Christopher Walker

Year of call 1990

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William Meade
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Christopher is a personal injury specialist.  Consistently recommended in the trade directories, Chambers & Partners currently refers to his focus on high level catastrophic and fatal accident claims, while Legal 500 describes him as...
 

“a first-class barrister; technically excellent, great with clients and easy to work with.

 

Instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants, Christopher has considerable experience in litigating the established categories of employer’s liability claims, road traffic accident and public liability claims.    His practice encompasses associated clinical and professional negligence claims, health and safety prosecutions, coroner’s inquests, and litigation with a focus on human rights.

He regularly represents clients at mediation and joint settlement meetings.

Qualifications
MA, Law (Cambridge)
Licence Speciale en Droit Europeen (Universite Libre de Bruxelles)
Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple

Previous Recommendations

Chambers & Partners 2015 - "He gets down to the issues and absorbs vast amounts of information very quickly." "An experienced and high-calibre barrister, who is technically excellent and has superb client skills."

Chambers & Partners - "He's a charmer - if you need someone to face up to testosterone you put Christopher Walker in the room and he'll calm them down. He's tenacious without being aggressive"

Court appearances in the last 6 months have included:

  • Wheeler v. Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabularly & Ors: [2013] EWCA Civ – concerning apportionment of liability in a road traffic accident
  • Stathers v. Mitchells & Butler [2014] HC – liability trial in personal injury claim arising from ejection of member of public from a night club
  • Hawes v. Essex CC [2014] HC – liability trial in personal injury claim arising from collision with a bollard.
  • Barber v. Hydrocarbons Resources [2014] Liverpool CC – successful defence in causation dispute in fatal accident claim.

His current caseload includes:

  • A multi million pound for a young adult who suffered severe brain jury and spastic quadriplegia following a road traffic accident;
  • A multi million pound claim for young adult who suffered quadriplegia following road traffic accident.
  • A multi million pound claim for an experienced professional who has suffered brain injuries and a below knee amputation following a road traffic accident;
  • Four separate multi million pound claims for children having suffered catastrophic brain injuries in various road traffic accidents
  • A substantial fatal accident claim arising from the death of a factory worker trapped in machinery (liability disputed)
  • A substantial personal injury claim following a traumatic above knee amputation suffered at work


Reported cases include:

  •  Johnson v. Chesterfield & Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust [22.05.09, High Court]: Interim payments
  •  Higgs v. Pickles [2011] PIQR P15: Application of Ogden tables


Notable Appeals:

  • White v. Lidl UK [2005] EWHC 871  (On definition of  a "secondary victim")
  • Chambers v. Excel Logistics [2006] EWCA 1031 (Acceleration periods & approaches to calculation of future loss of earnings' claims)
  • Carruthers v. MP Fireworks [2007] Lawtel AC0112670 (Control of expert evidence).


Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Current instructions include:

  • Fatal accident & severe personal claims pursued by Tanzanian nationals following shooting & other incidents in an open-pit gold mine by local security/police officers;
  • A personal injury claim made on behalf of a middle-aged female following the acquisition of a profound hypoglycaemic brain injury while detained in police custody.


Recently concluded litigation includes

  • Watson Woodhouse (a firm) v. The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police: Settlement of £550,000 following admitted false imprisonment of a leading criminal defence solicitor and an unlawful search search of his premises and those of his firm;
  • Settlement of fatal accident claims arising from death of a detainee in police custody from a drugs’ overdose.

Christopher is experience in appearing in coroner’s inquests, with or without juries.  He is soon to appear in an inquest into the death of a gas contractor, killed in an explosion whilst at work.


Recently concluded work has included the successful defence of Part 20 litigation between road traffic insurers contesting their responsibilities to indemnify a claim likely to be valued at over a million pounds.

pAwards

Legal 500 2017 Leading Individual 2017 C&P Leading individual 2016 L500 Leading Individual C&P 2016 Ranked Barrister L500 2015 leading individual Chambers & Partners 2015 Barrister Legal 500 Top Ranked Barrister 2014 Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2014 Best Lawyer Awards

Christopher is a personal injury specialist.  Consistently recommended in the trade directories, Chambers & Partners currently refers to his focus on high level catastrophic and fatal accident claims, while Legal 500 describes him as...
 

