Barrister Christopher Canning

Christopher Canning

Year of call: 2014  


“Bright and enthusiastic, one to watch.”



Christopher’s growing practice comprises all main areas of Chambers’ expertise.

Christopher joined 7BR after successful completion of his pupillage supervised by Jeffrey Jupp (Employment and Commercial), David Matthew (Crime and Fraud), and Adam Weitzman (Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Historic Abuse).

Before studying law and being called to the Bar, Christopher was a teacher of History and Politics at one of England’s leading schools.

Scholarships & Prizes

  • Gray’s Inn scholar: David Karmel Award (2012); Lord Justice Holker Award (2013)
  • Oxford University Press mooting competition winner (2013)
  • Manchester Law School: Dean’s Award for outstanding performance (2014)
  • Represented Gray’s Inn at the Inn’s biannual mooting and debating tour of the United States (2015)


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn


  • BA Modern History (First Class): Keble College, Oxford, 2010
  • Graduate Diploma in law (Distinction – top of the year): Manchester Law School, 2013
  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding – top of the year): Manchester Law School, 2014
Clinical Negligence Child & Family Commercial Crime Employment Personal Injury Offshore & International Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Clinical Negligence

Christopher is available for advice and representation at all stages of proceedings in clinical negligence disputes. Recent instructions include representing parties at interim hearings, including CMCs and CCMCs.

Christopher is experienced in drafting pleadings and advices on liability and quantum from the perspective of both Claimants and Defendants. Whilst under the supervision of Adam Weitzman during pupillage, he worked on cases involving negligent management of chronic conditions, mistakes in theatre, and a claim about a Hospital’s failure to comply with an advance directive refusing life-saving treatment.

In appropriate cases Christopher accepts instructions on a CFA basis.

Child & Family

Christopher acts in private and public children’s law work. He represents parties who have suffered domestic violence and abuse, or who have been accused of perpetrating the same.  He deals with child law applications for contact or residence, non-molestation orders, occupation orders, and prohibited steps orders.

During pupillage, Christopher attended a two-week fact-finding hearing with Justin Slater featuring allegations of repeated and sustained sexual abuse. He is developing his practice in public child law.


Christopher has a broad commercial practice. He regularly appears in county courts and advises on the merits and quantum of claims, including cases of breach of contract, breach of regulations, and claims which engage sale and supply of goods and services legislation.

Christopher has acted for defendants in actions against bailiffs and local authorities. He appears at applications for urgent interim injunctions, applications for strike-out and summary judgment, directions hearings, and fast-track trials. These claims frequently allege that bailiff companies and/or local authorities do not have entitlement to goods taken into control, that the goods have been converted, and/or that there has been some regulatory breach. Christopher has successful experience of countering these claims, running fraud defences, and applications for costs.

Recent paperwork instructions include advice on the merits and quantum of a claim under the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993. During his pupillage, Christopher also worked on several cases, supervised by Jeffrey Jupp, including claims for breach of contractual warranties, misrepresentation (including fraud), and breach of copyright.


Christopher appears in criminal courts on the south-eastern and midland circuits. During pupillage he was instructed to prosecute trial lists in the Magistrates’ Court and has a private practice in defending clients charged with driving offences. He is regularly instructed in appeals to the Crown Court, and has experience of all types of interim hearing.

During pupillage, supervised by David Matthew, Christopher worked on the full range of serious criminal matters: offences of violence, all types of sexual offences, offences under the Firearms Act 1968, conspiracy to defraud, and a major drugs conspiracy case.

Crime Cases

Kawsar v R: Successfully appealed a charge of harassment to the Crown Court, relying on a point of law not taken in the court before.

Grozier v R: Appeal against a confiscation order; allowed in full.

R v Chauhan: Defended a charge of failing to respond to a notice of intended prosecution; acquitted.

R v Chin: Successfully defended a charge of careless driving.


Christopher continues to build his practice in employment law, current instructions include responding to a claim for unlawful deductions from wages.

Christopher has experience of tribunal claims in unfair and wrongful dismissal, discrimination (direct and indirect), victimisation, equal pay, and cases relating to breach of TUPE from his time in pupillage under the supervision of Jeffrey Jupp. He attended tribunals all over the UK and assisted at a case before the Employment Appeal Tribunal on a novel point of indirect discrimination law.

Personal Injury

Christopher is instructed in a broad range of personal injury matters. He acts for both claimants and defendants in claims actions for negligence, trespass against the person, and breach of duty. He is regularly instructed to appear at case management conferences and costs case management conferences. He is available to draft statements of case and advise on the merits and quantum of claims at all levels.

During his time supervised by Adam Weitzman in pupillage, Christopher received thorough training in all types of complex personal injury litigation, including; claims for psychiatric injury arising out of sexual abuse, brain injury cases, and a claim rising out of a road traffic accident valued at £4m. Christopher also worked on NA v Nottinghamshire County Council (judgment pending): a case before the Court of Appeal on vicarious liability for battery and non-delegable duties. He is well versed in the law on employers’, occupiers’ and general public liability.

Offshore & International

Christopher advises on anti-money laundering and compliance issues in offshore matters. He is currently instructed in a commercially sensitive case to analyse and advise an offshore financial institution on its compliance policies.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Working with Jeffrey Jupp during his pupillage, Christopher worked on the defence of a senior consultant doctor before the General Medical Council interim orders panel. The client faced a list of serious charges on ungrounded and hearsay evidence. The panel made no interim order. Christopher is currently developing this part of his practice.

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