Chris Hegarty

Chris Hegarty

Barrister London
Membership Status: Barrister - Associate Member Qualified in 2018 Public Access Accredited BSB Guidance for Public Access


General Information

Chris resolves disputes for SMEs and individuals involved in a range of commercial, civil and chancery problems. A solicitor since 2010, Chris has spent the last 8 years fighting cases against the largest of institutions and is unafraid of fighting your corner.

Chris qualified as a solicitor advocate in 2014 and has taken on a broad range of work, taking cases from beginning to final hearings.

Based in London, Chris acts for clients across the country delivering pragmatic and efficient advice and representation. He is able to assist at every stage from the initial assessment all the way to trial and enforcement.

During recent years Chris has specialised in one of the most difficult problems an individual or small business can face – a dispute with their professional advisers – these are unlike other commercial disputes as there is a huge imbalance in information between a client and their adviser and attempting to navigate these disputes without specialist advice can be a minefield.

Chris’ most recent work has had him take three major investment mis-selling cases to the High Court, Adams v Carey (decision awaited), Jackson v Leslie & Nuding and Worthing v Lloyds. Chris has successfully resolved far more cases before trial, deploying mediation and negotiation skills effectively and strategically.

Before specialising in professional negligence work Chris dealt with a broad range of commercial and civil cases from a defective yacht, to commercial landlord issues and mis-selling of foreign property. It was within this work that professional negligence cases, predominantly involving lawyers, became the focus of Chris’ work.

Chris has significant experience of travel accident cases involving issues of choice of law, choice of jurisdiction and the practicalities of successfully pursuing a foreign insurer or defendant and recovering compensation.

When training as a solicitor Chris undertook a range of personal injury work across a range of employer’s liability and public liability cases including highways, equipment hire and Health and Safety at Work cases. Chris is always keen to act in cases where he can make a genuine difference for injured claimants.

When he is not working, Chris can be found falling off a climbing wall or falling into the cold water around England overburdened with scuba gear.

Professional Negligence

Over the past 8 years Chris has dealt with professional negligence cases against various professionals.

Before the interest rate hedging product scandal broke, Chris was pursuing one of the first cases and pursued cases against some of the largest banks. Following this Chris has taken on many cases against financial professionals.

Chris is particularly proficient in cases against solicitors having worked as a solicitor for many years, he can efficiently advise on merits and options and the most effective route to redress.

Chris is a safe pair of hands for professional negligence cases at any stage and is always happy to discuss potential instructions.


Chris’s pragmatic approach focuses on achieving his client’s objectives. This approach enables more effective outcomes than a traditional drive towards a trial. Alternative dispute resolution strategies can often save time, costs and disruption to a commercial client and Chris is alive to the ability of such techniques to preserve and maintain commercial relationships.

As a forceful advocate Chris will not hesitate in pursuing interim remedies and pressing on to trial – when this is the best option.

Personal injury

Chris is always keen to act for injured individuals and make a genuine difference in their lives.

Having worked on cases where the claimant had life-changing injuries, Chris is sensitive to the issues that victims face and dogged in pursuing the compensation to achieve the best possible outcome for claimants.

Chris’ experience in travel injury cases includes assisting with the travel law issues in the case of Winrow v Hemphill in the High Court and he is able to address the technical issues of jurisdiction, choice of law and the complexities of the procedural issues raised by overseas parties.

Chris’ strong background as a personal injury solicitor brings both technical ability and the judgement developed by experience dealing with cases to assist solicitors in achieving the best outcome.

Privacy Notice

1.              This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).

2.              The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.

3.              I, Chris Hegarty, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend, through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

4.              It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

·   Advise on the prospects of litigation;

·   Advise on the value of your claim;

·   Representation at a court hearing;

·   Representation at trial;

·   Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5.              Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.              The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7.              If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8.              If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.              I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)                  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii)                Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii)               Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv)               Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v)                Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi)               Education and examining bodies; and

(vii)             Current, past or prospective employers.


Special Categories of Data


10.          In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11.          This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12.          I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13.          How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14.          Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i)                  The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii)                To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii)               For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv)               To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation.

Your Rights

17.          Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18.          Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19.          You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20.          You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21.          You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests.

22.          Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object.

23.          You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i)                  The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii)                You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii)               Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv)               The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v)                The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24.          You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25.          Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort.


26.          I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. The I.T. systems used by Clerksroom are ISO27001 compliant.

Complaints or Queries

27.          If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me:, or my clerks: mail@clerksroom telephone 01823 247 247.

28.          I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29.          You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

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