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Christi joined chambers in 2015.  She has a practical, commercial and client focused background, having previously worked in both the advice and IT sectors.  Christi brings a conscientious, thorough and well prepared approach to her advocacy.  She also sits part time as a Disability Member in the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).

Court of Protection

Christi brings her substantial experience of addressing the functional aspects of disability from her judicial role as a Disability Member in the First Tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber, as well as her extensive experience of dealing with vulnerable clients within the family court setting to provide sensitive representation in the Court of Protection that remains focused on the needs and autonomy of the vulnerable individuals at the heart of proceedings.

Examples of her work include:

  • Representing an NHS Trust in relation the refusal of patient who lacked capacity as a result of a severe autistic spectrum condition to take her medicine for a physical condition that would rapidly and seriously deteriorate if not medicated.
  • Representing a local authority in respect of a resident in a supported living home with an autistic spectrum condition who wished to live independently despite requiring a substantial care package of support to keep them safe.

Employment Law

Christi welcomes instructions from both employers and employees.  She often appears on behalf of major UK employers dealing with issues such as unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and discrimination claims.  While working at Citizens Advice prior to her time at the bar she frequently assisted employees in negotiation and making employment tribunal claims.  Christi’s employment law experience includes appearing for the claimant in the widely discussed case of Podlasiak v Edinburgh Woollen Mill ET/2701291/13, where she successfully argued that a contractual token payment in lieu of holiday pay on termination of employment was not permissible under EU law.

Examples of recent work include:

  • D Gibbons v Nationwide Building Society [2023] EAT 50 – appeared for the Respondent in this appeal in relation to the correct application of the tests to determine the reasons for a dismissal, and also whether a dismissal was also discriminatory.
  • Representing a major supermarket defending a claim that it had discriminated against an employee by failing to keep in touch during maternity leave.
  • Appearing on behalf of a security firm against a claim from an employee dismissed on grounds of conduct who claimed in respect of disability discrimination and breaches of the Working Time Regulations.
  • Representing a food supplier in respect of a claim from an employee dismissed for failing to follow health and safety procedure who claimed dismissal on the basis of health and safety whistleblowing
  • Appearing on behalf of a counselling charity defending a claim for unfair dismissal on the grounds of race.

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Professional memberships

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association


  • Bar Professional Training Course, Nottingham Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), Oxford Brookes University
  • BA (Hons) Mathematics, University of Durham

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