Business & Commercial Law
Christopher Aylwin has over 40 years experience in the field of commercial litigation. He appears regularly on behalf of both corporate and private clients in the Chancery Division, the Queen’s Bench Division and the Technology and Construction Court. He brings to his practice an acute appreciation of the need for strategic thinking in the context of large-scale litigation, as well as an attention to minute detail. He is well-used to organising and assimilating large quantities of documentary evidence.
As well as having wide experience in the commercial field, Christopher’s specialisms include professional negligence and negligent mis-statement in a commercial context, warranty and valuation disputes, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes (including petitions under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006, formerly section 459 of the Companies Act 1985), breaches of trustees’ and directors’ duties and director’s disqualification.
Christopher also has specialist experience of passing off and markets.
Christopher frequently represents those accused of professional disciplinary offences and appears regularly before the Disciplinary Tribunals of the ICAEW and the ACCA.
Christopher has lectured on commercial matters, as well as on professional discipline, in Chambers’ seminars and to various firms of solicitors, to the Chancery Bar Association and to the Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee of the Bar Council.
Christopher is a member of TECBAR and has wide experience in the Technology and Construction Court. He is also a member of the Chancery Bar Association and the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Gallarotti v Sebastianelli  EWCA Civ 865;  Fam Law 1206;  2 P and CR DG 17
The factors to be taken into account when determining the beneficial interests of parties to a Stack v Dowden/Jones v Kernott common intention constructive trust arising out of a domestic property purchase, where the property had been purchased in the name of one party only and financial contributions to the purchase price were unequal.
Lloyds TSB Bank plc v Markandan and Uddin (a firm)  EWHC 2517 (Ch);  PNLR 6;  P and CR DG 11; and  EWCA Civ 65;  2 AllER 884;  PNLR 20
Rights of a mortgage lender under the terms of a bare trust to recover mortgage monies paid away by its solicitors as the result of a fraud perpetrated on both the solicitors and the mortgage lender by the purported vendors of a property, without any involvement in the fraud on the part of the solicitors.
Plumbly v Beatthatquote.com Limited  EWHC 321 QB
Refusal of a company to make an allotment of shares under an employee share option agreement, where the claimant was alleged to have acted in repudiatory breach of his contract of employment.
Moriarty and Another v Customers of BA Peters plc  EWCA Civ 1604;  BCLC 142;  BPIR 248;  WTLR 1661
The rights of customers of a company in administration whose monies were received by the company prior to administration on trust terms but which were nonetheless used by the company to reduce its indebtedness to its bankers on its overdrawn current account.
Moriarty and Another v Customers of BA Peters plc  EWHC 2005 (Ch);  1 BCLC 110;  BPIR 1180
Dispersal of a brokerage company’s assets by administrators when part of the relevant assets comprised deposit monies received from customers on trust terms, prior to the administration.
O’Brien and Another v Dempsey  EWHC 357 (QB)
The correct approach to the assessment of the reliability of witnesses in a claim for the recovery of two loans where the existence of the loans was disputed, the loans were not evidenced in writing and they had been made in confusing circumstances.
Elvee Limited v Taylor and Others  EWCA Civ 1943
Discharge of search and seizure orders on grounds of material non-disclosure where there is a need to preserve physical evidence resulting from execution of the order.
Nayler v Beard and Others  EWCA Civ 1201
Disclosure in partnership proceedings of an affidavit of means sworn by one of the partners in matrimonial proceedings.
R v Grainger and Another  EWCA Crim 1648
Whether the Court has jurisdiction under the Company Directors Disqualification Act to limit disqualification to directorship of a public company.