‘Crispin is always thorough and reflective in his approach to cases. He treats clients and other professionals alike with respect and instils a sense of confidence and safety. Unlike many of his fellow counsel, Crispin listens to the views of both lay and professional clients and has the maturity and humility to take these into account when formulating his advice and submissions.’ - The Legal 500 2021
"He's highly experienced and takes a very pragmatic approach to cases." "He is an extremely knowledgeable and eminently sensible barrister who, time and again, will impress clients by getting the outcome that he's advised is appropriate." "He is very calm, assured, assertive and good at managing clients." - Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2021
Called to the Bar 1990.
Crispin concentrates on difficult financial cases arising from divorce, separation of cohabiting partners and civil partners. He is sought after where there are complex or novel legal and evidential issues, for example involving conduct, and in cases with jurisdictional and international implications. He also welcomes instructions as a Family Arbitrator: IFLA, CiArb Arbitratrator, Financial and Children Schemes and instructions to chair Private FDRs”
He has a very strong background in dealing with intractable residence and contact disputes and acting for the local authority and children in difficult and controversial public law cases. He has a reputation for being undaunted by a difficult or unpopular brief.
In 2015 he represented the claimant in the first ever successful application brought for a Declaration of Presumed Death under the Presumption of Death Act 2013.
Member of Family Law Bar Association, Resolution, Collaborative Lawyer, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member of the Medico-Legal Society.
Married. Three grown up children.
Interests are family, family holidays, competitive cycling, supporting the children in sports and hobbies, church, charity fund raising, history, comparative religion (notably Christianity, Judaism and Islam), red wine and whisky.
- M v M (Contempt: Committal)  1 FLR 762: Successfully established important principals in contempt of court proceedings where there is a parallel criminal case.
- Re Y (Evidence of Abuse: Use of Photographs)  1 FLR 855: For the children. Established principals for obtaining and applying evidence from colposcopy.
- Re CC (Adoption Application: Separated Applicants)  EWHC 4815. Moylan J: For Local Authority. Child subject to care proceedings and placed for adoption and prospective adopters then separate and divorce before adoption order is made. Concluded.
- Re GK [on the application of ZLJ]  A03NE032: First successful application ever brought under the Presumption of Death Act 2013. For the Claimant.
- G v G : Matrimonial Finance case involving mixed investment, property, business and pensions assets in Switzerland, Spain, China, Dubai, Azerbaijan and UK. Net worth £2 million.
- GT v T : Matrimonial Finance case where the assets were spread across UK and Jamaica. Complex issues of valuation of a premium property/business including production company. Complex issues of enforcement of orders overseas.
- S v S  : Financial Order application. Long marriage, resulting in a mix of business, property, and foreign property assets, and a mixture of income streams. Valuable tax implications arising from the sale of properties, and business assets, in the EU, complicated by Brexit and the implications on reciprocal tax regulations. The case was eventually concluded by means of arbitration under the IFLA financial scheme, during the Covid 19 restrictions. Net worth: £6.4 million.
- L v L : Financial Order Application. Parties in late 60s. Mixed field of assets, including rental properties, a family business, and several very valuable small self-administered pensions comprised of mixed asset portfolios. The business valuations slewed because of Covid. But the underlying complexity is in the small self-administered pensions, which comprise half the family wealth, and have third party interests involved. Net worth: £6.87 million.
- S v S : Financial Order Application. Very long marriage. Farming case. The land subject to purchase for development as a housing estate, and considerable road alterations. Net worth: £20 million.
- D v N : Issues include dispute as to matrimonial/non-matrimonial property, how to treat the parties` retirement funds in the form of mixed assets to be drawn down partly as interest and partly as amortised capital, valuation of “non-standard” assets- recording studio, music back catalogue, publishing and royalties rights.Net worth: £3 Million.
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2021
“He’s highly experienced and takes a very pragmatic approach to cases.” “He is an extremely knowledgeable and eminently sensible barrister who, time and again, will impress clients by getting the outcome that he’s advised is appropriate.” “He is very calm, assured, assertive and good at managing clients.”
The Legal 500 2021
‘Crispin is always thorough and reflective in his approach to cases. He treats clients and other professionals alike with respect and instils a sense of confidence and safety. Unlike many of his fellow counsel, Crispin listens to the views of both lay and professional clients and has the maturity and humility to take these into account when formulating his advice and submissions.’
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2020
“He provides very good-quality advice and is easy to work with.” “He’s very empathetic with clients, listens to them and understands what they want. He is also good in court and the judges listen.”
The Legal 500 2020
He has a great bedside manner with clients.’
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019
“A skilled advocate who is very good in the courtroom and in negotiations. He is also very approachable for clients.” “Extremely thorough and conscientious.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
“He is well prepared, thoughtful and has a wonderful client manner.”
“He is excellent. He pays keen attention to detail and is very strong on finance work particularly. His technical knowledge is very good and he is very good in court in terms of cross-examination. Clients like him.”
The Legal 500 2017
“Very experienced in financial cases arising from divorce and separation.”
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2017
“Very experienced, he picks things up quickly and is good at getting into the subtleties of the case.” “In a complicated case, he knew which areas to focus on and was very easy to work with. We were so glad to have him on board.”
The Legal 500 2016
“He has great attention to detail and is able to come up with creative solutions.”
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2016
“He is a really seasoned performer with excellent court craft.”
The Legal 500 2015
“He has a particular strength in understanding small, family-run businesses.”
- North Eastern Circuit
- Family Law Bar Association
- Collaborative law
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Inquest Lawyers Group
- Coroners’ Society of England and Wales
- Northern Coroners’ Society
- Medico-Legal Society