Joint Head of Chambers - Call 1996
“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
Some German and Flemish
Re B (Care Proceedings; Diplomatic Immunity)  1 FLR 241
Murray v Robinson (CA) 1 FLR 365
Re J & O (Care Proceedings; expert witness) September  Fam Law 866