Christopher Poole

Christopher Poole

Joint Head of ChambersCall 1996

Christopher (‘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 work, often, but not exclusively, from Local Authorities and Guardians.

Chris’s work includes Children Act proceedings, adoption, wardship and inherent jurisdiction matters.  Chris has a particular interest in cases involving findings of serious physical and/or other abuse.

Chris is an advocacy trainer at his Inn, pupil supervisor and delivers seminars to solicitors and social workers.

Chris has undertaken a number of independent case reviews for Local Authorities.

Outside court, Chris enjoys a day at Lords or at Anfield and 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


Y (Children) (Radicalisation: Interim Removal)[2016] EWHC 3827 (Fam)

Y (Children) (Findings of Fact as to Radicalisation) (Pt.1) [2016] EWHC 3826 (Fam)

Y (Children) (Findings of Fact as to Radicalisation) (Pt.2)[2016] EWHC 3825 (Fam)


Honour-based violence

Re S (Findings of Fact; Honour Based Violence)[2013] EWHC 15 (Fam), [2013] All ER (D) 187 (Jan)


Complex care proceedings

A County Council -v- A mother and others[2011] EWHC 402 (Fam), [2011] All ER (D) 33 (Jun)

Re H (A Child) [2014] EWHC 970 (Fam), [2014] All ER (D) 252 (Nov)

Westminster City Council -v- M and others[2017] EWHC 518 (Fam), [2017] All ER (D) 176 (Mar)


Publicity and care proceedings

Westminster City Council -v- M, F, and H and Associated Newspapers Ltd[2017] EWHC 1221 (Fam)



M (Children – Care Proceedings: Passport Order)[2017] EWCA Civ 69, [2017] 4 WLR 41


Costs (arising from care proceedings)

Kent County Council -v- A Mother, F and X, Y and Z (Intervener) (Costs in Care Proceedings) [2011] EWHC 1267 (Fam), [2011] All ER (D) 95 (Jun)


International jurisdiction / Article 15 / Brussels II Revised / Diplomatic Immunity

X London Borough -v- C and others [2014] EWHC 2472 (Fam), [2014] All ER (D) 42 (Nov)

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

“His written work is excellent and his experience shines through in the way he presents cases to the court. Judges feel they can trust what he’s saying and that the case is being presented fairly and accurately. He’s always a calm but  robust advocate when appearing on behalf of his client.”

“He’s a good advocate who pays good attention to detail.”

“An extremely able barrister who is also very approachable.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

“His flair and deliverance when presenting a case in court is unrivalled.”

Legal 500 2024

“He’s easy to work with, confident, caring and thorough.”

“Christopher Poole always delivers a fantastic service and is a pleasure to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

Handles the whole spectrum of children-related issues, from non-accidental injury to abuse, medical treatment and forced marriage cases. Christopher is joint head of chambers and is commended for his work on behalf of local authorities in serious matters. In addition, he has handled matters concerning sensitive cultural and religious differences.

“An experienced advocate who is able to think on his feet and who works in partnership with his clients. He pays great attention to detail.”

“His preparation is great and his cross-examination is precise and to the point.”

“Christopher makes complex issues straightforward and is readily available to discuss matters where necessary.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

‘Christopher’s strengths are excellent client care, thorough preparation and first-rate judgement. His case load is made up of back-to-back complex public law children cases.’

Legal 500 2022

Handles the whole spectrum of children-related issues, from fabricated illness to abuse and neglect cases. He acts as co-head of chambers and is commended for his work on behalf of local authorities in serious matters. In addition, Poole has handled matters concerning sensitive cultural and religious differences.

“A strong advocate who is calm and persuasive when dealing with highly charged situations.”

“A very able family practitioner who can turn his hand to anything.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Is a match for silks in other chambers.”

Legal 500  2021

“An expert in everything that he does and an absolute pleasure to work with, he is extremely knowledgeable and highly personable. He deals with the most complex cases and he consistently delivers.”

“A confident and relaxed advocate who is instructed in some of the biggest, heaviest cases in London involving serious sexual abuse and significant injuries to children, he is liked and respected by the judiciary.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Christopher Poole handles the whole spectrum of children-related issues, from international adoption to abuse and neglect cases. He acts as co-head of chambers and is commended for his work on behalf of guardians and local authorities in serious matters. In addition, Poole has handled numerous independent case reviews into the local authority handling of care cases.”

“Chris is very good on his feet, and an excellent cross-examiner.”

Chambers & Partners 2019




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Client data

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  • Address;
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  • Pupil or mini pupil, under my training;
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I store my case files on Dropbox which is a cloud hosted environment based in the US.

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Retention of data

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My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
  • I am legally required to; or
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Data Protection Policy available on request.