Christopher Parkin

Professional Summary

Called 2017 UK
Called 2011 Australia

Contact Details

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Christopher joined chambers in October 2018. He was admitted to practice in Australia in 2011 and commenced practising at the self-employed bar in Sydney in early 2015.

Christopher accepts instructions across most of Chambers’ core areas of practice. In 2017, he was identified as an ‘Emerging Junior’ in the area of employment and work health and safety law in Australia.

Before commencing at the Bar he served as a judicial assistant to number of judges including the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. He also worked as a graduate lawyer for a leading Australian claimant firm and as a political advisor to parliamentary candidates, senators and parliamentary office-holders.

Christopher has lectured at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney in evidence, procedure and torts. He has also contributed to a number of Australian practitioner texts including the Australian Privacy Reporter (providing substantial updates following a major overhaul of Australian data protection law) and the Australian Torts Reporter (authoring chapters on economic torts and defamation).

Specialisms

Employment

Christopher’s employment practice has included acting for football coaches, subsidiaries of international mining companies and universities. He is experienced acting in employment cases as both sole counsel and with a leader.

His significant cases have included:

Throughout pupillage, Christopher:

  • assisted John Cavanagh QC and Holly Stout in the Supreme Court decision Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2018] UKSC 22; [2018] WLR 2073;
  • assisted Andrew Blake in drafting a multi-million pound whistleblowing claim in the Employment Tribunal;
  • assisted Andrew Blake in advising on an age discrimination claim concerning income protection insurance; and
  • assisted James Cornwell and Jonathan Swift QC in preparing the Secretary of State for Work and Pension’s case on quantum (following the decision in Cavanagh v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2016] EWHC 1136 (QB); [2016] ICR 826).

Commercial

Christopher has acted for claimants and defendants in numerous commercial disputes as sole counsel.

Significant cases include:

During pupillage, he assisted Jane McCafferty to draft High Court particulars of claim and defences in several commercial disputes including cases involving confidential information and breakdowns in business relationships.

Inquests and Inquiries

Christopher has a burgeoning practice in inquests and inquiries. He brings with him to this practice area his significant experience in defending serious and complex criminal prosecutions (including sexual allegations, murder and fraud) at the bar in Australia.

He presently instructed to act for local authorities in several investigations run by the Independent Inquiry for Child Sexual Abuse including:

  • acting for Nottinghamshire County Council, led by Andrew Sharland QC, in the Nottinghamshire Councils investigation.

Public Law and Human Rights

Christopher acts and advises in a range of public law and human rights matters.

He is a member of the Government Legal Department’s Junior Barrister Scheme.

Christopher’s public law and human rights practice in Australia has included a wide range of judicial reviews (as sole counsel), criminal cases and tribunal matters.

Significant cases include:

Throughout pupillage, Christopher:

  • assisted James Goudie QC and Joanne Clement in Ocean Outdoor UK Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham [2018] EWHC 2508 (TCC), a judicial review concerning the decision to grant leases over land brought by an unsuccessful tenderer;
  • assisted James Goudie QC in advising a local authority on its powers and obligations concerning, amongst other things, the Housing Act 2004; and
  • assisted James Cornwell in a claim under the Human Rights Act 1998 alleging a contravention of Art 14 of the ECHR taken together with Art 8.

Media and Privacy

Christopher has a keen interest in media, privacy, data protection and information law.

He graduated first in his cohort in the Master of Laws (Intellectual Property and Information Law) at King’s College London.

Christopher’s information practice has included:

Procurement

Christopher is developing a practice in procurement law.

During pupillage he assisted James Goudie QC and Joanne Clement in Ocean Outdoor UK Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham [2018] EWHC 2508 (TCC).

Education

BA (Government and International Relations), University of Sydney

LLB, University of Sydney – Hons I

Grad Dip Legal Practice, Australian National University

LLM, Australian National University

Graduate Certificate in Commercial Law, Deakin University – Dean’s Merit List

LLM (Intellectual Property and Information Law), King’s College London – Distinction, First in Course

Awards and Scholarships

University of Sydney Entry Scholarship

Justice Peter Hely Scholarship (awarded to support further postgraduate study in Commercial Law)

Dean’s Merit List, Commercial Law, Deakin University

Award for Best Student on the LLM (Intellectual Property and Information Law) at King’s College London

Honourable Mention Advocate (ranked 7th in the world) at the Foreign Direct Investment Moot

Winner, Graveson Moot Cup, King’s College London

Other

Christopher is an intermediate student of Spanish. He dabbles in guitar and bass and enjoys long distance running.

He has been sighted, on occasion, performing stand up comedy above pubs in Central London.

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