Christopher Sharp QC

Year of Call: 1975

Year of Silk: 1999

Inn: Inner Temple

Judicial Office: Recorder (2004), Deputy High Court judge (Family Division)

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Christopher has a brain the size of a planet and always asks the right questions. He’s also just incredibly thorough and is lovely with clients. ‘He possesses an intellectual dexterity matched by few, so he’s able to understand and evaluate the most difficult of legal issues.’ ‘He is very precise and very prepared – everything you could hope for in a QC.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Personal Injury

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. His work 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 in conducting cases before the House of Lords. He is listed in Chambers UK as ‘excelling in catastrophic injury and complex medical causation issues’.

Christopher is acknowledged by Chambers UK as one of only five star Silks in Family Law in the country and the only one outside London. He 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 including those lacking mental capacity. He regularly appears in the appellate courts.

Appointments:

  • Visiting Fellow UWE
  • Elected a Bencher of the Inner Temple in July 2016

Professional memberships:

  • Family Law Bar Association (Founder Chairman of Bristol branch)
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • MA (Oxon)

Additional information:

Christopher was a founder member of St John’s Chambers and former Deputy Head and Head of Chambers between 1988-2008.