Christopher has a common law and public law practice.
He has extensive experience in clinical negligence (acting for both Claimants and Defendants); in medical disciplinary and regulatory work (e.g. in the GMC, GDC and NMC); in cases involving medical treatment decisions (including emergency injunctions and declarations); in inquests; and in other medical law related matters. He has been instructed in a number of high profile cases before the GMC, including GMC v Dr Andrew Wakefield and others (the prosecution of the three doctors involved in the research connected with the MMR debate), and in judicial review proceedings brought against the GMC.
Christopher’s public law practice also includes work in Public Inquiries. He was recently instructed in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry chaired by Robert Francis QC.
In addition, he has wide-ranging experience in other professional negligence work and personal injury.
He is a member of the South Eastern Circuit, the Professional Negligence Bar Association, the Personal Injuries Bar Association, the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers and the Human Rights Lawyers Association.
Cambridge University, Law BA (Hons) (1998), MA (2002)
"Third Party Interventions by the Government and the Public Interest"  JR 130 (Vol 9, Issue 2) (Co-writer with Philip Havers QC)
London-Westminster NRES (National Research Ethics Service) Committee
Significant cases include the following
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R (on the application of Daniel Roque Hall) v (1) University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2) Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 198 (Admin) (medical treatment of severely disabled drug smuggler in prison, and his discharge from hospital back to prison, did not breach Article 2 or 3)
Walker-Smith v General Medical Council  EWHC 503 (Admin) (appeal against findings relating to the alleged conduct of unapproved research)
The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Junior Counsel instructed on behalf of the Strategic Health Authority)
GMC v Dr Andrew Wakefield and others (instructed by the GMC in prosecution of three doctors involved in the MMR vaccine debate)
Inquest into the death of Axel Peanberg-King (death of baby following involvement of Harmoni out-of-hours service)
Inquest into the death of Alina Sarag (school girl who died having contracted TB)
Inquest into the death of Lucas Stachursky (phenytoin overdose)
Inquest into the death of Naazish Farooq Khan (Junior Counsel for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; death in hospital following alleged over administration of potassium)
Brown v (1) Birmingham and Black Country Strategic Health Authority (2) Shukru (3) Medical Defence Union Ltd  EWHC 1098 (QB) (Junior Counsel for the First Defendant; failure to discover congenital spinal defect and to diagnose meningitis)
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