Chris is an experienced litigator specialising in group actions related to defective products
and services and breaches of consumer and competition law
He qualified in Australia in 2005 and worked there until 2009 specialising in industrial relations and employment law. His broad experience included providing strategic advice to Australian trade unions and advising in some of the significant industrial and employment disputes in Australia at the time. He moved to London in 2009 and initially worked in employment and discrimination law.
Since 2010, Chris has specialised in group litigation and class actions. He has taken a leading role in claims in relation to the drug thalidomide and the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products by banks to small businesses.
He is ranked as a leading lawyer in relation to product liability in the Chambers and partners 2016 guide, which described him as follows:
“Rising star Chris Haan draws high levels of praise from a variety of sources. He is particularly well regarded for his deep subject matter expertise, with interviewees highlighting his "incredibly high level of technical understanding. He really gets a grasp of it and assesses expert evidence in a comprehensive way."
Since joining Leigh Day, Chris’s cases have included:
- Claims for people born with birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide against the manufacturers of the drug;
- A class action on behalf of people who paid too much for a Pride brand mobility scooter as a result of Pride’s breaches of competition law.
- A group action on behalf of landlords against Foxtons estate agent for charging hidden fees and commissions to landlords without the landlord’s fully informed consent;
- A claim by 140 villagers in Sierra Leone who allege that the owner and operator of the Tonkolili iron ore mine are liable for human rights abuses committed by its employees and the police;
- The Friendly Fire case in which two British soldiers who were injured and the family of a soldier who died as a result of friendly fire in Iraq are claiming damages against the Ministry of Defence for negligence;
- The Bodo Community claim by 15,000 Nigerians against Shell for compensation and remediation of their land arising out of extensive oil spills in the Niger Delta.
Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Jurisprudence) from the University of Adelaide in 1999 and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and won several academic prizes. He was the joint Editor of the Melbourne Journal of International Law in 2001. He was admitted to practice in Victoria, Australia, in 2005 and in England and Wales in 2011.