Chris Recker focuses his practice on international and complex commercial litigation and arbitration involving allegations of fraud or dishonesty.
Chris’ experience includes freezing and tracing assets (including domestic and world wide freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust Orders, and search orders), international asset recovery and anti-suit injunctions. Chris acts for both Claimants and Defendants on these matters.
Chris has significant experience of co-ordinating standalone and parallel litigation (and arbitration) in a variety of jurisdictions, including: the USA, the Middle East, Malta, Guernsey, Cyprus, Poland, Ghana and South Africa. He also has experience of working on civil litigation with parallel criminal investigations (including investigations in other jurisdictions).
Chris has a particular interest in new and emerging technology, including issues connected to virtual currencies and financial crime. He has advised on a series of asset recovery matters involving the theft of cryptocurrency, and has advised on risks and opportunities relating to the use of virtual currencies.
Chris has significant experience of dealing with cyber security matters, including incident response (particularly involving ransomware, or authorised push payment fraud) and associated investigations. He has also spent time on secondment to a local authority and international bus operator.
Chris also advises on risk mitigation and prevention strategies in relation to fraud, cybersecurity and litigation (including associated advice under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Bribery Act 2010 and Criminal Finances Act 2017).
In 2021, Chris was listed in The Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation and Civil Fraud, quoting a client as saying, "Chris Recker really took his time in accurately drafting emails for us and making the necessary tweaks and adjustments to ensure we were always conducting ourselves to best possible standard and that we were always covered."
Chris is a 2012 graduate of University of the West of England Bristol.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
- Civil Fraud
- White-collar Crime and Investigations
- England and Wales
- University of Law, Birmingham, LPC, with distinction, 2013
- University of the West of England, LL.B. First Class Honors, 2012
- Associate, 2021-present
Trowers & Hamlins
-Senior Associate, 2020-2021
- Associate, 2018-2020
- Solicitor, 2016-2018
- BLM – Birmingham
-Trainee Solicitor, 2014-2016
Chris is a freelance lecturer at BPP Law School where he teaches (on the LPC): Civil Litigation, Advocacy, Advanced Commercial Litigation and Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation. Chris has also taught the law of Financial Crime on the LLB.
Honors and Awards
- Listed in The Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation and Civil Fraud, 2021
Chris achieved the highest mark (on the Legal Practice Course) for Insurance Law in the Birmingham Centre of the University of Law.
- Contributor, Duane Morris London Blog
- Co-author, "Fighting Cryptocurrency Fraud: What’s in the English Lawyer’s Toolkit?" International Corporate Rescue, Vol 17, 2020
- Co-author, "Contracts Jim, but not as we know them,"The Commercial Litigation Journal, January/February 2020
- Chapter Author, The Financial Crisis and White Collar Crime – legislative and policy responses: a critical assessment’, Routledge, 2017
Selected Speaking Engagements
- "Ransomware and Cybersecurity Issues," ISACA, March 2022
- Cryptocurrency Panel Discussion, Webinar, PDC, December 2020
- "Lessons Learned from Data Breaches," ISACA 50th Annual Conference, November 2019
- "An Introduction to Cryptocurrency," Midlands Fraud Forum, September 2019
- "Cybersecurity and Blockchain Technology," West Midlands Cyber Security Expo 2018
Obtained a worldwide freezing injunction in a group claim valued at £50m, with parallel recognition proceedings in Florida, USA.
Acted for an Isle of Man Property Company in a claim, pleaded at €30m, in relation to development land in Poland. The claim involved a freezing injunction, allegations of the payment of bribes, issues of reflective loss and a parallel criminal investigation in Poland.
Advising individuals and organisations on the recovery of cryptoassets and NFTs (including liaising with blockchain tracers, and exchanges in multiple jurisdictions).
Advised the victims of a multi-jurisdictional Ponzi scheme.
Obtained a freezing injunction against a regulated business.
Following an identity fraud against a company, obtained a norwich pharmacal order to rectify the register at Companies House.
Prepared to act as part of a supervising solicitor’s search team.
Assisted and advised on external investigations carried out by a variety of third parties and regulators.
Carried out an internal investigation for an organisation following allegations of the misappropriation of funds.
Carried out an international investigation for a client, following a dawn raid in their local jurisdiction.
Advised on a variety of cyber security issues including prevention and mitigation strategies.
Advised on incident response and notifications to the ICO.
Advised on notifications to data subjects following cyber security incidents / data breaches.
Advised and carried out investigations in relation to immediate incident response (including instructing relevant third parties) following ransomware, authorised push payment fraud, identity theft and CEO fraud.
Acted for a company in a circa €15m LCIA arbitration, which involved parallel proceedings in an EU member state and challenges to jurisdiction.
Acted for an offshore company in a claim to recover misappropriated trade marks.
Advised and acted on a variety of commercial disputes between public and private companies.
Acted for a private equity firm in a commercial court claim for misrepresentation valued at £15m.
Advised a company on financial crime risks relating to the implementation of new payment technology.
Advised on SARs and correspondence with the NCA.
Advising on a variety of issues related to money laundering, bribery, corruption and the failure to prevent tax evasion.
- Drafted a variety of policies, including: anti-fraud and anti-bribery and corruption.