Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member
Called to the Bar in 1988
"Brilliant job and result – as usual. Thank you on behalf of both myself and client”. Angela Luxton, Risdon Hosegood.
“Thank you so much for all your help and swift work for us, it's very much appreciated”. Dawn, mother of child in personal injury matter (direct public access).
"Many thanks for the excellent and comprehensive Particulars of Claim, which make very good reading...... Many thanks too for the speed of delivery. Peter Bright, Bobbetts Mackan
“Thanks Chris for doing that for us so much appreciated”
Lynn, direct public access business client, following 4-day Multi-Track trial with oral evidence from 3 engineering experts and appeal to Court of Appeal.
Christopher Austins is a well known, highly experienced advocate with a robust but sympathetic approach specialising in Contract/Commercial, Personal Injury, Regulatory Crime and Family matters. He was formerly Head of Chambers at Assize Court Chambers, Bristol, before joining Clerksroom in 2002.
He has extensive experience in a number of areas of litigation, ranging from High Court trials involving quantum of more than £1,000,000 to the most serious criminal cases, and so has high level advocacy expertise in very serious matters.
Before call to the Bar he owned and managed two aviation-based companies, a commercial parachuting centre and a flying school. He has an understanding of commercial, business matters and relates well to business clients. He has managed a number of construction projects and thus has an understanding of the building process which is helpful when dealing with building disputes.
He is approved by the Bar Council to accept direct public access instructions and has done so since 2008. He is happy to speak with potential clients at no cost initially, to ascertain what is needed to deal with their cases in the best way.
His main areas of practice cover a range of general civil common law matters and include:
- Contractual disputes of most types, including financial, building, engineering and General Aviation disputes
- Credit Hire
Personal Injury, including:
- General Aviation accidents
- Parachuting accidents (military and sport)
- Health & Safety / employers liability
- Sports accidents
- Road traffic, including motorcycle accidents (full motor cycle licence held since age 17)
Regulatory and privately-funded criminal matters, including:
- Road traffic offences
- Health and safety and environmental health prosecutions
- Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA)/Cohabitee matters
- Ancillary relief
- Public and private law children matters
Other areas of interest:
He has a degree of specialisation and interest in light aviation matters and, particularly, sport parachuting accidents, due to his background.
He has 4 school-age children. His interests outside work include sport parachuting and judo.