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Christopher Poole

Joint Head of Chambers - Call 1996

Practice Profile

An experienced practitioner specialising in public law children work. He frequently represents local authorities in the most serious cases of alleged abuse.”

“He is extremely capable and has a lovely manner with clients and solicitors. He really relates to the case and takes the detail on board. A pleasure to work with, he has the client’s interests at heart and acts really well on their behalf.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

Chris completed his pupillage at New Court and has been a member of Chambers since. In 2015 Chris became Joint Head of Chambers alongside Giles Bain.

Chris receives instructions mainly in public law children work, often, but not exclusively, from Local Authorities and Guardians.

Chris works in all levels of court, from the FPC through to the Court of Appeal. His work has ranged from Children Act proceedings through to adoption, wardship, emergency inherent jurisdiction matters and Judicial Review. Having gained a wide experience, Chris has a particular interest in cases involving serious findings of physical and/or other abuse.

Chris is a Pupil Supervisor and a member of Chambers’ Pupillage Committee.

Chris is also interested in wider education matters. He is a trained advocacy trainer and sits on the University Liaison Committee at Lincoln’s Inn. Chris delivers seminary and training in Chambers and to groups of social workers and social work university students.

Outside work Chris particularly enjoys a day at a test match or a day at Anfield. Chris remains an optimistic Liverpool FC fan.


LL.B (Hons) English & European Law

Queen Mary, University of London

Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn

Professional Memberships



Some German and Flemish

Reported Cases

Re B (Care Proceedings; Diplomatic Immunity) [2003] 1 FLR 241

Murray v Robinson (CA) [2006]1 FLR 365

Re J & O (Care Proceedings; expert witness) September [2007] Fam Law 866