Called: 2020

Chris Wallace

Chris joined Central Chambers in 2021, having commenced a family law pupillage under the supervision of Nazmun Ismail. He has experience of matters in both the public and private arenas involving a wide range of issues including:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Neglect
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Forensic analysis of electronic devices
  • Abduction
  • Parental Alienation

Chris started his journey in law coming from a successful career first in the games industry before establishing his own business in photography and graphic design. He studied for a MA at the University of Law before being granted a scholarship from Middle Temple. Thereafter, he obtained a Distinction in his LLM and a Very Competent on the Bar Course and volunteered at the Greater Manchester Law Centre where he honed his advocacy skills – achieving a 100% success rate in his cases.

Post-qualification, Chris worked in commercial litigation and personal injury for a large Legal 500 – Tier 1 firm as an advocate, on a range of civil hearings from trials and interlocutory matters to quantum hearings, financial disputes, and recoveries.

Chris excels in dealing with clients who are vulnerable and can advise clients with a wide degree of difficulties both effectively and directly. He specialises in representing neurodiverse and disabled clients from an array of backgrounds and will tailor how advice is delivered to meet the specific client’s needs. He often works with intermediaries and the official solicitor in representing clients with capacity and cognitive difficulties. He has also completed advanced training on cross examination of expert witnesses.

Chris currently accepts instruction on public and private children law matters for parents, children, and local authorities alike; Court of Protection and Deprivation of Liberty issues; and preliminary financial dispute hearings.

Excellence Through Continuity of Representation

Notable Cases

Re W – Placement proceedings, successfully argued at final hearing on behalf of a parent that the local authority had not fully assessed a close family member, resulting in a successful application for an independent social worker.

Re S – Care order and High Court proceedings fiercely representing a local authority following extensive private family law proceedings. Very complex family dynamics. Successfully recovered a child after sudden removal from the jurisdiction following a suite of Tipstaff applications.

Re R – Successfully defended a single parent accused of causing significant and multiple non accidental injuries to their very young infant. Involved cross examination of several medical professionals, ending in reunification of parent and child.

Re B –Instructed by a local authority in extending and expanding on DOLS restrictions to keep the child safe in placement, against a background of problematic behaviours and objection from parents.

K v K – Represented a mother against a father accused of serious sexual assault against their teenage child. Multiple findings and an order for no contact made alongside a suite of injunctive orders to protect the family. Additionally argued for successful vaccination against the father’s objection on the basis that the child was Gillick competent and therefore had the freedom of choice.

T v N – Managed a client with very significant mental health difficulties in a private challenge around shared contact.

Re H – Represented a client with extensive cognitive difficulties, distilling complex legal information to its core to fully advise the client and aid in their understanding of matters.

Re K-T – Represented the parents of a child subject to DOLS restrictions to ensure that the safeguards remained place to meet the child’s needs, against the Local Authority’s application to discharge the same. Successful outcome on the basis that the child was beyond parental control, and the safeguards were necessary to minimise the risk of harm to herself and others.

Re I – Defended a parent who was accused of facilitating the perpetration of serious sexual harm against a teenage child by the wider family, resulting in the Local Authority withdrawing the application for a care order.

Education
  • University of Law Leeds – LLM / BPTC
  • University of Law Manchester – MA Law
  • University of Bolton – BSc (Hons) Games Design
Scholarships and Awards
  • Lord Diplock Major Scholarship (BPTC)
  • Access to the Bar Award (MA)
Memberships
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • The Family Law Bar Association
  • Neurodiversity in Law
  • Northern Circuit
Away from the Bar
  • Chris is an avid gamer; both computer and tabletop – hosting regular gatherings and events. He is also a major fan of music having worked as a sound and lighting technician for theatre and concerts; and he plays an array of instruments (with wildly varying degrees of success).
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