Christopher joined Chambers in October 2014 upon successful completion of pupillage. He has already obtained a reputation for dynamic and tenacious advocacy and has developed a very busy common law practice. Christopher accepts instructions is all areas of Chambers practice with particular emphasis on the following areas:
Christopher has a particular interest in commercial disputes and chancery law. Appearing regularly in both the High Court and the County his reputation as a rising star is well established. Highly valued by Solicitors and their commercial clients as a safe pair of hands, Christopher’s common sense approach and commercial acumen resonate well with business clients who trust him with their disputes.
Recent cases include:
- Lewis v Kohler: acting for a defendant in a commercial claim valued in excess of £1.5m
- PTC Sports Franchising Ltd v Falcon Sportz Limited (High Court): applicant seeking injunctive relief
Company, Partnership and Insolvency
Christopher has experience in both corporate and personal insolvency, covering every stage of the insolvency process; including contested petitions and administration applications. Again his reputation for common sense and commerciality impresses clients.
Landlord and Tenant
Christopher represents landlords and tenants in litigation arising out of leases, licences and tenancy agreements. With a particular interest in commercial property including enfranchisement, service charge disputes, dilapidations and business tenancy renewals Christopher also has experience in dealing with social housing issues, possession claims, anti-social behaviour allegations and applications for injunctive relief.
Christopher covers all aspects of real property litigation, including boundary disputes, easements, covenants, disputes concerning beneficial ownership, rectification, mortgages/ charges.
Contentious Probate and Inheritance
Christopher is frequently instructed to advise and represent beneficiaries and personal representatives in contentious probate matters and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Christopher prosecutes and defends in the Youth Court, Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court. His expertise covers a spectrum of criminal offences including fraud, violent crime and sexual offences. Christopher also acts on behalf of local authorities, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Security Industry Authority (SIA), Trading Standards (TS) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). He has appeared successfully in the Court of Appeal.
Recent cases include:
- R v McMeekin (CA): appeal sentence; sentence reduced by 16 months
- R v Lowery: witness intimidation; affray; possession of offensive weapons
- R v Davey: female youth charged with sexual offences against a child under the age of 13, namely 5
- R v Williamson: assault of a child aged 3 by parent; expert evidence given by two consultant paediatricians
- R v Payne: sexual assault
- R v Thompson-Raw: causing or inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity
Christopher appears regularly in the Family Proceedings Court (FPC) and County Court in both public and private law matters. He also represents applicants and respondents at all stages of financial remedy proceedings.
Recent cases include:
- Hillingdon London Borough Council v Campbell: two-week final hearing in the Central Family Court; six subject children
- The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
- North Eastern Circuit
- Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) University of Northumbria (Outstanding)
- LLB (Hons) University of Newcastle upon Tyne (Upper Second Class)
- Rathmore Grammar School (R.G.S.)
Scholarships, Awards and Prizes
- Louise Godfrey QC Memorial Moot (Finalist)
- Certificate of Honour (Middle Temple)
- Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize (Middle Temple)
- Dean’s Scholarship (Northumbria University)
- Mère St Jean Cup
- Père Galihac Cup
Before coming to the Bar, Christopher assisted various pro bono initiatives (Law Centre NI, Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), NSPCC Young Witness Service and Victim Support NI). Working with The PILS (Public Interest Litigation Support) Project he authored a policy paper entitled “Pro Bono Costs Orders in Northern Ireland: A Vision for the Future” a document currently being considered by the Stormont Assembly.