Before coming to Matrix in 2009, Christopher served as a Referendaire (Legal Secretary) to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), where he assisted the Tribunal panels in the management and resolution of cases. Whilst at the CAT, he gained in-depth experience into the competition law enforcement regime in the UK and handled numerous appeals. He then became the sole competition practitioner at the law firm Farrer & Co LLP, where he advised clients across the firm.
Christopher was shortlisted for Competition Junior of the Year by The 2016 Chambers UK Bar Awards.
Christopher was called to the Bar of Ireland on 4 October 2018.
Recent and ongoing competition law and regulatory matters on which Christopher has acted include:
In terms of EU law, Christopher appeared (with Aidan O’Neill QC) in the Supreme Court in McGeogh v Lord President of the Council (compatibility of restrictions on prisoner voting rights with EU law) and in Shindler and MacLennan v Duchy of Lancaster and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs  EWCA Civ 469 (challenge on EU free movement and citizenship grounds to the exclusion from the EU Referendum franchise of British nationals who have resided in other EU Member States for 15 years or more); (with Rhodri Thompson QC and Nicholas Gibson) in R (Sky Blue Sports & Leisure and Others) v Coventry City Council (State aid challenge to the decision of Coventry City Council to lend £14.4m to Arena Coventry Limited, operator of the “Ricoh Arena”); and (with Rhodri Thompson QC) in the Court of Appeal in R (Chandler) v Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (challenge on EU public procurement grounds to the procurement of Academies). Christopher has in addition advised on numerous free movement and procurement law issues.
Christopher’s sports law experience includes acting for sports governing bodies in relation to challenges made to selection decisions and advising bodies on regulatory issues. He also recently appeared before an FA Appeal Panel on behalf of an organiser of junior football leagues in its (successful) appeal against a decision of a regional FA removing its sanction of the leagues.
General contract law; arbitration; general commercial law.
All aspects, including human rights. Cases include R (Gallastegui) v Westminster City Council (Div Ct) (challenge to law banning tents and other structures in Parliament Square: compatibility with Articles 10 and 11 ECHR).
Co-editor with Ros Kellaway and Rhodri Thompson QC, UK Competition Law: The New Framework (OUP, 2015)
Contributor to Bellamy and Child’s European Union law of Competition (Bailey and John, eds) (8th ed, OUP, 2018)
Co-author, Gray et al, EU Competition Law: procedure and Remedies (OUP)
Co-author, Blackstone’s Guide to the Human Rights Act 19998 (6th ed, OUP, 2011)
Articles for a number of journals, including the Common Market Law Review, European Competition Law Review and Competition Law Journal
Consultant editor, Competition Law Journal (2015-2017; co-editor 2004-2015)
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 2001-2002
LLM in European Legal Studies, College of Europe, 200-2001 (mention très bien)
LLB in Law with German Law, King’s College London and University of Passau, 1995-1999 (1st class)
Queen Mother Scholar of the Middle Temple, 2001
Bar European Group
Competition Law Association
UK Association for European Law
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