Christopher Rafferty

Year of call:



Bar Vocational Course, Manchester

LLB Law with French (Hons), University of Sheffield


2019 - Deputy District Judge


North Eastern Circuit

Personal Injury Bar Assocation

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple


Diploma in French Law, Université Nancy II, France

Lincoln’s Inn Inter-Varsity Moot finalist



Chris practises across the entire spectrum of commercial, chancery and property work. He has experience in litigation resulting from appeals, having conducted appellate litigation at the High Court in Judicial Review and Case Stated proceedings and through handling appeals of case management decisions and adverse costs orders.

Areas of Practice

Chris maintains a practice in several key areas including the sale of goods, construction of contracts and credit agreements. In small claim and fast track hearings Chris is very experienced with credit hire litigation, both bringing and defending claims.

He has often successfully argued issues of misrepresentation and enforceability of contracts, being fully conversant with the complex legislation in this area.

Chris is instructed regularly in cases involving wills and probate, TOLATA, professional negligence, regulatory and disciplinary work. Moreover Chris undertakes landlord and tenant work including Housing more generally:

  • Disrepair
  • Tenancy deposits
  • Forfeiture
  • Renewal of tenancies Chris also has an interest in land disputes involving issues of restrictive covenants, easements and rights of way, proprietary estoppel and ownership.

Chris undertakes work in respect of a variety of applications associated with bankruptcy and winding-up petitions.

Notable Cases

  • R -v- M (D) – claim involving potential possession proceedings in relation to an agricultural tenancy
  • S -v- S (D) – probate challenge with associated partnership dispute
  • NELC -v- SP (R) – Judicial Review and Case Stated appeal of a decision to exclude the Respondent’s liability for non-payment of business rates.
  • Briggs and Briggs -v- Robinson (C) – successful appeal against a case management decision to allocate a claim to the Small Claims Track. Claim re-allocated to the Fast Track.
  • SP Limited -v- C.C. Services (A) – appeal against an adverse costs order made at the conclusion of a directions hearing.

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