"He has a good eye for detail." "He's very incisive and excellent with clients - he's able to explain difficult issues in terms they can understand." "Chris is really forensic and always well prepared. There's not a page in the bundle he won't have read and know about."
Chambers & Partners 2021
"He’s excellent in his analysis of the evidence and knows exactly how to coordinate a team of experts to produce the strongest case. He’s very engaging and puts clients at their ease with his easy charm and obvious empathy. His advocacy is very sharp, and judges respond to his concise arguments and helpful manner."
Christopher Walker is a personal injury specialist. Consistently recommended in the trade directories, Chambers & Partners currently refers to his focus on high level catastrophic and fatal accident claims, while The Legal 500 describes him as…
“a first-class barrister; technically excellent, great with clients and easy to work with.”
Instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants, Christopher has considerable experience in litigating the established categories of employer’s liability claims, road traffic accident and public liability claims. His practice encompasses associated clinical and professional negligence claims, health and safety prosecutions, coroner’s inquests, and litigation with a focus on human rights.
He regularly represents clients at mediation and joint settlement meetings.
MA, Law (Cambridge) Licence Speciale en Droit Européen (Université Libre de Bruxelles) Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple
“He has a good eye for detail.” “He’s very incisive and excellent with clients – he’s able to explain difficult issues in terms they can understand.” “Chris is really forensic and always well prepared. There’s not a page in the bundle he won’t have read and know about.” “He is very approachable and great with clients.”
Chambers & Partners 2021
“Always takes a practical and pragmatic approach to cases allied with good judgement.” “He’s excellent in his analysis of the evidence and knows exactly how to coordinate a team of experts to produce the strongest case. He’s very engaging and puts clients at their ease with his easy charm and obvious empathy. His advocacy is very sharp, and judges respond to his concise arguments and helpful manner.”
The Legal 500 2021
“He continues to be hugely impressive in his willingness to take on difficult cases and in his exceptionally legally robust drafting. He is also hugely persuasive in both written and oral advocacy.” “He’s very thorough and very good on the detail.” “He is very bright, thorough and well prepared. He quickly gets to the nub of issues and his advice is clear.” “He has a fantastic manner with clients and is a good negotiator.”
Chambers & Partners 2020
“Good client care and an excellent grasp of issues in high value cases.”
The Legal 500 2020
“A fantastic advocate who is really understated in the way he goes about it.” “Very well prepared, confident and insightful with experts and a skilful negotiator.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
“Known for catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims.”
The Legal 500 2017
“He is quick to note the strengths and difficulties in each case and is not frightened to fight the claimant’s corner. He gets to the heart of the issue quickly and provides practical and client-friendly advice.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is an incredible, technical lawyer who makes incredibly complicated litigation seem easy.” “He gets his way by gentle persuasion and steely determination.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
“An experienced and intelligent negotiator who is very good on his feet.” “He is clever, collaborative and adept at complex cases.”
The Legal 500 2015
“He gets down to the issues and absorbs vast amounts of information very quickly.” “An experienced and high-calibre barrister, who is technically excellent and has superb client skills.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
“He’s a charmer – if you need someone to face up to testosterone you put Christopher Walker in the room and he’ll calm them down. He’s tenacious without being aggressive.”
Chambers & Partners
Some recent cases includes:
A multi million pound for a young adult who suffered severe brain jury and spastic quadriplegia following a road traffic accident;
A multi million pound claim for young adult who suffered quadriplegia following road traffic accident;
A multi million pound claim for an experienced professional who has suffered brain injuries and a below knee amputation following a road traffic accident;
Four separate multi million pound claims for children having suffered catastrophic brain injuries in various road traffic accidents;
A substantial fatal accident claim arising from the death of a factory worker trapped in machinery (liability disputed);
A substantial personal injury claim following a traumatic above knee amputation suffered at work.
Reported cases include:
Johnson v. Chesterfield & Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust [22.05.09, High Court]: Interim payments.
Higgs v. Pickles  PIQR P15: Application of Ogden tables.
White v. Lidl UK  EWHC 871 (On definition of a “secondary victim”).
Chambers v. Excel Logistics  EWCA 1031 (Acceleration periods & approaches to calculation of future loss of earnings’ claims).
Carruthers v. MP Fireworks  Lawtel AC0112670 (Control of expert evidence).
Civl Liberties & Human Rights
Fatal accident and severe personal claims pursued by Tanzanian nationals following shooting and other incidents in an open-pit gold mine by local security/police officers;
A personal injury claim made on behalf of a middle-aged female following the acquisition of a profound hypoglycaemic brain injury while detained in police custody.
Concluded litigation includes:
Watson Woodhouse (a firm) v. The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police: Settlement of £550,000 following admitted false imprisonment of a leading criminal defence solicitor and an unlawful search search of his premises and those of his firm;
Settlement of fatal accident claims arising from death of a detainee in police custody from a drugs’ overdose.
Inquests & Inquiries
Christopher is experienced in appearing in coroner’s inquests, with or without juries. He is soon to appear in an inquest into the death of a gas contractor, killed in an explosion whilst at work.
Concluded work has included the successful defence of Part 20 litigation between road traffic insurers contesting their responsibilities to indemnify a claim likely to be valued at over a million pounds.
Recent and current work
Court appearances have included:
MNO v MOD: £4.95 million settlement approved by the High Court for young soldier who suffered severe brain injury and multiple orthopaedic injuries in an army parachute training jump when his parachute failed to deploy fully;
Wheeler v. Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabularly & Ors:  EWCA Civ – concerning apportionment of liability in a road traffic accident;
Stathers v. Mitchells & Butler  HC – liability trial in personal injury claim arising from ejection of member of public from a night club;
Hawes v. Essex CC  HC – liability trial in personal injury claim arising from collision with a bollard;
Barber v. Hydrocarbons Resources  Liverpool CC – successful defence in causation dispute in fatal accident claim.