Chris Owen

Managing Associate

London

T +44 20 7825 4118
chris.owen@simmons-simmons.com

General Experience

Chris is a managing associate in the commercial litigation group in London. He is also a qualified solicitor advocate in England & Wales for all civil courts.

Chris handles large scale, complex and high profile disputes, frequently with a cross border element. He has particular specialisms in competition litigation and mass tort claims in the environment, health and safety space. He acts for claimants and defendants in both of these specialisms.

His clients include large corporates particularly in the energy and infrastructure and technology, media and telecoms sectors. He also advises financial institutions.

Chris has recently acted in one of the Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2018, which culminated in a 3 week trial in the High Court.

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Recent Work
Competition litigation
  • acting for BP in its claims against Visa and Mastercard for damages arising from the level of multilateral interchange fees charged to BP
  • defending SK hynix (one of South Korea’s largest semi-conductor manufacturers) in two claims in relation to the DRAM cartel (one from direct purchasers and one from indirect purchasers)
  • acting for LG in ongoing competition proceedings brought by Iiyama and others in respect of the cartels in CRTs and CRT glass
  • defending a large energy company in arbitration proceedings in a claim arising from alleged breaches of competition law warranties in the disposal of a business in Southern Africa
  • defending Barclays in injunctive proceedings and subsequent damages litigation concerning competition law claims brought under Article 102 (abuse of a dominant position) arising out of the bank’s attempts to close UK accounts of a number of international money remitter clients. Acting in a number of subsequent claims arising out of the same competition law issues.
Environment, health and safety mass tort claims
  • advising an oil major in a large scale environmental mass tort claim arising out of alleged toxic waste dumping in Zambia, with proceedings in Zambia and potential proceedings in London
  • defending Gemfields (part of the Pallinghurst mining group) in English proceedings for damages arising from alleged violations of human rights standards at a ruby mine in Mozambique
  • advising a large infrastructure client on a claim in respect of bore hole pollution and a claim concerning the level of damages due under a complex long-term PPP contract for conduct arising from a breach of health and safety law.
Background

Chris joined Simmons & Simmons eight years ago from the Litigation and International Arbitration department at a magic circle firm, where he trained as a solicitor and practiced for several years.

Chris regularly delivers client training on his specialist areas of competition litigation and mass tort environment, health and safety disputes. He has also published many podcasts and journal articles and is a regular conference speaker.

In addition Chris has a keen interest in the latest developments in class actions, including the new UK opt out action regime for competition damages. He is also interested in the development of third party litigation funding and the impact of Brexit on jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments.

Chris has recently undertaken a six month client secondment to the disputes team at BP where he advised on high court litigation, arbitration and expert determination. He has previously also spent time on secondment to the Court of Appeal, working as a judicial assistant.

Chris is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), the Law Society Competition Section and the Competition Litigators Network.

He is listed as a rising star in London Super Lawyers Magazine 2015 and 2016.

Chris has an MA degree in English law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in international law, both from Cambridge University (Downing College).

Pro-bono

Outside of his fee-earning work, Chris undertakes a number of pro-bono matters and has become a specialist in both business and human rights and international land rights. As part of this work, he has represented the Maasai for a number of years, assisting in their successful negotiation of settlement agreements in respect of several land rights disputes in Tanzania.

Chris also acts as the commercial litigation department’s pro bono coordinator.