Christopher Sharp QC


Christopher Sharp

Call 1975 (Inner Temple) QC 1999
Qualifications MA (Oxon), Visiting Fellow, University of the West of England, Bristol Professional Memberships Member of the Personal Injury Bar Association, Member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, Member of the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), Founder Chairman of the Bristol FLBA, Member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, Elected a Bencher of the Inner Temple in July 2016.
Judicial Office Recorder 2004, Deputy Judge of the High Court

Expertise


Christopher is acknowledged by Chambers UK as one of only 4 star Silks in Family Law in the country and the only one outside London. He has been a Family Law specialist for many years and has extensive experience in:

  • High value ancillary relief cases especially on the Western Circuit, the Midlands and London.
  • Both private and public law children’s cases, instructed by parents, children’s guardian, local authorities and the Official Solicitor including cases involving catastrophic injuries and death of young children, as well as sexual and other abuse.
  • Compensation claims for sexual and physical abuse both in the courts and for Criminal Compensation.
  • Professional negligence claims arising, in particular, from ancillary relief cases.
  • With many reported cases, Christopher is frequently instructed on appeals to the Court of Appeal.

A visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England, Christopher regularly contributes articles to the professional press and lectures on subjects related to matrimonial finance.

Recommendations

  • “Christopher frequently acts on the circuit’s most important cases. ‘He remains peerless when it comes to handling complex cases.’ ‘He is incisive, clear and always has every detail at his fingertips. He is a strong advocate with weight and authority.’ ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)
  • “Christopher is highly respected for his expertise in multi-disciplinary ancillary relief cases and serious care proceedings. He demonstrates particular expertise in the personal injury field, which he successfully utilises in family law cases involving serious injuries or infant death. ‘He is incisive and clear, and always has every detail at his fingertips. He is a strong advocate with weight and authority.’ ‘He is hard-working and consistently excellent.’ ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2015)
  • “Christopher is meticulous and always fully prepared.” Legal 500, Family (2015)
  • “Christopher continues to be recognised as one of the leading family law practitioners on the circuit. ‘He is incisive, clear and always has every detail at his fingertips. Christopher is a strong advocate with weight and authority.’ ”  Chambers UK, Family (2014)

One of the leading Personal Injury Silks, his practice encompasses both claimant and defendant work, and he is instructed in all areas of personal injury and clinical negligence.

The majority of his work involves multi-million pound catastrophic injury cases that very often contain complex medical causation and long-term care plan issues. He is experienced in negotiating solutions to funding problems involving indemnities or other facilitative outcomes.

As a result of his known expertise in family law, he is also instructed in personal injury and clinical negligence cases where an ensuing divorce will lead to complicated arguments over the distribution of damages awards in which consequential issues arise over care packages.

Christopher has wide experience of the appellate courts not only in the Court of Appeal but also the House of Lords, with numerous reported decisions

Christopher is known to be terrifically hard working; he has a reputation for being able to provide swift responses to requests for advice where the papers are voluminous and the timescales are short. As a result, he is regularly brought in at short notice to advise in consultation and to take part in roundtable discussions at critical junctures in large cases. He is also well-known for being an astute tactician and a skilled cross-examiner in court.

Although a senior Silk, he is always accessible to his instructing solicitors and sees his role very much as being a part of a team rather than operating in splendid isolation.

He is happy to work all over the country.

Christopher is one of the leading Personal Injury Silks, and  is instructed in all areas of personal injury and clinical negligence. He  focuses on catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, complex medical causation issues and procedural matters at appellate level. Christopher has extensive experience in catastrophic loss cases where the client has lost capacity, and having to deal with the consequences.

Christopher is acknowledged by Chambers UK as one of only 4 star Silks in Family Law in the country and the only one outside London. He has been a Family Law specialist for many years and has extensive experience in:

  • High value ancillary relief cases especially on the Western Circuit, the Midlands and London.
  • Both private and public law children’s cases, instructed by parents, children’s guardian, local authorities and the Official Solicitor including cases involving catastrophic injuries and death of young children, as well as sexual and other abuse.
  • Compensation claims for sexual and physical abuse both in the courts and for Criminal Compensation.
  • Professional negligence claims arising, in particular, from ancillary relief cases.
  • With many reported cases, Christopher is frequently instructed on appeals to the Court of Appeal.

A visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England, Christopher regularly contributes articles to the professional press and lectures on subjects related to matrimonial finance.

