AREA OF PRACTICE
Christian (Chris) Toms is a partner in Brown Rudnick’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group. He has experience in a wide range of disputes, in particular those arising from complex financial arrangements and investments, as well as director/shareholder and joint venture disputes. His previous experience at the Criminal Bar also gives him an invaluable insight when advising on financial regulatory matters.
Chris acts for a diverse group of international clients, having previously acted for and against investment banks, hedge funds, pension funds and other investors, as well as individuals and corporates in industries as diverse as technology, construction, motor racing and pharmaceuticals. Chris also has experience in confidential applications for privacy injunctions, and competition law related matters.
Chris is highly regarded and noted in The Legal 500 for the areas of Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail; Commercial Litigation: Premium; and Fraud: Civil. Chris is also listed in the London Super Lawyers List for the area of Commercial Litigation. Chris has been recognised as a “highly focused, technically excellent partner with broad shoulders and an eye on the result at all times," (The Legal 500, 2021), for his “particular experience in complex financial disputes, arising from investment banking and funds work” (The Legal 500, 2018), and he has been described as “tenacious” (The Legal 500, 2015), “attuned to clients’ interests” (The Legal 500, 2014) and is “noted for his helpfulness and intelligence” (Chambers & Partners, 2013). He was a lead member of the “pugnacious and effective“ Brown Rudnick team who acted for a Dutch pension fund against Goldman Sachs (The Legal 500, 2014).
In 2020 Chris was appointed a Recorder (Deputy Circuit Judge) by HM The Queen, on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Chris continues in practice at Brown Rudnick whilst undertaking his judicial responsibilities.
Before joining Brown Rudnick, Chris was an associate barrister with the then Lovells LLP. Prior to that, he spent a number of years as a tenant in London chambers working as a criminal barrister, defending and prosecuting in a wide variety of cases.
In addition to his fee earning work Chris has a keen interest in pro bono and leads the Firm’s London Office initiatives in this area. He is also a Director of Brown Rudnick's Charitable Foundation and Center for the Public Interest.
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