Chris Corney

Chris Corney is a commercial litigation partner at Carter Lemon Camerons LLP.

Chris helps people, businesses and public authorities to resolve disputes, to protect their assets and to recover money. This often involves disputes across international borders.

Recent work has included:

  • Acting for local authorities who have been the victim of procurement fraud, tenancy fraud and trespass/breach of property rights.
  • Acting for victims of overseas property mis-selling in Spain and elsewhere.
  • Acting for separating spouses in tracing and securing matrimonial assets.
  • Acting in a range of commercial disputes particularly in the engineering and logistics sectors.
  • Divorce, separation and related financial matters.


Some notable cases are:

  • Fearon v Martin [2003] – represented Norfolk farmer Tony Martin in successful defence of claim for damages for assault and battery brought by convicted burglar, Brendan Fearon;
  • Schmidt v Rosewood Trust [2003] UKPC 26 – leading Privy Council decision on the disclosure of trust documents;
  • United International Pictures v Cine Bes Filmcilik ve Yapimcilik AS [2003] EWCA Civ 1669 – acting for Turkish media group in dispute over film broadcast license fees – important Court of Appeal decision on penalty clauses;
  • Gaydamak v UBS Bahamas Ltd [2006] 1WLR 1097 – successful application to Privy Council for re-instatement of appeal relating to frozen bank accounts in Bahamas;
  • Orascom Telecom Holdings SAE v Republic of Chad & Others [2008] EWHC 1841 (Comm) – acting for African state in dispute regarding immunity of state assets from enforcement of arbitral awards;
  • Hurst & Others v Cordner [2010] EWHC 1159 (QB) – acting for group of property investors who obtained judgment against fraudsters involved in mis-selling luxury homes in Spain.


Chris speaks at events and writes on issues relating to fraud and income generation in the public sector.  He contributed an article entitled “Revenue Generation” to the Law Society Gazette’s Local Government Supplement 2010 looking at options for local authority legal departments to help boost their authority’s revenues.

He is also co-author of the National Fraud Authority’s “Compendium of Powers and Penalties” released December 2011 as part of its Fighting Fraud Locally initiative.

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