Chris Ritchie

Chris Ritchie | Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Arthur Cox
  • Chris Ritchie
  • PARTNER, DISPUTE RESOLUTION
  • +44 28 9026 5542
  • Arthur Cox, Victoria House, Gloucester Street, Belfast BT1 4LS, Northern Ireland

Expertise

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 includes EL/PL/EPL, Health and Safety, Motor, Occupational disease, Product liability and Professional indemnity. 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
  • Complex personal injury/fatal accidents/occupational disease (including HSE involvement)

Experience

Chris’s selected relevant personal experience includes:

  • Defended insured coach company sued by over 50 claimants after driver suffered vaso vagal fit, rendering him (on our case) an automaton. Relying on strong medical evidence that the driver’s medical condition could not have been identified beforehand, we were able to negotiate a substantial discount on damages in each individual case.
  • Defended TUV in NI in respect of a number of claimants alleging implantation of defective implants made by Poly Implant Prosthese.
  • Issued judicial review of public procurement tender in respect of Nutritional Supplements resulting in the tender being withdrawn.
  • Defended surveyor in respect of 47 claims brought by individuals as a result of property scam in Turkey.
  • Successful suit on behalf of consultant anesthetist catastrophically injuried whilst in ambulance – damages of £1.4m recovered after commencement of hearing.
  • Defended hip implant manufacturer in relation to allegations of defective product liability.
  • Defended insured construction company in respect of fatal accident, providing advice from interview stage (over 20 witnesses) with police/HSE through criminal trial, inquest and ultimately personal injury claim, negotiating 50/50 outcome with co-defendant.
  • Defended insured wood chipping company in respect of traumatic amputation of leg. Claimant was a foreign worker and the case raised various issues regarding the company’s duties under the Health & Safety legislation.
  • Acted for firm of architects sued for £2.5m in respect of allegedly defective works, compromising a prestige building development. A large part of the claim was based on alleged loss of profits premised on the Claimant Contractor being unable to sell the properties before the “credit crunch”. We set out our argument that this loss was bad in law and it was ultimately withdrawn, the case itself being resolved for a fraction of the amount sought. This case was also the first instance in Northern Ireland of using Early Neutral Evaluation (Judge-led).
  • Acted for firm of brokers in respect of claim for £2.7m. We successfully instituted a causation argument, making the case that the vast bulk of the claim was not caused by the Insured’s negligence. The claim was settled for less than a tenth of the amount sought.
  • Acting for insurer in dispute with another insurance company regarding which was liable to indemnify. After giving early advice to our client, we guided them through an informal expert adjudication procedure, ultimately leading the other insurer to accept full liability for the putative loss.