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 specialises in personal injury claims on behalf of both Claimant and Defendant clients, predominantly in medium to high value Fast Track and Multi Track disputes and at all stages of proceedings. He has extensive experience in RTA and EL/PL litigation, regularly appearing in claims involving issues of causation, LVIs, credit hire and fraud.

Chris maintains a busy practice in clinical negligence, conducting litigation involving complex issues of vicarious liability in claims with serious injury and trauma at their centre.

He further acts in claims relating to industrial diseases such as Multi-Track NIHL whilst maintaining expertise in Highways Act claims and travel law. Chris has experience in bringing and defending claims within foreign jurisdictions and, having studied French law and European law in continental universities and being a fluent French speaker, is able to directly assist with such claims.

Chris has been involved in credit hire litigation since the start of his practice in 2012 and has appeared on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants at all levels, from straightforward small claim hearings to complex multi-track hearings. Chris has particular experience in claims involving fleet vehicles.
Whilst much of Chris’ work will inevitably be based in the North and North East, he travels all over the country to deal with fast and multi-track credit hire matters. Recent cases have taken place in Chatham, Dudley, Clerkenwell, Birmingham and elsewhere. With the above experience Chris is very familiar with the wealth of credit hire decisions, from Dimond to McBride, and all of the issues they entail – enforceability, impecuniosity, intervention letters, consumer credit regulations and more.

Areas of Practice

Chris drafts pleadings and represents client in Court across the spectrum of personal injury claims. He maintains an expertise in the following areas:

  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury on Fast Track and Multi-Track
  • Credit Hire
  • RTAs including LVIs and fraudulent claims
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Industrial Disease
  • Occupiers’ Liability
  • Employers’ Liability
  • CICA Appeals
  • Highways Act
  • Inquests

Notable Cases

  • RI -v- Lancashire Teaching Hospital (C) – high value medical negligence claim pursuant to unsatisfactory emergency operative treatment.
  • Shaid -v- TNT UK Ltd (D) – personal injury claim in which the Defendant relied upon the defence of automatism, being unable to control his actions behind the wheel of a HGV.
  • SP Limited -v- C.C. Services (A) – appeal against an adverse costs order made at the conclusion of a directions hearing.


Chris regularly delivers CPD approved training and seminars in large and smaller groups, having spoken on the following topics:

  • March 2016 – CILEX presentation on application of CPR to litigation
  • November 2015 – Loss of earnings and schedules
  • October 2015 – Part 36 offers to settle March 2015 – Accidents Abroad
  • September 2014 – Schedules of special damage and future loss in PI cases
  • June 2014 – Update to applications for relief from sanctions
  • May 2014 – Introduction and update to Part 20 claims
  • December 2013 – Limitation issues in NIHL claims
  • April 2013 – Jackson Reforms: Changes to the RTA Portal
  • November 2012 – Travel Law: Package Holiday Regulations and the Conventions
  • October 2012 – Road Traffic Accidents and the recovery of costs

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