Barrister Christina Lyons

Christina Lyons

Year of call: 2004  

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“Inspires confidence. She teams intellect with rigour and is a pleasure to work with. Prepares cases meticulously and relentlessly, leaving nothing to chance.”

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Overview


Christina is an experienced civil practitioner specialising in personal injury and employment law. Christina’s practice incorporates all areas of personal injury work with a strong emphasis on claims concerning historic child sexual abuse and social care negligence.

In the employment sphere, Christina has considerable experience in unfair and wrongful dismissal and discrimination claims, acting for both employers (including public bodies) and employees, as well as advising clients generally on employment matters: TUPE, redundancies and discrimination.

Employment Personal Injury

Employment


Christina represents a wide range of respondents and claimants in all areas of employment and discrimination law. Her clients range from private and public sector organisations to individual employees. Christina acts in claims involving unfair and wrongful dismissal, constructive unfair dismissal, redundancy, contractual disputes and TUPE. Christina is regularly instructed in discrimination cases involving sex, race, religion or belief and disability discrimination. Christina has experience of drafting pleadings and undertakes advisory work.

Christina speaks regularly both in-house and to local authorities on employment topics and provides training to members of the legal charity LawWorks.

Memberships


  • The Employment Law Bar Association
  • The Employment Lawyers Association

Employment Cases


  • AP v Crossrail Ltd: Represented the Claimant in a claim concerning direct race and religion discrimination, harassment and victimisation (judgment pending).
  • CN v EA: Successfully struck out the Claimant’s claims of direct race discrimination and breach of contract arising out of the termination of the Claimant’s agency assignment with the Respondent school.
  • FB v Look Ahead Housing and Care Ltd: Successfully represented the Respondent charity in a claim alleging direct race discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • DB v London Borough of Newham: Successfully represented the respondent local authority in a claim alleging unfair dismissal.

Personal Injury


Christina acts for both Claimants and Defendants in all aspects of personal injury law including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, occupier’s liability, product liability and fatal accidents. Her recent cases include claims involving intentional torts, multiple orthopaedic injuries and chronic pain. Christina’s specialist personal injury expertise includes claims arising out of childhood abuse.

Christina appears in the County Court and High Court. She undertakes drafting and advisory work in a wide range of civil cases, and is increasingly involved in joint settlement meetings.

Christina has given a number of seminars on personal injury matters, including public authority liability for injuries on the highway, manual handling and claims against emergency services.

Memberships


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Abuse

Abuse


Christina has considerable experience in claims against local authorities, religious establishments, private social care, schools and detention centres arising out of child sexual and physical abuse. Christina represents Claimants in a number of large and small group actions including the St William’s group action and the Manchester Children’s Homes group action (No. 2). She has been instructed in claims alleging abuse at Aycliffe School, Medomsley Detention Centre, Red Bank Childrens’ Home, Rosehill Childrens’ Home, Skircoat Lodge Childrens’ Home, St William’s Childrens’ Home, Underley Hall School and Woolton Vale Childrens’ Home among many others.

Christina represents Claimants in complex individual claims concerning social care negligence, childhood abuse in residential institutions, as well as in claims directly against alleged abusers.

Personal Injury Cases


  • JM: Acting for the claimant in a claim concerning an electrical accident at work.
  • JG: Acting for the claimant in a claim arising out of an assault at work by the Claimant’s line manager.
  • H Family: Acting on behalf of a family seeking compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from a faulty boiler in rented accommodation.
  • I v I: Represented the Claimant in a claim arising out of childhood sexual and physical abuse made against the local authority for negligent care and the Claimant’s adopted father. The Claimant discontinued in the claim against the local authority and succeeded in the claim against her adopted father, who was ordered to pay the Claimant a substantial sum in damages.
  • GJ v ECC and SJ v ECC: Successfully represented the Defendant local authority in two cases brought by a father and son for negligent social work; both claims were struck out.
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How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email: clerks@7br.co.uk.

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