Chris Pocock specialises in divorce and matrimonial finance in disputes between high net worth parties. He has a wealth of experience dealing with complexities involving corporate and other businesses and/or complex remuneration packages, as well as with cases involving offshore and onshore trust and other asset-holding structures. Many, if not most, of his cases involve international and cross-border aspects, either substantively or in relation to enforcement.

Chris is ‘very hardworking and someone you would definitely want in your trench when it gets tough.’ – 2017 Legal 500

  • Thum v Thum [2016] EWHC 2634 (Fam); [2016] 4 W.L.R. 171 (permission granted to appeal to the Court of Appeal)
  • MAP v MFP [2015] EWHC 627 (Fam); [2016] 1 F.L.R. 70
  • B v IB (Order to set aside disposition under Insolvency Act) [2014] 2 FLR 273
  • Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman (Disclosure) [2014] 2 FLR 939
  • Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman (Application for Joinder) [2014] 1 FLR 865
  • Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman [2014] 1 FLR 232

Chris was one of the first silks to qualify as an arbitrator under the IFLA Financial Arbitration scheme. He has sat as arbitrator in several cases, including two with complex valuation and tax issues.

Chris has conducted many private FDRs. He does so both in the UK and offshore.

Chris is qualified to accept direct access instructions.

Reputation & Awards

‘He’s incredibly numerate; he just eats the numbers... You can almost win it on the papers alone, but he’s actually also a brilliant advocate as well.’

CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS 2018

Chambers & Partners

‘A highly experienced financial silk who routinely handles multi-jurisdictional proceedings for high net worth individuals. He is noted for his expertise in complex tax, corporate and asset structures as they relate to family law. He is also frequently sought out to advise on and draft nuptial agreements.

‘He’s incredibly numerate; he just eats the numbers and gives you these spreadsheets which are user-friendly and easy to understand. He prepares brilliantly and his paperwork is always fantastic. You can almost win it on the papers alone, but he’s actually also a brilliant advocate as well.’

‘Pocock’s wizardry when it comes to figures is legendary, but observers were keen to point out that it is his ‘aura of calm’ and ‘highly pronounced human side’ that really make him the ‘clients’ darling’.

Legal 500

‘He has a razor-sharp intellect, and offers down-to-earth, practical advice.’

‘He knows what judges are thinking and presents arguments in a way that will win most ground.’

Education

Pembroke College, Oxford University (BA Jurisprudence)
St Dunstan’s College, Catford

Professional Memberships

FLBA
MCIArb
SE Circuit

 

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