Recommendations

  • “Christopher frequently acts on the circuit’s most important cases. ‘He remains peerless when it comes to handling complex cases.’ ‘He is incisive, clear and always has every detail at his fingertips. He is a strong advocate with weight and authority.’ ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)
  • “Christopher is highly respected for his expertise in multi-disciplinary ancillary relief cases and serious care proceedings. He demonstrates particular expertise in the personal injury field, which he successfully utilises in family law cases involving serious injuries or infant death. ‘He is incisive and clear, and always has every detail at his fingertips. He is a strong advocate with weight and authority.’ ‘He is hard-working and consistently excellent.’ ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2015)
  • “Christopher is meticulous and always fully prepared.” Legal 500, Family (2015)
  • “Christopher continues to be recognised as one of the leading family law practitioners on the circuit. ‘He is incisive, clear and always has every detail at his fingertips. Christopher is a strong advocate with weight and authority.’ ”  Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2014)

One of the leading Personal Injury Silks, his practice encompasses both claimant and defendant work, and he is instructed in all areas of personal injury and clinical negligence.

The majority of his work involves multi-million pound catastrophic injury cases that very often contain complex medical causation and long-term care plan issues. He is experienced in negotiating solutions to funding problems involving indemnities or other facilitative outcomes.

As a result of his known expertise in family law, he is also instructed in personal injury and clinical negligence cases where an ensuing divorce will lead to complicated arguments over the distribution of damages awards in which consequential issues arise over care packages.

Christopher has wide experience of the appellate courts not only in the Court of Appeal but also the House of Lords, with numerous reported decisions

Christopher is known to be terrifically hard working; he has a reputation for being able to provide swift responses to requests for advice where the papers are voluminous and the timescales are short. As a result, he is regularly brought in at short notice to advise in consultation and to take part in roundtable discussions at critical junctures in large cases. He is also well-known for being an astute tactician and a skilled cross-examiner in court.

Although a senior Silk, he is always accessible to his instructing solicitors and sees his role very much as being a part of a team rather than operating in splendid isolation.

He is happy to work all over the country.

Recommendations

  • “Christopher’s depth of knowledge and attention to detail elicits praise from instructing solicitors. ‘He’s got tremendous intellect and he’s a very capable advocate. He’s extremely good at cross-examining experts which is one of the most difficult areas for a barrister. He really has a sound grasp of the issues and gives good, solid, dependable advice.’ ” Chambers UK, Personal Injury (2016)
  • “Christopher handles high-value personal injury claims on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He is instructed on a wide range of cases, including catastrophic brain injuries and fatalities. ‘He is incredibly clever, works extremely hard, and gets all the minute detail of the case exactly right. He’s also pretty good with clients and a good advocate.’ ” Chambers UK, Personal Injury (2015)
  • “Christopher has a real talent for detailed examination of evidence.” Legal 500, Personal Injury (2015)
  • “Christopher has particular expertise in catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims. He is praised in particular for his forceful advocacy. ‘He works incredibly hard and he takes thoroughness to a whole new level.’ ‘He’s one of the cleverest people I know. He’s extremely knowledgeable, and he’s an excellent advocate – if you’ve got a difficult case you know you can send it to him.’ ” Chambers UK, Personal Injury (2014)

Christopher is ranked by Chambers UK as the only star individual in Family Law on the Western Circuit. He has been a Family Law specialist for many years and has extensive experience in:

  • High value ancillary relief cases especially on the Western Circuit, the Midlands andLondon.
  • Both private and public law children’s cases, instructed by parents, children’s guardian, local authorities and the Official Solicitor including cases involving catastrophic      injuries and death of young children, as well as sexual and other abuse.
  • Compensation claims for sexual and physical abuse both in the courts and for Criminal Compensation.
  • Professional negligence claims arising, in particular, from ancillary relief cases.
  • With many reported cases, Christopher is frequently instructed on appeals to the Court of Appeal.

A visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England, Christopher regularly contributes articles to the professional press and lectures on subjects related to matrimonial finance.

Practice Overview

One of the leading Personal Injury Silks, Christopher’s practice encompasses both claimant and defendant work, and he is instructed in all areas of personal injury and clinical negligence. It is focused on catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, complex medical causation issues and procedural matters at appellate level. He has extensive experience in the Court of Appeal as well as of conducting cases before the House of Lords. He represents both claimants and defendants and is listed in Chambers UK as ‘excelling in catastrophic injury and complex medical causation issues’.

Christopher is also acknowledged by Chambers UK as one of only 5 star Silks in Family Law in the country and the only one outside London. He has been a Family Law specialist for many years and has extensive experience in high-value financial remedy, ToLATA and Schedule 1 cases, including those with a foreign element, many of which are dealt with by way of negotiated settlements. In children cases he is instructed by local authorities and parents, as well as the Guardian and Official Solicitor, in cases involving the serious injury or death of a child, in which issues involving complex medical evidence arise and where his expertise in the field of personal injury can also be applied. Issues of privacy, and publicity frequently arise. His experience in personal injury work also translates to cases involving catastrophic injury to one partner where, in subsequent divorce proceedings, financial complexities surround the damages awarded and the particular needs of the injured party. He regularly appears in the appellate courts. He sits as a Recorder and Deputy High Court Judge

Christopher was a founder member of St John’s Chambers and former deputy head and Head of Chambers between 1988-2008. He also supports and is on the panel of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.