Chris Walls - Consultant
Chris studied at Queen’s University, Belfast and graduated with honours. He served his apprenticeship with Francis J Irvine & Co. solicitors which was a highly regarded defence insurance firm in Belfast. He rose through the ranks becoming senior partner in 1987.
Francis J Irvine merged with Carson McDowell on 1st October 2018 at which stage Chris and his colleague Aidan Murray joined our expanding defence insurance litigation team. The merger has resulted in Carson McDowell inheriting two very experienced and highly regarded litigators in Chris and his colleague Aidan Murray. It has also enhanced the firm’s presence in the local insurance market.
Chris has brought to the firm a long established pedigree in the field of defence litigation. He has considerable experience acting for several local and overseas insurers in a diverse range of personal injury and commercial claims. His special interest is in advising insurers on Policy and Indemnity issues.
He has had a number of cases in the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal and has conducted one action in the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court). Most recently he acted for the Defendant in a landmark High Court case involving a pedestrian injured in a road traffic accident. In this case the judge reduced the Plaintiff’s damages by 60% for contributory negligence. This was an unprecedented decision in a motor case in our jurisdiction.