Christopher Coffin


Christopher is a consultant in the litigation and arbitration team.

He is a commercial litigator with 30 years’ experience of major and complex cases. He advises on commercial disputes ranging from derivatives disputes, loan recoveries, asset tracing and fraud to contentious insolvency. He has acted for many family offices, major international companies backed by high net worth individuals and private capital, banks and financial services organisations. Chris specialises in handling disputes relating to Ukraine and the CIS

He is a regular speaker at conferences in Moscow, St Petersburg, Baku, Almaty, Kiev and Yekaterinburg.

He has acted for and against many international banks, high net worth individuals, insurance companies and members of the legal profession including High Court judges.


By instructing Withers to represent me in a difficult dispute I knew I was working with a different calibre of law firm, and there was no doubt in my mind that, thanks to the tireless work of Chris Coffin and Steph Balsys, we kept up the pressure and had the upper hand over the other side.  Chris and Steph understood from the start how the case would conclude and were accessible at any time to answer questions. More importantly, they were a calming and reassuring team who helped me maintain my morale through difficult times.

George Ponsonby, Farmer

The ‘proactive’ Christopher Coffin is ‘very experienced’ and garners ‘tremendous respect’.

Chambers UK 2018, London

Christopher Coffin ‘leaves no stone unturned – he constantly probes arguments from different angles to identify their strengths and weaknesses’ He is also ‘a good person to have on high-profile, high-value cases which require a calm head and a willingness to take on the opposition’.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

Christopher Coffin has excellent client-facing skills, is extremely bright and able, and is commercially savvy.

Legal 500 UK, 2018

Christopher Coffin is very experienced and an exceptionally good strategic decision-maker who gives well-considered and sound advice.

Legal 500 UK, 2020






Representing the largest litigation funders of the Excalibur case in subsequent proceedings relating to their liability to the successful defendants and their subsequent claim against their former advisers.

Representing the sellers of a substantial stake in a publicly listed CIS natural resources company in defence of a fraud claim by the purchasers, which included complex issues of disclosure pursuant to freezing orders and search and seizure relief obtained by the claimants.

Representing a CIS client in long running High Court litigation concerning alleged loans and conspiracy.

British Virgin Islands, 2012

England and Wales, 1980

Speaker at English Law Week in Moscow in November 2015

Speaker at the ABA conference on Dispute Resolution in Moscow in September 2015

Speaker at the 7th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Yerevan, the 8th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Kiev, and the 9th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Vienna

Board member of the Committee of the British Azerbaijani Law Association

Committee member of the British Kazakh Law Association

Russian and CIS Arbitration Network

London Court of International Arbitration

British Russian Law Association

British Italian Law Association

English Law Week in Moscow - November 2015

ABA conference on Dispute Resolution in Moscow - September 2015

The 7th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Yerevan

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Good dispute resolution lawyers come in all shapes and sizes and attract a range of personality types from the chess playing strategists to the disputes equivalent of bare knuckle fighters

Good dispute resolution lawyers come in all shapes and sizes and attract a range of personality types from the chess playing strategists to the disputes equivalent of bare knuckle fighters! The best combine the best bits of all types and I hope I have some of all. I like both resolving disputes and winning them; it is what the client needs that decides the approach. No two disputes are ever the same; there is the human element and the random, as well as the law and the knowledge of the client’s business which we need to have.

I have two main focuses in the type of work I do. One is representing clients from Russia and the CIS, and from Ukraine, in any kind of dispute involving English law or England as a jurisdiction; I love that part of the world and its people and am a frequent visitor there. My wife does Russian translation work and I am learning. My other focus is representing clients with claims against professionals, but not barristers. I do not act against barristers because I look after them when they are sued; so far I have acted for 160 barristers over 20 years.



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