“a first-class barrister; technically excellent, great with clients and easy to work with.

 

Instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants, Christopher has considerable experience in litigating the established categories of employer’s liability claims, road traffic accident and public liability claims.    His practice encompasses associated clinical and professional negligence claims, health and safety prosecutions, coroner’s inquests, and litigation with a focus on human rights.

He regularly represents clients at mediation and joint settlement meetings.

Qualifications
MA, Law (Cambridge)
Licence Speciale en Droit Europeen (Universite Libre de Bruxelles)
Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple

Previous Recommendations

Chambers & Partners 2015 - "He gets down to the issues and absorbs vast amounts of information very quickly." "An experienced and high-calibre barrister, who is technically excellent and has superb client skills."

Chambers & Partners - "He's a charmer - if you need someone to face up to testosterone you put Christopher Walker in the room and he'll calm them down. He's tenacious without being aggressive"

Court appearances in the last 6 months have included:

  • Wheeler v. Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabularly & Ors: [2013] EWCA Civ – concerning apportionment of liability in a road traffic accident
  • Stathers v. Mitchells & Butler [2014] HC – liability trial in personal injury claim arising from ejection of member of public from a night club
  • Hawes v. Essex CC [2014] HC – liability trial in personal injury claim arising from collision with a bollard.
  • Barber v. Hydrocarbons Resources [2014] Liverpool CC – successful defence in causation dispute in fatal accident claim.

His current caseload includes:

  • A multi million pound for a young adult who suffered severe brain jury and spastic quadriplegia following a road traffic accident;
  • A multi million pound claim for young adult who suffered quadriplegia following road traffic accident.
  • A multi million pound claim for an experienced professional who has suffered brain injuries and a below knee amputation following a road traffic accident;
  • Four separate multi million pound claims for children having suffered catastrophic brain injuries in various road traffic accidents
  • A substantial fatal accident claim arising from the death of a factory worker trapped in machinery (liability disputed)
  • A substantial personal injury claim following a traumatic above knee amputation suffered at work


Reported cases include:

  •  Johnson v. Chesterfield & Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust [22.05.09, High Court]: Interim payments
  •  Higgs v. Pickles [2011] PIQR P15: Application of Ogden tables


Notable Appeals:

  • White v. Lidl UK [2005] EWHC 871  (On definition of  a "secondary victim")
  • Chambers v. Excel Logistics [2006] EWCA 1031 (Acceleration periods & approaches to calculation of future loss of earnings' claims)
  • Carruthers v. MP Fireworks [2007] Lawtel AC0112670 (Control of expert evidence).


Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Current instructions include:

  • Fatal accident & severe personal claims pursued by Tanzanian nationals following shooting & other incidents in an open-pit gold mine by local security/police officers;
  • A personal injury claim made on behalf of a middle-aged female following the acquisition of a profound hypoglycaemic brain injury while detained in police custody.


Recently concluded litigation includes

  • Watson Woodhouse (a firm) v. The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police: Settlement of £550,000 following admitted false imprisonment of a leading criminal defence solicitor and an unlawful search search of his premises and those of his firm;
  • Settlement of fatal accident claims arising from death of a detainee in police custody from a drugs’ overdose.

Christopher is experience in appearing in coroner’s inquests, with or without juries.  He is soon to appear in an inquest into the death of a gas contractor, killed in an explosion whilst at work.


Recently concluded work has included the successful defence of Part 20 litigation between road traffic insurers contesting their responsibilities to indemnify a claim likely to be valued at over a million pounds.

pAwards

Legal 500 2017 Leading Individual 2017 C&P Leading individual 2016 L500 Leading Individual C&P 2016 Ranked Barrister L500 2015 leading individual Chambers & Partners 2015 Barrister Legal 500 Top Ranked Barrister 2014 Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2014 Best Lawyer Awards
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