Christopher Austins (1988)

Christopher Austins (1988)

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 1988 Public Access Accredited
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General Information

Christopher was called in 1988 and has been a full-time barrister since then. He is highly experienced advocate with a robust but sympathetic approach.

He was Head of Chambers at Assize Court Chambers, Bristol, before leaving to join Clerksroom in 2002.

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 direct access clients, and with solicitors, at no initial cost, to ascertain what is needed to deal with their cases in the best way.

He has wide experience of Contract, Commercial, Personal Injury, and Family matters, including financial claims, ToLATA claims and the full range of children matters, including applications to permanently remove children from the jurisdiction.

He has undertaken a wide range of serious criminal work, including serious fraud and murders. He therefore has experience of high-level advocacy in very serious matters. He still accepts privately-funded criminal work, including regulatory and road traffic matters.

During 2016 he defended two separate cases of attempted murder, maintaining his currency in serious, highly adversarial matters.
He has experience of appeals to the Crown Court against revocation and refusal of firearm and shotgun certificates. He has held Section 1 firearm and Section 2 shotgun certificates for many years.

During 2016 he was instructed as sole counsel in a 7-day trial in the High Court, a £ multi-million contractual claim against a High Street bank, and has been instructed on other significant High Court matters, some of which involved quantum in excess of £1,000,000.

Before call to the Bar he owned and managed two aviation-based companies, a commercial sport parachuting centre and a flying school.

He is a former British Parachute Association Instructor and Private Pilot Licence and IMC holder. He has been instructed extensively in personal injury claims relating to parachuting accidents and general aviation, and now acts in such claims on a CFA basis if required. He is a current sport parachutist, and retains links with experienced expert witnesses in that field.

Parachute video: white helmet blue T-shirt and videoing daughter Lucy

He has an understanding of commercial and 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 has significant experience as a commercial mediator, particularly in construction and business disputes.

He has held a full motorcycle licence since age 17 and undertakes motorcycle-related personal injury claims. He holds the grade of 2nd Dan in judo and has experience of personal injury matters resulting from that sport.

He has 4 children, 2 of school age.



Areas of Law

Christopher Austins (1988) is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Consumer Contracts
  • Family Law
  • Property
  • Road Traffic

Outside of these key areas of law, Christopher Austins (1988) is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Christopher direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.



Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback

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We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


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Complaints information

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Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice


1.This privacy notice describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).

2.The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.

3.I, Christopher Austins, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend through your solicitor or agent, via the barristers’ direct access scheme or via the pro bono scheme.

4.It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, to for example:

a)Advise on the prospects of litigation

b)Advise on the value of your claim

c)Represent you at a court hearing

d)Represent you at trial

e)Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence

f)Advise generally

5.Processing means anything done to data and includes: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7.If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8.If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

9.Recipients of your data

I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

a)Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented

b)Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed

c)Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case

d)Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives

e)Ombudsman and regulatory authorities

f)Education and examining bodies

g)Current, past or prospective employers.




10.Special Categories of Data

In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11.This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary.

13.How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14.Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

a)The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases

b)To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases

c)For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes

d)To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15.The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16.The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation.

17.Your Rights

Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18.Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will probably mean that I am no longer able to provide you with legal services.

19.You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20.You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) if there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21.You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22.Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23.You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

a)The personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed

b)You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing

c)Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing

d)The personal data has been unlawfully processed

e)The personal data has to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24.You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons:

a)as an alternative to deletion

b)so that it can be corrected

c)for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims

d)to verify if a legitimate ground exists.

25.Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. The I.T. systems used by my chambers, Clerksroom, are ISO 27001 compliant.

27.Complaints or Queries

If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me:, or my clerks: mail@clerksroom telephone 01823 247 247.

28.I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

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