Linklaters’ Style quits for One Essex Court

Linklaters litigation veteran and former practice chief Christopher Style QC is set to leave the firm to join One Essex Court.


Christopher Style QC
Christopher Style QC

Linklaters litigation veteran and former practice chief Christopher Style QC is set to leave the firm to join One Essex Court.

The arbitration specialist, who headed the magic circle firm’s disputes practice and later ran its commercial division, will join the commercial and chancery set on 1 November after 27 years as a partner at the firm.

In one of his highest-profile recent cases, Style acted for the London Court of International Arbitration in Jivraj v Hashwani, in which the Supreme Court ruled that arbitrators are not employed and therefore exempt from UK Equality Regulations (27 July 2012).

He was chosen to head Linklaters’ litigation group in 1999, replacing Brinsley Nicholson (12 June 1999), and was later made global head of the commercial division covering IP, disputes, real estate and construction and TMT (7 May 2002). He made partner in 1985 and acquired higher courts rights of advocacy in 1997, taking silk in 2006. He passed on the reins as litigation chief to Brussels partner Françoise Lefèvre in the mid-2000s.

Style, who spent nine months at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, once described litigators as “hired guns” in an interview with The Lawyer(13 December 1999).

He has also been a supporter of solicitors becoming solicitor-advocates, commenting at the time of his appointment as a QC: “I always encourage my team to flex their muscles and get up on their feet occasionally. I want to encourage more solicitors to do it.” (24 July 2006).