Chris Ritchie is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Arthur Cox Belfast Office in Northern Ireland. Chris has represented insurers and large corporates in Northern Ireland over many years, building up a reputation for sound commercial advice on technical matters but always with the overall goal of problem resolution in mind. His opponents have identified him as an amiable but strategic practitioner and “a conscientious but unshowy lawyer who gets on with the job”. His practice in the insurance sphere includes EL/PL/EPL, Health and Safety, Motor, Occupational disease, Product liability and Professional indemnity.
Chris is also experienced in the fields of public procurement and judicial review. As far as the former is concerned he has advised household name pharmaceutical companies in relation to large-scale public competitions. In relation to judicial review, Chris acted in the highest profile case in Northern Ireland of recent times (the Buick challenge to the Energy for Waste project), the outcome of which led to a highly publicised appeal and ultimately the introduction of Westminster legislation permitting permanent secretaries in Northern Ireland to take executive decisions in certain circumstances.
He is a “Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution” (Chambers), whose experience covers:
- Large loss liability claims of all descriptions
- Professional indemnity/financial lines, including all construction related
- Public procurement/judicial review matters
- Complex personal injury/fatal accidents/occupational disease (including HSE involvement)
- Advice to public bodies/statutory agencies