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Christopher Williams

Called 1981

Christopher Williams has been Head of Chambers since 2016.

Chris 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. 

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.

As a highly experienced advocate and practitioner, 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.

"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."

Chambers & Partners 2018
Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence
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All aspects of Personal injury litigation including:

• Clinical negligence
• Employers’ liability
• Public liability
• Claims involving catastrophic injuries

Chris accepts cases on CFA and is prepared to travel to provide advocacy and advice in conference.

Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Chris accepts cases on CFA and is prepared to travel to provide advocacy and advice in conference.

Road Traffic Accidents

Chris Williams acts for both Claimant and Defendant in high and moderate value claims predominantly in the North East.


Regularly takes instructions mainly for Claimants in noise induced hearing loss, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome and Repetitive Strain Injury and currently has been retained to deal with over 30 ongoing cases against the same employer for both NIHL and HAVS.

Serious Injury & Catastrophic

Chris continues to advise and represent clients as to compensation following serious injury and currently has a high number of such ongoing matters.


Professional Negligence
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Chambers & Partners 2019 - Band 1

"He is very approachable and has excellent client care skills, in addition to being a very experienced advocate."

Legal 500 2018/2019

"Very energetic and builds excellent client rapport."

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.

Notable Cases
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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

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Assistant Recorder, 1999

Recorder, 2000

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Chris has delivered numerous CPD accredited lectures and seminars for APIL

Personal Details

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

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