Chris has been the Managing Partner of Trethowans since April 2015. As the firm has grown so much over the last few years Chris now spends much of his time dealing with the management side. This growth was recognised in a report in the Lawyer Magazine in October 2017 which confirmed that Trethowans was “the fastest growing independent firm in the UK” for firms with a turnover of up to £24m.
Trethowans has set a strategy and vision – with the specific aim being to continue to grow to become a £20m turnover firm whilst maintaining a strong financial position and protecting its culture.
In addition to his role as Managing Partner, Chris still undertakes work specialising in catastrophic head and spinal injury cases as well as birth related injuries of maximum severity. He has been accredited by the Law Society as a member of their specialist personal injury and clinical negligence panels.
Chris has been appointed by the Court of Protection to act as a professional deputy to manage the property and financial affairs of vulnerable adults, and he also sits as a Deputy District Judge in London.
Chris has been ranked in Chambers (2018) as an eminent practitioner – and is noted for his long standing experience in high value clinical negligence claims, particularly in the area of birth injury. Market commentators find him to be “very good with clients and supportive,” adding that “they have a lot of trust and faith in him, and he sticks by them and does a good job.” Legal 500 (2017) state that Chris is “hugely experienced, very sensible and highly supportive of clients.”
Areas of Expertise
Chris acted for a Claimant who sustained a head/brain injury during his birth. It was necessary to obtain an interim payment on account of damages to fund the client attending a private specialist school. The claim settled for substantial damages including an annual payment for the rest the client’s life to cover his loss of earnings and care needs.
Chris acted for a client who sustained a serious spinal injury as a result of falling through a roof on a building site. The client was unable to return to any form of employment and needed constant care/assistance. Chris was successful in recovering substantial damages which allowed the client to build his own adapted property and be financially secure.
Away from the office
Chris has two daughters who have finally finished their studies. He enjoys travel, mountain walking and cycling.