the effect that the cuts in public funding have had on access to expertise and is prepared to consider appropriate fixed fees in cases where funding is an issue.

Chris is also the Secretary to the Chambers Civil Group. He has wide-ranging expertise in contractual and commercial disputes, issues relating to real property, trespass, nuisance, disputes under the Occupiers’ Liability Acts, civil and commercial leases and disputes involving the Land Registry. He is regularly instructed to advise and act on complex commercial cases.

Chris has significant experience of Employment work and has appeared regularly in the Employment Appeals Tribunal, as well as in the Court of Appeal. He has been involved in a number of appeals which have amended or clarified the law, and many of his reported cases are cited in leading practitioner works. Chris deals with cases of unfair and constructive unfair dismissal such as wage and holiday pay claims, discrimination etc. He acts for both employer and employee.

Chris has a niche company law and insolvency practice, having undertaken a Masters degree in corporate insolvency work. He is often asked to advise or act in cases such as those involving unfair prejudice to minority shareholders and has acted on several occasions in respect of the cross-border merger of companies within the European Union. He also has significant experience in respect of both personal bankruptcy and corporate insolvency.

Chris has experience and accepts instructions in other areas of work, notably tortious disputes including negligence and nuisance, Personally Injury and Professional Negligence. He also has an academic and professional interest in cases arising out of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

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Accreditations

MA (Oxon.), (Jurisprudence) Magdalen College, Oxford

LLM (Merit), University College London

Visiting Fellow, University of Bedfordshire (2011- )

Ethics and Advocacy Trainer, University of Law (2011- )

Professional Memberships:
. Property Bar Association
. Employment Lawyers Association
. Family Law Bar Association
. Personal Injury Bar Association
. Public Access Bar Association - Treasurer

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