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Christi joined chambers in 2015.  She has a practical, commercial and client focused background, having previously worked in both the advice and IT sectors.  Christi brings a conscientious, thorough and well prepared approach to her advocacy.  She also sits part time as a Disability Member in the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).

Employment Law

Christi welcomes instructions from both employers and employees.  She often appears on behalf of major UK employers dealing with issues such as unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and discrimination claims.  While working at Citizens Advice prior to her time at the bar she frequently assisted employees in negotiation and making employment tribunal claims.  Christi’s employment law experience includes appearing for the claimant in the widely discussed case of Podlasiak v Edinburgh Woollen Mill ET/2701291/13, where she successfully argued that a contractual token payment in lieu of holiday pay on termination of employment was not permissible under EU law.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Representing a major supermarket defending a claim that it had discriminated against an employee by failing to keep in touch during maternity leave.
  • Appearing on behalf of a security firm against a claim from an employee dismissed on grounds of conduct who claimed in respect of disability discrimination and breaches of the Working Time Regulations.
  • Representing a food supplier in respect of a claim from an employee dismissed for failing to follow health and safety procedure who claimed dismissal on the basis of health and safety whistleblowing
  • Appearing on behalf of a counselling charity defending a claim for unfair dismissal on the grounds of race.

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Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Law

Christi frequently appears in court for both Claimants and Defendants in multi-track and fast track negligence claims.  She advises in writing and in conference on both prospects and quantum in these matters.   She has particular experience in aviation industry related injuries and also in relation to dental negligence.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Appearing for the Claimant at an appeal hearing considering whether the judge had correctly applied the scope of the principle of res ipsa loquitur in relation to an aviation accident
  • Drafting pleadings and advising on settlement in a claim in relation to a dentist having incorrectly fitted a post crown, thereby causing and failing to diagnose a perforated root.
  • Successfully acting for the Claimant in respect of a back injury caused by the Defendant’s failure to adequately train their staff in manual handling in a restrictive access environment
  • Advising on quantum and settlement in conference in respect of a psychiatric injury sustained during a fatal road traffic accident.

Family Law

Christi has appeared on behalf of the Metropolitan police, local authorities, parents and guardians in public family law proceedings in the Family and High Courts. 

Significant work includes:

  • Appearing for the guardian of a child with significant psychological needs at the contested final hearing of an application to set aside a placement order and re-assess a mother with learning difficulties in light of her having ended her relationship with her abusive partner.
  • Acting for local authorities, parents, grandparents and guardians in care proceedings including cases where serious allegations of sexual abuse have been made against parents.
  • Application to vary a secure accommodation order.
  • Successfully obtaining an application for an injunction under the inherent jurisdiction to restrain parents from posting confidential information about the child on public websites.
  • An application under the inherent jurisdiction to provide for vaccination of a child in the absence of parental consent.

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Judicial Review

Christi represents claimants and defendants in public law judicial review proceedings.  Her recent work includes

  • Acting and advising for a local authority in  judicial review proceedings related to child safeguarding decisions

Selected cases

  • Podlasiak v Edinburgh Woollen Mill ET/2701291/13

Areas of Expertise

Professional memberships

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association


  • Bar Professional Training Course, Nottingham Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), Oxford Brookes University
  • BA (Hons) Mathematics, University of Durham

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