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Christopher Foster



Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

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Christopher is a solicitor advocate with considerable experience in contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, often with an international element, and commercial litigation generally.

Christopher acts for insurers, reinsurers, and major insured entities and their captive insurers. His experience has included California wildfires; the invasion of Kuwait; WorldCom; Exxon Valdez oil spill; Madoff; hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Juliette, Ivan, Wilma, Maria and Irma; the Hatfield rail crash; the Winterthur XL baseball arbitration; hip implants; the Lloyd's litigation; the alleged Algosaibi frauds; Australian bushfires; PPI; film finance (including tax schemes); abuse claims; the PA spiral; asbestos; pollution; the bankruptcy of Enron; pharmaceutical liabilities; 9/11; Venezuelan political risks; disruptions caused by volcanic ash; and Graff on its Bond Street robbery.

Christopher acts on a variety of professional indemnity matters, including the defence of significant claims against solicitors. He was seconded to the legal team of one of the world's leading brokers and has acted on a variety of brokers' errors and omissions disputes. He has particular Bermuda Form experience, and on matters affecting the run-off market. He is the author of the arbitration chapter in the Insurance Institute of London's book, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Practice, and a member of the Insurance Committee of the City of London Law Society.

Christopher is recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers, which has noted his 'widely respected insurance and reinsurance practice' and that he is 'equally adept at insurance and reinsurance'. He has been variously described in these directories as 'client friendly, astute and highly intelligent', an 'ingenious, quick-thinking man who you want to have on your side in a scrap', 'clever, energetic and plain-speaking', 'an extremely able litigator with an encyclopedic knowledge of insurance and reinsurance law', having 'extreme strength in terms of legal acumen and commercial solutions', 'really clever' and 'a guy who can talk knowledgeably across a whole range of areas'. He is also named as one of the UK's leading insurance and reinsurance lawyers in the Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers and in the International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers in Who's Who Legal, the latter of which describes him as "superb" and "known for his top-notch work".

Christopher is qualified in England and Wales.


The London office is the firm's largest, with over 250 lawyers.

It offers the full range of services that HFW provides globally, with partners from the London office working closely with all the other HFW offices, as well as in many jurisdictions around the world. HFW moved to its current premises in September 2008, having previously been in nearby Lloyds Avenue for almost 100 years.

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