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.

“You have shown an in-depth understanding of our client’s position, shown expert understanding of housing law, including up to date legislation, and prepared a thorough document which will be central to our case.

You have also gone above and beyond by providing further advice on suggested next steps we undertake.”

– Sarah Robinson from Yorkshire Legal

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

Senior Clerk – Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 202 8609

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

Mike Alexander on 0113 2135268

Ben Ellison-Tope on 0113 2135207