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Crispin advises and represents clients in a full range of civil and commercial disputes. He accepts instructions in chancery, civil and commercial law and has particular expertise in insolvency work. He appears regularly in courts and tribunals at both County Court and High Court level and can provide second, independent opinions where litigation at first instances has gone wrong.

Before qualifying as a barrister, Crispin practised as a certified accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and qualified as a licensed insolvency practitioner. This wide-ranging commercial background is reflected in the cases Crispin undertakes, which include company-based litigation, directors' duties and disqualifications, partnership disputes, insolvency issues, contractual and insurer disputes. He is fully familiar with consumer and consumer credit litigation and cases involving remedies under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. A number of the former have involve disputes as to the purchase and maintenance of cars as well as negligence arising from car accidents.

Crispin is always sensitive to commercial context and is valued for his ability to risk-assess each stage of litigation and to explain the full range of options at each stage of litigation or anticipated litigation. Crispin's clients value his cost-effective, commercially aware approach to client care.

As well as his general commercial caseload, Crispin has developed a niche practice in the area of child support disputes. He has acted in over 750 cases involving the Child Support Agency (CSA) and Child Maintenance Service (CMS). Whilst usually instructed by the CSA/CMS Crispin has also acted very effectively for individuals being pursued by the CSA/CMS and has even been able to obtain substantial refunds from, and costs awards against, the CSA/CMS.

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