Christopher Wall

Christopher Wall moved from London in 1990, to Canterbury where he now lives with his family. For more than 20 years he has specialised in all areas of Family Law at every level. His practice has a particular emphasis on Financial Remedy, Public Law Children Act cases and Private Law cases.

Christopher is recommended in Chambers and Partners 2016

"Focuses on both finance and children work, and has particular expertise in financial remedies, property and inheritance disputes involving private companies, trusts, pensions and international assets. He is also involved in residence issues, child abductions and care and adoption proceedings."

Strengths: "He is an experienced advocate who knows his stuff." "He is senior, experienced and knows what he is talking about. He has a great way with clients and puts in the hard work."
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Christopher Wall moved from London in 1990, to Canterbury where he now lives with his family.  For more than 20 years he has specialised in all areas of Family Law at every level. His practice has a particular emphasis on Financial Remedy, Public Law Children Act cases and Private Law cases.

He regularly represents parents, grandparents and children in Care and Adoption, Residence and Contact Order proceedings, as well as cases where parents wish to take children abroad. He has particular experience of cases involving abuse or neglect as well as expertise in cases where parents and/or children have disabilities.

In financial remedy cases his broad experience encompasses everything from complex multi-million pound cases involving complex assets structures to the particular challenges facing low-income families.

Christopher’s advice is highly regarded by his clients as being sensible and realistic, and, whilst he will help his clients reach their desired outcome through negotiation where possible, he also has a reputation for being a persuasive and forceful advocate in Court.

Christopher is also a qualified family mediator undertaking mediations relating to either financial or children issues.

Christopher has been accredited to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Public Access Scheme.

Christopher is recommended in Chambers and Partners 2016 and 2017

Chambers and Partners 2017 

“Junior who is predominantly instructed in matrimonial finance matters and public law children work. He has distinguished experience of complex disputes concerning private companies, trusts and international assets, and also regularly tackles difficult children cases involving abuse and neglect.”
Strengths: “Highly experienced and has great depth of knowledge.” “He is a very sensible barrister, the sort who will tell clients exactly how it is and will manage their expectations. He has a calm, reassuring manner and is very experienced.”

Chambers and Partners 2016

“Focuses on both finance and children work, and has particular expertise in financial remedies, property and inheritance disputes involving private companies, trusts, pensions and international assets. He is also involved in residence issues, child abductions and care and adoption proceedings.”

Strengths: “He is an experienced advocate who knows his stuff.” “He is senior, experienced and knows what he is talking about. He has a great way with clients and puts in the hard work.”

Reported Cases

Re A (a child) (residence order) [2007] All ER (D) 156 (Jun)

RE S (Permission to seek relief) [2006] EWCA Civ 1190

[2007] 1 FLR 482, [2006] 3 FCR 50

Re O (Supervision Order) [2001] EWCA CIV 16 [2001] 1 FLR 923

T v W (Contact: Reasons for refusing leave) [1996] 2 FLR 473

 

Public Law Children

Christopher has considerable expertise in Public Law cases and regularly represents parents, grandparents, and children in Care and Adoption proceedings.

He has been involved in many cases involving either sexual and/or physical abuse, as well as in cases where there has been significant neglect of children’s physical, emotional or educational needs. He has also acted in many cases where the parents or children have significant disabilities.

Christopher is known for giving sensible, realistic advice to his clients. Wherever possible he will help his clients to reach a fair outcome by negotiation but in the event that the matter proceeds to a final hearing at Court he is known for his persuasive and forceful advocacy that achieves the best possible outcome for his clients.

He has frequently appeared in all tiers of the Family Court.

Christopher Wall's Public Law Children Cases

Mother and new partner seeking to adopt

Christopher acted for a mother and her new husband – with whom the children had developed a particularly good relationship and who sought to adopt the children. The father objected. Christopher successfully persuaded the court to grant the adoption.

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Christopher has considerable expertise in Private Law cases including not only Residence and Contact Order disputes but in cases where parents wish to take their children abroad against the wishes of the other parent or where there are concerns about child abduction.

Christopher is known for giving sensible, realistic advice to his clients. Wherever possible he will help his clients to reach a fair outcome by negotiation but in the event that the matter proceeds to a final hearing at Court he is known for his persuasive and forceful advocacy that achieves the best possible outcome for his clients.

Christopher Wall's Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Seeking permission for children to holiday abroad

Christopher acted for a mother who sought to take her children on holiday abroad, where the Father objected due to his concerns about the mother’s new partner. Christopher successfully persuaded the court that his client and children should be able to holiday with his her boyfriend.

Mother moving to USA.

Christopher acted for a mother who sought to move to the USA with her son to start a new life with her boyfriend. The Father, who shared care, resisted, but the mother’s application was allowed.

Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

Christopher specialises in the whole range of family-related financial disputes.

His expertise includes:

  • Applications for financial remedy orders arising out of divorce or civil partnership dissolution
  • Applications for financial remedies under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 in respect of unmarried parents
  • Property disputes between cohabitants under the Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (“TOLATA”)
  • Cases under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975

He has acted in a wide range of financial proceedings, ranging from low-income families to multi-million pound cases. He has experience of cases involving complex asset structures, large property portfolios, family companies, trusts, pensions and internationally held assets.

Christopher Wall's Divorce & Matrimonial Finance Cases

Retaining significant assets for a husband

Christopher represented the husband in a fully contested financial dispute between him and the wife. Christopher’s client lived in the UK and owned a property portfolio of several properties. The wife was not a UK national, and lived abroad. The case involved a significant factual dispute, with the husband claiming that the wife owned two Continue reading

Protecting a wife’s pre-marriage assets

Christopher represented a wife in a divorce and matrimonial finance case, where the assets comprised the family home, a property portfolio and the wife’s pension (acquired prior to the marriage). In this mid-term marriage, the wife was in her mid-60s and the husband in his mid-50s, and they had no children. The family home had Continue reading

Articles by Christopher Wall

Arbitration: Are Divorcing Couples Loathe To Arbitrate About Financial Matters Because It Lacks Certainty?

The recent decision in DB v DLJ (more below) led me to consider whether the relatively low take-up of arbitration as a means to resolving Family Financial issues between divorcing couples is as the result of a concern as to whether arbitration decisions have sufficient certainty to provide the divorcing parties with enough confidence in Continue reading

Christopher Wall's Testimonials for Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

“I would be grateful if you could pass on my sincere thanks to Christopher Wall and this endorsement of him.  Christopher has been a diligent, precise and insightful professional in execution of his brief to me.  I found him to be a proactive challenger of my account of events, analytical and quick to validate or query in order to establish the facts and then incisive in his determination of how they should be marshalled and presented.

Consequently I felt clear on the potential strengths and weaknesses of my case as I stood for the cross examination.  I actually have a regard for the approach and aggression the opposing barrister took with me however Christopher’s  professionalism and thoroughness was such that I was well prepared for what followed, and the strength and effectiveness of the barrister’s tactics were undermined.

This was further evidenced with his consummate summary to the judge, during which he not only presented the case clearly and logically but also carefully reminded the judge of the legalities around the case whilst calmly countering points made only minutes before.

I have no hesitation in endorsing Christopher and have no hesitation in recommending him for future clients.”

Mr B instructing Christopher Wall through solicitors – January 17

“….Thank you so much for all your hard work yesterday….I thought you were fab! ……With what may be a total deposit of £100k this is life changing…. Thank you so much. I think that [my ex husband] was right about one thing- you are the best….”

Mrs K-H instructing Christopher Wall through the DPA scheme – September 14