Christopher Machin

Year of call:



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


Lincoln’s Inn

The North Eastern Circuit


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


French (conversational)

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

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246