- Business to business commercial and contractual disputes
- Shareholder and partnership disputes
- Claims relating to breaches of restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions
- Banking and finance litigation
- Asset based finance litigation and recovery
- Insurance litigation
- Insolvency based disputes
- Recovery of money and assets for insolvency practitioners in the course of company administrations/ liquidations
- Alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation
Since joining Paris Smith LLP in 2003, I have built up an impressive portfolio of clients, ranging from blue chip multinational companies and Plc’s, to no less important smaller SME’s and owner managed businesses. As recognised and acknowledged by my clients, my approach emphasises my practical understanding of my clients’ business needs, issues and risks and I balance these with cost effective and plain spoken advice.
On international, national and local platforms, I advise investment and commercial lenders, brokers, financial services businesses and corporations on the complex litigation issues that often arise in the course of lending. I recognise the need to act quickly and efficiently in securing assets and issuing various forms of proceedings where necessary in order to protect my client’s interests. I am also highly experienced in advising clients in relation to shareholder and partnership disputes.
I have also developed a niche in Recruitment Law and am recognised as an expert in this field. As a result of my detailed knowledge in this area of law, I attract multinational and SME recruitment companies, and not only advise on detailed litigation resulting from contractual disputes, but also advise on the Terms and Business and on various methods of protecting my client’s interests. Through the course of acting for over 140 recruitment agencies, I also have extensive experience in advising clients in relation to injunctions and measures to protect an agency upon a key employee exiting (often to a competitor), particularly in light of potential breaches of restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions.
I have won praise from the Legal 500 for “offering a fantastic service” and having “extensive experience of complex commercial litigation in the High Court“. I have also received recognition from Chambers & Partners and been ranked as a ‘Recognised Practitioner‘.
Chris is an impressive commercial litigator with a keen grasp of a client’s goals and expectations. He brings a refreshing, forceful zeal to commercial disputes whilst also ensuring that all strategic options are properly considered. He is an adept negotiator often finding pragmatic solutions to what appear to be intractable problems. Clients want him on their side as evidenced by the fact he frequently obtains work from former adversaries who have been impressed by his skills and expertise from afar. He is particularly talented at handling contractual litigation, shareholders disputes and recruitment agency fee cases.
- Darragh Connell
I have referred a number of my key clients to Chris in the confidence that Chris will deal with their issues in a professional, speedy and efficient manner. The level of service and expertise provided by Chris continually exceeds my expectations and those of my clients. Chris provides plain English advice and explanations. We would thoroughly recommend Chris, and in fact do on a regular basis.
In the event of default and disputes Delta Finance had engaged a number of different firms of solicitors over the years and found the process slow and cumbersome. After being recommended to Chris Hollis and the team at Paris Smith we had finally found a firm of solicitors who dealt with matters with the expediency, urgency and enthusiasm that we ourselves input to problem cases. It has also been refreshing to receive advice from someone with a detailed knowledge and genuine understanding of our industry.Delta Finance would happily recommend them to anyone in the asset finance and equipment finance industry.
Delta Finance Corporation
Chris Holliss has been our ‘go to’ man and we have found him straight forward, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.
Project Resource Ltd
I would recommend Chris’ services to any company. In addition to working on specific litigation matters, he has also been proactively helping enhance our Terms and Conditions.
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
All the work Chris has done for us and other associates has always been first class.
St. James Motor Company
We have frequently used Chris for high-value or complicated dispute resolution matters and have found his service to be excellent. Chris has gained a reputation as a Solicitor with specialist knowledge of the recruitment market and it is refreshing to deal with someone who understands the legal and commercial issues which we face on a daily basis. I would highly recommend him.
Randstad CPE Ltd
Myself and my business partner would like to formally thank Chris Holliss and Paris Smith for their professionalism, efficiency and commitment. Empathetic, well-organized and highly skilled professionals with a commitment to us.
We have explored and experienced various legal professionals. Paris Smith are without a shadow of a doubt the best legal support we have ever experienced. We believe our relationship with Chris and Paris Smith will continue for the rest of our professional careers and feel confident the relationship will also be inherited by our future successors.
- Yong Chong & Karl Cassey
Modum Search Founders
Paris Smith LLP, by way of Chris Holliss, has represented us brilliantly in two recent disputes. In both cases, poorly drafted legacy commercial agreements, gave the other party, on the face of it, a distinct advantage. Chris Holliss’ fine appreciation of the law, risk, and human psychology, combined with excellent preparation and communication, swung both cases in our favour, saving our company both time and money. We could not recommend them highly enough.
- Laura Villasenin
We have used Chris and his team’s services in debt resolution for the last three years and as we have grown we have had more and more cases for him to help with. He and his team deal with our requests promptly and most importantly get good results in terms of collections. His team are our “go to” legal debt recovery team.
- Paul Tonks, Finance Director
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the work you carried out on behalf of my company. Paris Smith continue to represent Premier Recruitment Solutions Ltd with outstanding results. I highly recommend Paris Smith for all types of legal work!
- Marcus Hackney, Managing Director
Premier Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Chris’ advice was clear and his in depth knowledge reassured me that I had someone on top of his game. He had figured out the other side immediately. His drafting was detailed and he made it quite clear to the other side that we knew what we were doing. Chris made all the difference here and helped me through a very difficult time.