Christopher has been an active litigation partner for more than 40 years, specializing in life and general insurance claims. In March 1994, he joined one of the largest full-service law firms where he continued to advise and represent insurance companies and takaful operators on all aspects of insurance law: from agency-related work to defence against claims in court, he especially considers life insurance and takaful law to be an area of practice he is well-versed in and very comfortable with. Christopher also drafts policy contracts and takaful certificates and all types of insurance and takaful-related agreements and documents; the first investment-linked policy document in Malaysia was drafted by him. He frequently conducts legal clinics on developments in insurance law for both management and agency personnel.
Christopher’s practice has also evolved into one consisting of all levels of investment management, unit trust and trustee-related work with clients from across the whole spectrum of the finance and investment universe, both local and foreign: banks, unit trust management companies, asset management companies, fund managers and trustee companies. While documents drafted by him continue to be used as industry standard, Christopher has also successfully represented clients in this area of practice in the courts. He was an independent council member of the Federation of Malaysian Unit Trust Managers (now, the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia) for many years before it became a self-regulatory organisation.
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 lists Christopher as a Leading Individual in Banking and Finance (2008 /2009 and 2009/2010 editions) and describes him as being rated in the market (2008/2009 edition).
The IFLR 1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms quotes a Malaysian fund manager:
Christopher has vast experience with the unit trust industry and matters in relation to regulatory and financial matters. His capacity as de facto legal advisor to our industry gives his opinions great weight, given his close working relationship with the relevant regulatory bodies.
Despite being tagged as a corporate and commercial lawyer at his previous firm, Christopher was still very active in the litigation sphere at both trial and appellate levels for that firm; with more than 40 years at the Malaysian Bar, he was the firm’s most senior litigator (attending also to defence work in medical negligence and disciplinary cases) before his retirement.
Christopher has been a guest lecturer on Damages for final year students at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, for more than ten years. In the past few years, he has also been invited to lecture on Negligence and Remoteness of Damage at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP).
Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Malaya (1980)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP & QUALIFICATIONS
Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
Admitted to the Malaysian Bar on 3 January 1981
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