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Christopher Williams

Called Called in 1981 - Head of Chambers 2016-



About Christopher Williams

Chris Williams has practised on the North Eastern Circuit since 1983. Initially he practised in all areas of Common law but since the early 1990s he has concentrated in personal injury and professional negligence. He has done and continues to do some other general Common law civil work.

His work is predominantly personal injury acting for both Claimants and Defendants in all manner of cases be it accidents at work, Road Traffic Accidents, Fatalities and Industrial Disease. Chris does a considerable volume of employer liability work including disease HAVS/VWF or other upper limb disorders and industrial deafness.

Over the last 18 months or so he has conducted a large number of JSMs leading to successful settlement (acting both for Claimant and Defendants). He continues to be instructed in a series of linked claims (some 60 in all) for both industrial deafness and HAVS against the same employer.

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Personal Details

Education: Repton School, 1972 - 1976; LLB, University of Sheffield, 1977 - 1980; Inns of Court School of Law, 1981 - 1982
Professional Associations: Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); North East Medico-Legal Society
Appointments: Assistant Recorder, 1999 Recorder, 2000

Specialist Practice Areas


Chambers & Partners 2018 - Band 2

New head of chambers. Has a broad practice that combines expertise in personal injury and professional negligence. He acts in a wide range of cases, representing both claimants and defendants in employers' liability matters, including those concerning industrial disease and injuries in the workplace.

Strengths: "A great advocate. He's really good on his feet when cross-examining witnesses." "Solicitor-friendly and commercial about the best way to resolve cases."

Recent work:  Represented over 20 claimants with hand-arm vibration syndrome pursuing claims against their employer.

Legal 500 2017

"His straightforward advice puts clients at ease."

Legal 500 2016

Christopher Williams A confident advocate, who is able to read the room.

Chambers & Partners 2016

Specialises principally in employer liability matters covering areas such as industrial disease and accidents at work. Also handles professional negligence matters.

Strengths: "He goes above and beyond our requirements. He is available 24/7, is always approachable and is very proactive." "He is an extremely competent advocate who prepares well and is also adept at thinking on his feet."

 Legal 500 2015 

"Excellent breadth and depth of knowledge, and translates that to clients brilliantly"

 Chambers & Partners 2015 

Offers solid expertise in a range of matters, including workplace accidents, fatal incidents and industrial disease, and is renowned for his strength in industrial deafness and upper limb disorders.

Recent work: He acted in Cleveland Potash Deafness and HAVS, a class action of deafness claims and HAVS claims against the same employer.

 Legal 500 2014 

"Particularly strong in employer liability cases"

 Chambers & Partners 2014

Offers a wide range of experience in personal injury litigation, acting for both claimants and defendants, including complex industrial disease claims. 

Expertise: "He's well known - he works very hard." 

Recent work: Williams acted for the respondents in Gonsalves v Redcar and Cleveland, a much talked-about Court of Appeal case concerning the alleged negligence of a school after a child suffered serious facial injuries during a golf lesson.

 Legal 500 2013 

The ‘sensible and effective’ Christopher Williams is recommended.

 Chambers & Partners 2013 

...focused on representing claimants in a broad range of personal injury claims. He recently handled a road traffic claim in the case of Hughff v Rowley. The matter was serious and resulted in a £3 million settlement.

 Chambers & Partners 2012 

The "fantastic" Christopher Williams is "brilliant with clients" and enters the table on the strength of support from sources who appreciate his experience, depth of knowledge and lack of arrogance.

 Legal 500 2011 

His 'communication skills are second to none'.

 Chambers & Partners 2010 

"He always gives clear, concise advice, which gives appropriate weight to all of the options." Interviewees also explain that "one never gets the impression that he takes a view either because he doesn't have a thirst to fight or merely to retain him in work. Although he is clearly popular and busy, he always finds time to accommodate his clients."

 Chambers & Partners 2009 

"Solid, down to earth and excellent in court." Christopher Williams performs admirably in general liability work.

Recently Concluded Cases

Engaged in a series of test case litigation where five cases were selected to be litigated arising out of a local potash mine with over 60 cases in the background. Ultimately all cases were compromised. Elsewhere, in deafness cases he has advised on the issue of limitation and appeared at trial where medical causation has been at issue.

Reported Cases

Wombwell v Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises (Waller & Laws L.JJ. and Sir John Chadwick), June 9,2008, [2008] EWCA Civ 831, CA (Civ Div) This case illustrates how an analytical approach, applying the law to the facts of the case, can help identify the real issues and avoid risk, either for the claimant or the defendant, of either assuming fault of itself will give rise to liability or that an unusual chain of events will necessarily preclude liability.

Jakto -v- Hall [2005] C of A The correct approach to the credibility of a witness, In particular when there is expert engineering advice.

Phoenix Pubs -v- Fawcett and others [2003]

Pavey -v- MOD [1998] Court of Appeal


Chris has delivered numerous CPD accredited lectures and seminars for APIL

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