Chris practises in all areas of public and human rights law and is ranked as a leading junior in those fields. Chambers & Partners 2014 describe him as: “incredibly bright and a very measured advocate”, “knows what he’s doing inside out. His drafting is excellent and he’s very good on his feet”, “a very effective advocate. He takes the best points and can hold the interest of a court” and “very sharp, intelligent, versatile and determined”. Chris is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel.
The bulk of his practice is judicial review and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998. He has experience of a wide range of subject matters, including community care, false imprisonment, mental health and mental capacity, health care, education, children’s services, housing and homelessness, planning and environmental challenges, equality duties, social welfare and immigration and asylum. For example, he recently acted in test cases on the detention of victims of torture, criminal injuries compensation, police misconduct proceedings, direct social care payments , the treatment of dangerous prisoners, safeguarding victims of human trafficking, and the best interests of child asylum seekers.
Chris accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.
Recommended junior in Administrative & Public Law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Community Care and Court of Protection: “building a sterling public law practice” and “he is an exceptionally good junior who is committed, hard-working and innovative” (2011), “a good lateral thinker who is able to think outside the box” (2012), “very innovative in his arguments- he has always got you on the go, and he is very good at finding interesting points. I think he’s destined for the top and will move up very quickly indeed”; “enters the rankings following glowing reviews for his dynamic claimant practice … instructing solicitor said of him: ‘I would stake my reputation on the fact that he is destined for the top’”; “gives absolutely everything to cases and has commitment and drive”; “really going places” and “destined for the top” (2013), “incredibly bright and a very measured advocate”, ” intelligent, versatile and determined”, “a very effective advocate. He takes the best points and can hold the interest of a court”, “very sharp,intelligent, versatile and determined”, “knows what he’s doing inside out. His drafting is excellent and he’s very good on his feet”, “an all rounder who is respected by the Official Solicitor for his Court of Protection work. He brings a fresh and incisive mind to this area” (2014).