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Our Barristers

Christopher Bramwell

Our Barristers

Head of Chambers

Date of Call: 1996

Areas of Law

  • Family Care

Chris is a highly respected advocate who is regularly instructed by all parties in complex care proceedings. As well as being a formidable advocate, Chris is known for his approachability and straight forward and sympathetic manner, essential for both clients and solicitors in this difficult area of the law. This combination makes him the first choice of many solicitors eager to snap him up before one of the other parties does.

Chris is one of the best in the field of Children Law. He is a fierce yet compassionate advocate who is persuasive in court and highly skilled. He understands the needs of his clients and gives unequivocal advice. He is a truly exceptional, well respected, and trusted representative. A safe pair of hands.

Christopher Bramwell is our head of chambers having practised with Regency Barristers Chambers for over 20 years.

Since 2005, Christopher has practised exclusively in family law, now specialising in Public law Children Act cases. With his early professional background appearing in the highest profile criminal cases, most notably as prosecution junior in R v Huntley and Carr (The Soham murders), Christopher is regularly instructed in the most serious child abuse cases, particularly those cases involving significant volumes of evidence and concurrent police investigations.

He is particularly instructed in those cases involving fatal or serious injuries or allegations of serious sexual abuse as a consequence of his reputation for dealing with complex medical and other evidence in a tactful yet robust manner. His practice regularly encompasses High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings and he is regularly instructed by Local Authorities, Guardians and parents’ solicitors alike.

Christopher sits as a Recorder for the Midland circuit and also regularly lectures and presents seminars on Public Law children topics to a range of professionals, including solicitors, social workers and guardians.

Reported Cases

  • Re C (A Child) (Interim Separation) 2019 EWCA Civ 1998
  • Re L-K [2015] EWCA Civ 830
  • Re S [2014] EWCA Civ 25
  • J & D [2014] EWFC B89
  • LCC v Lu & Ors [2014] EWFC B94

Other Notable Cases

  • A Local Authority v P (2021) Representing the local authority before the High Court in a final hearing arising out of the murder of one of the sibings by a stepfather and the mother’s involvement in covering up the same. This case involved a significant volume of police evidence and complex disclosure issues.
  • A Local Authority v B, A and C (2020) Representing the local authority in a case involving serious “shaking” head injuries to an infant. Findings obtained in respect both of causation and perpetrator.
  • A Local Authority v H (2019) Representing a father in a 7 day final hearing where they were accused of causing serious head injuries to a 4 month old child.
  • A Local Authority v H (2013) Representing a mother in a four-week fact-finding hearing into allegations of inter-familial, serious sexual abuse.
  • A Local Authority v E & T (2013) Representing the father in a fact-finding involving catastrophic injuries to a baby following a severe shaking injury.


  • When his professional practice and family life permits, for his sins Christopher follows the (mis)fortunes of Sunderland AFC, plays (badly) for a local 5-a-side team and enjoys going to live music gigs and the cinema
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