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Christopher Machin

Year of call:
2017
Education:
2001
BA (Hons) History – The University of Bristol, 2.1
2004
PGCE (Fast Track) – Edge Hill University
2016
GDL – Manchester Metropolitan University, Distinction
2017
BPTC – Manchester Metropolitan University, Outstanding
Memberships:
Lincoln’s Inn
The North Eastern Circuit
Awards:
2016
Lord Denning Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn
2017
Buchanan Prize – Lincoln’s Inn
2017
Dean’s List Award for highest academic grade (family law) – Manchester Metropolitan University
Dean’s List Award for highest academic grade (opinion writing) – Manchester Metropolitan University
Languages:
French (conversational)

Christopher is known for his detailed case analysis, client-focused approach and thorough cross-examination skills. He accepts instructions from claimants and defendants across all areas of personal injury work, including:

  • road traffic litigation;
  • public liability claims;
  • employers’ liability cases;
  • travel sickness cases;
  • occupiers’ liability claims;
  • industrial disease matters;
  • claims arising out of assaults and batteries;
  • professional negligence claims; and
  • credit hire.

His practice involves:

  • advising in person and in writing;
  • drafting all types of pleadings;
  • attending all types of interim hearings;
  • multi-track, fast track and small claims track trials and disposal hearings;
  • MOJ Stage 3 hearings; and
  • infant approval hearings.

Examples of Cases

  • Bryn Austin v Jet2holidays Limited – successfully represented the claimant in a travel sickness claim.
  • Mavis Smart v Walsall Community Transport Limited – represented the Defendant in a road traffic accident claim. Case dismissed.
  • Daud Mushtaq v Boston Van Hire – successfully represented the claimant and overcame an allegation of fundamental dishonesty.
  • Marie Lidster v Jasmine Holt and Dorothy Sewell – represented the Claimant in a PI claim arising from a battery. Secured damages, costs and Part 36 consequences after a trial.
  • Malcolm Exley v Nu-Phalt Limited – negotiated the settlement of a multi-track case on behalf of the Claimant.
  • Susan Moore v Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust – employer’s liability case (ongoing) following an attack by an in-patient.

Contact Christopher’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Daniel Highfield on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

Christopher is known for his detailed case analysis, client-focused approach and thorough cross-examination skills. Christopher accepts instructions in all areas of commercial, chancery and property work. In addition, he is an ADR-ODR International accredited civil/commercial mediator.

Examples of Cases

  • Hannah Goy v Karen Burgess – represented the Defendant in a claim following the break up of a business relationship. Reduced the claim in damages from nearly £7,000 to £564 and secured punitive costs consequences due to the Claimant’s unreasonable conduct.
  • Stephen Winbolt v Philip Smith – secured a strike out and costs for the Defendant in a claim relating to a loan of £4,000.
  • Robert Newman v Mark Hawksworth, AKA Alan Hawksworth, T/A Millennium Motor Company – acted for the Defendant and settled a claim at the door of court on favourable terms.
  • BT v Virgin Media – successfully defended a claim under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.
  • Nunburnholme Leisure Limited v Matthew Clark Wholesale Limited – advised on an application to set aside default judgment, restitutionary relief and settlement.

Contact Christopher’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Daniel Highfield on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

Christopher prosecutes and defends and has experience in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. Christopher also accepts instructions in the Youth Court, and having been a teacher previously, he is ideally placed to deal with young people and can quickly build a rapport with them.

‘We have been happy with how he approaches cases and his ability to see the bigger picture. Chris has built a good rapport with members of the firm and the clients he has represented. The work he has done for us has been impressive.’ (Michael Culshaw & Co.)

‘Christopher Machin is an exceptionally thorough and reliable counsel, who combines his legal expertise with the aim to deliver the best results for firms and clients alike. His in-depth understanding of legal procedure and up-to-date knowledge of case law on various matters, such as driving offences, underpin his methodical approach to solving legal problems. We highly recommend Christopher Machin’s services.’ (MB Law Ltd Solicitors)

Examples of Cases

  • R v Mark Gostellow – secured a conditional discharge for a defendant charged with 10 offences, including resisting arresting, several assaults and dangerous dog attacks.
  • R v Scott Ford – made a successful submission of no case to answer in relation to a defendant accused of theft.
  • R v Nick Hallam – secured the acquittal of a defendant facing an allegation of domestic violence following a trial where the complainant gave evidence supported by an independent witness.
  • R v Mavis Foye – dealt with a sentence following a guilty plea in a death by careless driving case.
  • R v Samuel Grigg – appeared on behalf of the Crown in an appeal against a conviction for stalking. Appeal dismissed. Dealt with sentencing in relation to this and seven other offences by way of an order under s.37 MHA 1983.

Contact Christopher’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Elaine Foster-Morgan on 0113 213 5217

Robyn Nichol on 0113 213 5253

Christopher is known for his detailed case analysis, client-focused approach and thorough cross-examination skills. He acts for both landlords and tenants in public and private cases, and accepts instructions in cases involving:

  • possession proceedings;
  • anti-social behaviour;
  • disrepair;
  • homelessness;
  • unlawful eviction;
  • trespass;
  • committals; and
  • all types of injunctions.

Examples of Cases

  • Yorkshire Housing Limited v Michael Quill – successfully defended a tenant in relation to an application for committal. Secured the suspension of an order for possession on terms.
  • Broadacres Housing Association v Michael Deane – negotiated a settlement on behalf of a severely disabled client who was prohibited from entering his home as a result of an interim injunction following various allegations.
  • The Council of the City of York v Diane Scargill – represented a defendant over a number of hearings accused of hoarding.
  • Mark Thompson v Sahra Ibrahim Maxmuud – appeared on behalf of the landlord and secured possession of the property and costs.
  • Craig Roberts v Shahzad Afzal – obtained damages in a claim for unlawful eviction (including £1,000 in exemplary damages) and costs on behalf of the claimant.
  • Sarabjit Singh Bhalla v Danny Spink – acted on behalf of a landlord and negotiated possession of the property within two weeks at the door of court.
  • The Council of the City of York v Wendy Smith, Robert Price (Snr), Robert Price (Jnr) and George Price – negotiated a favourable outcome for a family of travellers in respect of committal proceedings.
  • David Truman v Scarborough Borough Council – Section 204 Housing Act 1996 appeal (ongoing)

Contact Christopher’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Daniel Highfield on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246