Chris is a London based partner who specialises in marine insurance. He qualified in 1997.

Chris handles goods in transit work, policy disputes, insurance litigation and the drafting of commercial contracts. His goods in transit work includes both recoveries and liability work. He also specialises in warehouse claims, defending and pursuing claims in relation to damage and loss to cargo arising from theft, floods, fires and other such causes. Chris’s work regarding carriage of goods includes both claims and liability matters involving domestic and international carriage by road, rail, sea and air.

He has represented stevedores and freight and port terminals in regard to claims by cargo interests, equipment claims and general liability issues. Chris specialises in cargo and freight liability policies and has been responsible for drafting policies in this area for many leading insurers. He has recently been heavily involved in advising a number of carriers, cargo interests and freight organisations on losses and liabilities arising in relation to loss and damage to temperature sensitive cargoes. This includes the issue of fear of loss claims and issues arising from the access of containers by clandestine entrants. He has also been instructed by a number of major insurers to draft their marine cargo and marine liability insurance policies.

In addition, Chris drafts commercial contracts and has drafted the standard trading conditions of inter alia, NVOCs, shipping lines, freight forwarders, road hauliers, courier companies, warehouse keepers, container terminals and cargo owners. He has also been responsible for advising clients on, and the negotiation of, multi-million pound freight distribution agreements and similar supply chain agreements. Chris regularly drafts contracts for cargo interests including multinational car manufacturers, satellite and aircraft manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and electronics manufacturers. He has been consulted by trade groups with regard to the drafting of some of their commonly used forms.

Chris has been listed in Chambers and Partners as a leading lawyer in the logistics industry for many years. 

He is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, and holds a Master’s degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham.

Chris co-authored the marine chapter in the latest edition of Kennedys’ Claims Handling Law and Practice Guide which was published in February 2021.


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1997
Chris Chatfield is the top leading light in the logistics industry.

Market recognition

  • Recognised in Best Lawyers UK for ‘Insurance Law | Transport Law'
    Best Lawyers UK 2024
  • Notable practitioner (Band 1) for 'Transport: Logistics (UK-wide)'
    "Chris Chatfield is the top leading light in the logistics industry".
    Chambers UK 2023
  • Notable practitioner (Band 1) for 'Transport: Logistics (UK-wide)'
    "Christopher is extremely competent in a number of areas; however, he is particularly strong when it comes to contract reviews and the interpretation and application of associated legislation and conventions to real-world situations."
    "He has an ability to see outside of the box."
    Chambers UK 2022
  • Notable practitioner (Band 1) for 'Transport: Logistics (UK-wide)'
    "Chris is the leading guy in what he does. His strengths are his ability to deal with every type of person and ability to get the information across to you in a manner that is understandable." "He is an outstanding solicitor."
    Chambers UK 2021
  • “Very knowledgeable partner at Kennedy's with a very good team behind him and they are on several of the insurers’ panels in the market.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • “He is our go-to and has been for a number of years. He understands our business and our book very well. He doesn't just take instructions and will actually work with us and the areas we need to address.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • “It's his in-depth knowledge of the industry we work in and his ability to turn around advice really quickly.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • Notable practitioner (Band 1) for 'Transport (UK-wide)'
    "Christopher Chatfield is regarded as a leading expert for logistics sector claims, especially those involving international arbitration. One client considers him "the foremost, go-to lawyer in the UK when it comes to combined transit and freight forwarding claims." He is praised in particular by his clients for his "commercially astute, timely and efficient manner.""
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Notable practitioner (Band 1) for 'Transport (UK-wide)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Included in the The Best Lawyersin the United Kingdom 2019  for Transport Law (London)

Work highlights

  • Instructed to represent cargo and cargo liability insurers in a large warehouse fire concerning a cargo of animal feed which self-combusted, destroying the warehouse and closing the port. He successfully pursued a recovery and defended the liability claim.
  • Brinks v Igrox Ltd [2010] Represented the successful forwarder when seeking to recover their outlay arising from the theft of a consignment of silver from a port terminal by an employee of a fumigator employed by the port. The case raised issues concerning the vicarious liability of employers in cases of criminal acts by employees and was successfully pursued to the Court of Appeal.
  • Negotiated and drafted freight forwarding contracts for both forwarders and cargo owners. This has included contracts concerning the movement of pharmaceuticals, satellites and high end electronics. Chris has also negotiated and drafted contracts for specific projects including the logistics for gas and oil plants.