Christopher started in practice in a set well-known in the traditional fields of Chancery law, where he was a pupil of Sir John Vinelott. He specialises in trusts (both here and abroad), tax and charity law.
From 1977 until taking Silk in 1987 he acted for the Inland Revenue in Chancery matters and from 1981 until 1987 was Junior Counsel to the Attorney-General in charity matters. His private client work includes advice on the trust aspects of divorce; his charity work has included a wide range of constitutional and practical issues and also the setting up of some notable new charities.
Legal directories rate him in the front rank in the fields of private client work, trusts, and charity. Chambers UK recognises him as a 'Senior Statesperson' in charities, traditional chancery and private client.
In 2015 Christopher was awarded the STEP Private Client Lifetime Achievement Award for "an individual who has, over the course of their lifetime, made contributions of outstanding significance to the field of estate planning." (Contrary to common belief, this is not a posthumous award.)
Christopher was a trustee of the British Museum from 1999 until 2004.
Terms of Business
The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Christopher will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Christopher accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2020 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.