Chris Meiring has a broad practice with a dual focus on (i) commercial matters, including financial sanctions, regulatory, and International Organisations law, with cases involving serious misconduct and white-collar crime; and (ii) personal injury and clinical negligence.
Chris has recently returned from a secondment with the Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) where he dealt with matters relating to financial sanctions including licensing and breaches from both a legal and policy perspective.
Prior to joining Chambers, Chris has built up a range of experience across different sectors. He studied medicine as an undergraduate at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Imperial College London. He then joined a strategy consultancy, where he worked on projects mostly relating to banks and financial intermediaries. He returned to Cambridge to read for an MPhil, during which he published research on prognostication in intensive care using machine learning, and received the top distinction. He subsequently practised as a junior doctor while undertaking the GDL (Distinction) and Bar course (Outstanding).
Through his time at Chambers, Chris has gained experience across a range of practice areas, including those listed below. His Clerks would be happy to assist with his recent experience, and ongoing cases in these and other areas.
Chris has recently returned from a secondment with the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), where he worked on matters of breaches and licensing under the Russia sanctions regime. Through this, he has gained a deep insight into the law and policy of financial sanctions licensing and enforcement under the various sanctions regimes under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018.
His work at OFSI involved the range of financial sanctions under the Russia Regulations, the Global Anti-Corruption Regulations and the Libya Regulations.
Chris accepts instructions in sanctions matters, both as a junior in a team and unled.
Chris has experience of regulatory investigations and proceedings, acting in his own right and as a junior in large-scale investigations, in cases involving fraud and serious misconduct.
He is junior counsel to Farhaz Khan KC (3 Verulam Buildings) in an ongoing large-scale inquiry by a regulator into non-financial misconduct by firms and individuals.
He is also assisting Farhaz Kahn KC, as junior counsel on a matter involving sanction by a regulator for misconduct in a financial services setting, currently on appeal.
He works with Alex Haines on matters of International Organisations law. This includes recent success in having charges of fraudulent practice dropped against their client by a UN Specialised Agency and International Financial Institution.
Chris regularly accepts instructions, both as a junior on large commercial matters and unled for hearings in the County Court.
Recent cases of note include:
He also has a busy paperwork practice as a junior junior in large commercial disputes. He was recently instructed to assist with disclosure in Republic of Mozambique v Privinvest, Credit Suisse, VTB (and others), a case involving $2bn-worth of sovereign guarantees.
As part of his wider practice, Chris frequently appears in the Employment Tribunal on all matters ranging from preliminary case management hearings to multi-day trials.
He has experience on cases across the range of employment litigation, including discrimination, unfair dismissal, TUPE, employment status, and equal pay.
Chris regularly accepts instructions in personal injury matters, both fast track and multi-track, for claimant and defendant. His experience includes matters involving road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, the Highways Act, the Fatal Accidents Act, and the Animals Act.
He accepts instructions to appear in preliminary and substantive hearings, to settle pleadings, and to advise on merits, quantum, strategy and settlement. He also accepts instructions to advise and attend infant settlement approval hearings.
Examples of recent work include:
During his pupillage, Chris sat with Eliot Woolf QC and Will Young where he worked on higher value personal injury matters, gaining experience issues of both liability and quantum in complex injury cases. He accepts instructions as a junior in high value and complex matters.
Chris regularly accepts instructions in clinical negligence matters, acting for claimants and defendants in the High Court and County Courts. He has a busy paperwork practice advising on prospects, drafting pleadings, valuing claims, and advising on settlement.
Chris’ background as a doctor means that he is well placed to understand complex and extensive medical records, to get to the key issues quickly and effectively, and to handle medical expert evidence.
Recent examples of work include:
During his pupillage, Chris sat with Eliot Woolf QC and Will Young where he worked on higher value clinical negligence matters, gaining experience issues of both liability and quantum in complex injury cases. He accepts instructions as a junior in high value and complex clinical negligence matters.
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