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"I have nothing but praise for Chris," enthuses one client, who continues: "He has an excellent manner and keeps me well informed of progress and always responds to the many questions I have in a timely fashion." very committed to doing the best for his clients." – Chambers and partners 2017
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. – Chamber and partners 2016
Chris is a leading practitioner specialising in class actions and complex, multi-party litigation for claimants, including in relation to:
 
 
He is ranked as a leading lawyer in relation to product liability in the Chambers and Partners 2016- 2019 guides:
 
“Associate Chris Haan continues to develop a highly regarded products liability specialism and is regularly engaged in defective consumer goods class actions. One commentator describes him as "an absolute genius and a very good lawyer." – Chambers & Partners UK 2019.
 
“"I have nothing but praise for Chris," enthuses one client, who continues: "He has an excellent manner and keeps me well informed of progress and always responds to the many questions I have in a timely fashion." very committed to doing the best for his clients."”– Chambers & Partners UK 2017
 
“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." – Chambers & Partners UK 2016.
 
Chris’s current and past cases include:
 
  • The Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation, which is the largest group litigation to go through the English courts with almost 100,000 claimants. Leigh Day was appointed by the court as the joint lead solicitors on behalf of the claimants.
  • Group claim on behalf of flat-owners seeking damages in relation to the Grenfell fire-type flammable cladding and other fire safety defects in the buildings at the development called New Capital Quay in Greenwich, London, from the developers. 
  • The first opt-out class action in UK history, which was brought on behalf of consumers who paid too much for a Pride mobility scooter as a result of Pride’s breaches of competition law.
  • Group action on behalf of property investors against an international property investment company claiming damages for fraud.
  • Group action for people born with major birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide against the manufacturers of the drug.
  • Claims by small and medium-sized businesses against banks in respect of the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.
  • Group action on behalf of landlords against the estate agent Foxtons for charging hidden fees and commissions without the landlord’s fully informed consent.
  • Group action on behalf of 140 people in Sierra Leone alleging that the owner and operator of the Tonkolili iron ore mine are liable for human rights abuses committed by its employees and the police.
  • Group action on behalf of 15,000 Nigerians in the village of Bodo 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. He qualified in Australia and worked there specialising in industrial relations and employment law until 2009 before moving to London and specialising in group actions and class actions in England and Wales.

Accreditations

  • Chambers and partners guide to the legal profession

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