Christopher M Brooks

Counsel

Christopher M Brooks

Christopher M Brooks

Counsel

Tel

+44 (0)1624 695800

Email

cmb@mplegal.im

General

1999

Magdalene College Cambridge University (BA (Cantab))

2000

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice - Legal Practice Course

2002

Comissioner for Oaths
Advocate Isle of Man

2005

MA (Cantab)

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Memberships

Isle of Man Law Society 2002


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Legal directory endorsements

A regular representative of clients at the Isle of Man Employment Tribunal, Market commentators note that "intellect and application are his strengths".

Chambers UK 2017

Recommended for Employment appearing regularly before the employment tribunal

Legal 500 - UK (2016)

'Very competent and communicative'

Legal 500 - UK (2016 edition)

At the 'excellent' M&P Legal, highlights for the 'sound and practical' Christopher Brooks included acting in the £3m sale of a hotel and country club.

Legal 500 - UK (2016 edition)

Maintains a strong market reputation and is described as a skilled lawyer with an active practice.

Chambers (2012 edition)

Is great at keeping the client informed of how the case is progressing.

Chambers Europe (2011 edition)

Is best known for his employment, financial services and insurance disputes work.

Chambers (2011 edition)

Has recently obtained the grant of the Isle of Man's first interlocutory injunction restraining an employer from suspending employees

Legal 500 (2009 edition)

He's highly intelligent and works hard to keep pushing a case forward.

Chambers UK (2009 edition)

Recommended for "a broad practice that includes director's disqualification work"

Legal 500 (2007 edition)

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Articles and publications

M&P Review - Asbestos - Manx Law Lags Behind UK (July 2016)
Isle of Man Chapter of "Enforcement of Foreign Judgments", edited - Louis Garb) (2012) published by Kluwer Law International;Religion and Conscience in the Workplace (M&P Review 2013);
Poor Investment Rates Produce Stellar Damages Awards - M&P Review (February 2012);
The Isle of Man - an Available and Convenient Jurisdiction?
International Law Office (2010);
Granditropin - Smuggling Drugs or Supplying Medicine?
International Law Office (2009);
George Johnson Law Prize (2008).


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Significant cases

Chris regularly deals with obtaining or opposing Freezing Orders on international matters involving a variety of subjects such as ships, planes or commercial contracts. Chris' most recent instruction was for a Russian bank to freeze two aeroplanes to enforce a Russian judgment [2018]

Chris regularly acts for the Financial Services Authority and has also advised the Treasury and the UK Crown Prosecution Service.

Insolvency of funds: Re: ECO Resources Fund PCC PLC [ 2017] - Fit and proper status for key staff.

Chris regularly advises on employment matters for both employer and employee. He has dealt with a wide range of issues including protected disclosures, maternity rights, unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and victimisation, unlawful deductions and restrictive covenants.

Injunctions:
Freezing Order:
a) successful setting aside on jurisdictional grounds; forum non conveniens - (Guergov v Marcheva and others (2010)),
b) based on breach of trust: In Re Festive Productions (2012);
c) For tax debt HMRC v Connors (2013);
d) International commercial shipping dispute: The Lady K (2015)
Restraining suspension of two consultant doctors: first of kind in IOM - Chohan and Khan v DHSS (2009);
Opposing injunction obtained to enforce restrictive covenants and protect confidential information - Lorne House Trust v Tait (2010).

Tort Contract and Equity:
Chris heads up M&P's relationship with Unite the Union and has acted both in a number of fatal accident claims and has developed a special interest in asbestosis and mesothelioma cases
Gas Explosion: Horan v Manx Gas (2016)
Consultancy Fees: HA Management Limited v GRI (2013)
Challenging professional fees: Osiris v Oakley (2011);
Secret commissions for insurance business: Booth v TIL (2009);

Employment:
Maternity Rights:
Asbestos: mesothelioma - successful claim;
Unfair Constructive Dismissal: exclusion, team move. Unpaid bonuses; Bullying and harassment;
Redundancy: lack of consultation: Murphy v TIL (2011);
Sex discrimination and victimisation: Rawlinson v Equiom (2009);
Unlawful deduction: Yates v Betinternet (2006);

Company and Regulatory
Advising Treasury (2016)
Recognition of foreign insolvency: In re Kaupthing HF (2016)
Proceeds of crime: Civil recovery re trust: CPS v Fulcrum (2015)
Disclosure of bank records to Irish revenue: Danske Bank A/S v Irish Revenue Commissioner (2013)
Improper liquidation: disqualification of liquidator - FSC v Jordan (2008);
Director's duties: disqualification - FSC v Canty and Bannister (2008) and FSC v Byrne (2007);
Shareholder disputes. Corporate Crime: Defending CSP directors against accusations of being complicit or negligent in Misuse of Drugs Act offences, successful submission of no case to answer: A.G. v Hatcher Pharmaceuticals and others (2007);
Drugs Act Interpretation. Appointed by Court as Amicus Curiae: Attorney General's reference (2008).
First Disclosure Order under Proceeds of Crime Act 2008 in re Fulcrum Ltd (2011):
locus standi of affected persons In re Fulcrum Ltd (no 2) (2012):

Mediation: Chris has effectively mediated a number of matters, the most recent being the high level departure of a CEO from a regulated entity.

Commercial Property:
Sale of £1.5m development site in Douglas; Commercial leases
Sale of Mount Murray Country Club (2016)


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Languages

English and German (basic)