ProfileA specialist in complicated legal challenges, higher education and commercial disputes. Christopher is Called to the Bars of England & Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Christopher’s specialisms lie primarily in the fields of public law, commercial litigation, procurement, higher education, as well as regulatory and fitness to practice proceedings. His practice also encompasses issues concerning human rights law, data protection, criminal record disclosure, and discrimination.
Christopher has appeared as sole Counsel in every tier of Court, including the Court of Appeal, and he has acted as Junior Counsel in several matters before the Supreme Court.
Due to his practical experience at the Bar in conjunction with lecturing and the development of professional legal training courses, from 2015 Christopher has provided regular CPD courses to members of the profession through MBL (Seminars) Ltd, covering various aspects of civil procedure such as judicial review, procurement law and injunctive law.
From July 2017 Christopher has embarked upon the provision of assistance in education/academic appeals and ombudsman complaints, primarily through Alpha Academic Appeals, for students and trainees at various stages of their academic and professional careers, including medical trainees and regulatory matters involving their governing bodies. This is built upon his wealth of experience not just at the Bar but within university institutions.
Examples of cases in which Christopher was instructed as sole Counsel are:
• Gallagher v Department of Justice ¬– challenge to the legislative regime for the disclosure of criminal record information due to its infringement of the Right to Privacy;
• Laverty v Police Service & PAT ¬– challenge to the use of information unlawfully supplied by the police force of another State in light of the provisions of the Data Protection Act and EU Directives, and the Right to Privacy;
• KWCL v Gable Insurance & Ors (Nos.1 & 2) – cases arising from third-party fraud and the failure of an Insurer based in an EEA State and its Agents to honour the terms of Performance and Guarantee Bonds for significant construction projects;
• Moyola Building Services Ltd v Belfast City Council ¬– successful challenge to procurement procedures for significant renovation works in local hospitals;
• Precision Industrial Services Ltd v JTI Gallahers Ltd – commercial dispute arising from the announced closure of various sites of operation which would result in the early termination of valuable services contracts;
• Balogun v Secretary of State for the home Department ¬– challenge to the lawfulness of the immigration rules and EU legislation due to their failure to provide for EU citizens who have been unable to work since birth due to permanent incapacitating disability;
• Nash v Probation Board – challenge to the failure and refusal by Probation to conduct risk assessments on prisoners convicted of terrorist offence who have been given public protection sentences.
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