Barrister Christopher Canning

Christopher Canning

Year of call: 2014  


Chris is a mixed civil and criminal practitioner. He practises in crime; personal injury and clinical negligence; and employment and general civil work. His work often overlaps civil and criminal jurisdictions. His experience of acting in the most serious and complex trials in criminal law brings an unusual depth of trial experience to his civil work. Chris has appeared in both civil and criminal divisions of the Court of Appeal.


  • Gray’s Inn
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association


  • 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

Clinical Negligence

Christopher is instructed for both sides in clinical negligence disputes, but with an emphasis on claimant work.

In addition to being instructed to argue interim applications, and to appear at case management conferences, Christopher is experienced in pleading claims and advising on paper or in conference on liability and quantum.

His recent work includes:

  • Advising on causes of action when a hospital failed to comply with a patient’s advance directive to refuse life-saving treatment;
  • Advising on liability and quantum where women suffered injuries during childbirth;
  • Pleading cases arising out of mistakes in labelling patients’ samples, GPs’ failures to refer patients to consultant specialists, and failures of clinicians to obtain appropriate consent.

In appropriate cases Christopher accepts instructions on a CFA basis.



Christopher has a broad commercial practice. He appears in county courts and the High Court. He advises on the merits and quantum of claims on behalf of both individuals and corporate clients.

In his general commercial work, recent instructions include pleading a claim for breach of contractual warranties, failures to pay service charges, and advice on the merits of a claim under the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993. He has a particular interest in the operation of the unfair clauses regime in English law and he has lectured on this topic.

In some of his court work, Christopher acts 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 good title 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 obtaining costs orders.



Christopher’s practice encompasses both prosecution and defence work on the south-eastern and midland circuits. He is a Grade 2 CPS advocate. His work is in the Crown Court, save that he appears privately for defendants in the Magistrates’ Court to contest driving matters.

He appears in his own right and as a led junior. When acting alone he prosecutes and defends the full range of violent offences, drugs offences, and offences of dishonesty.

In 2017 he successfully acted in the case of R v Rooney and others: the longest and most complex prosecution of modern slavery offences conducted in this country. Christopher was instructed as junior counsel, together with Alex Young of these Chambers, in a case in which eleven defendants pleaded guilty or were convicted by the jury after a six-month trial. The case was widely reported in the national media.

In addition to his general criminal work, Christopher advises offshore entities on their compliance with anti-money laundering and other quasi-criminal legislation.

Recent instructions include:

  • R v Rooney and ors: complex prosecution of modern slavery offences, six month trial;
  • Securing a conviction in the prosecution of a third-strike domestic burglar in which previous counsel had advised that the case should be discontinued;
  • Prosecuting multi-handed robberies and assaults;
    Securing the acquittal of a police officer charged with a domestic violence offence;
  • Successfully arguing that sleep apnoea constituted a defence to careless driving.


Christopher appears in the Employment Tribunal for claimants and respondents but with an emphasis on respondent work. He has experience of cases involving all varieties of employment torts. Recent instructions include:

  • Responding to a claim of unfair dismissal in which the claimant had made an ill-judged remark to a European colleague in the wake of the Brexit vote;
  • Contesting a claim for unlawful deductions from wages on behalf of a charity;
  • Representing the claimant in a case alleging discrimination and victimisation arising out of a culture of racialised language in the office;
  • Obtaining a costs order against a claimant who had been warned in writing that his claim for victimisation was without merit.
Personal Injury

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 statutory duty. He is regularly instructed to appear at case management conferences and at trials. He is available to draft statements of case and advise on the merits and quantum of claims at all levels.

Much of Christopher’s work in this area consists of appearing as advocate at fast-track trials. He represents both parties at claims for personal injuries arising out of road traffic accidents, and accidents at work or on the highway. He has successfully represented claimants confronted with allegations of fraud.


Offshore & International

Offshore & International

Christopher acts for advisory firms in Jersey. He advises on anti-money laundering and other compliance problems. He was recently instructed in a commercially sensitive matter to analyse an offshore financial institution’s record of dealing with a politically exposed person. He has also advised offshore entities on their duties when they suspect they are in receipt of monies obtained by fraudulent conduct.

Financial Crime

Financial Crime

Christopher has a growing practice in complex fraud work, both within this jurisdiction and in Jersey. His mixed practice allows him to advise civil clients on their potential criminal liability and victims of criminal fraud on how to approach recovery proceedings in the civil courts.

He is currently instructed as junior counsel to prosecute allegations of fraud against an organised criminal group in the East Midlands. He has advised offshore entities on their duties when they suspect they are in receipt of monies obtained by fraudulent conduct.

In the civil jurisdiction, Christopher has resisted defences of fraud when acting for claimants in commercial disputes, and advised clients considering bringing contractual claims for rescission based on fraudulent misrepresentation.

How to get in touch

For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by email.

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