“He’s easy to work with, relentless in court, fearless, incredibly knowledgeable and very persuasive. A superb advocate.”
Chambers & Partners 2017



Year of Call: 1987
Year of Silk: 2015


LLB Hons (Sheffield)
Qualified Collaborative Lawyer


Christopher has developed a specialist family law practice dealing mainly with difficult international issues. He acts in cases involving both children and finance.

His work covers:

  • Hague Convention and non-Hague abduction of children
  • Jurisdictional disputes involving divorce and finance
  • Wardship involving abduction, the stranding and abandonment of parents and forcible separation of children from parents
  • Matrimonial finance particularly cases with an international element, third party interests or criminal confiscation/restraint orders
  • Permanent and temporary external and internal relocations of children
  • BIIR applications
  • Schedule 1 and TOLATA cases
  • International adoption, particularly to USA

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Affiliate Member of Resolution
Inner Temple
Reviewer for Bar Pro Bono Unit


Has a notable international children practice and deep expertise in matters concerning the application of the Hague Convention. His growing financial practice sees him representing high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings.
Strengths: “He’s easy to work with, relentless in court, fearless, incredibly knowledgeable and very persuasive. A superb advocate.”
Recent work: Acted in Cambra v Jones, a case concerning the failure to return two children to Spain under the Hague Convention.
Chambers & Partners 2017

Has taken silk this year as a result of his work handling international family law on both the financial and private children side. He is a lawyer who displays forcefulness and tenacity.

Strengths: “He is a master strategist, and has a great analytical mind. He’s very eloquent in his advocacy, and is really formidable, ruthless.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

Maintains a strong private law children practice, and works in cases relating to residence, relocation and abduction in both Hague and non-Hague jurisdictions.

Expertise: “Brilliant for complex, difficult cases. Great on the attention to detail, he’s very thorough, good with clients and highly personable.”

Recent work: Instructed before the High Court in a case pertaining to the abduction of five children by their father.
Chambers & Partners 2015

Maintains a fine track in cases concerning cross-jurisdictional issues, child abduction, adoption, abandoned spouses and lawful relocation.

Expertise: “Has excellent knowledge of all areas of family law matters.”

Recent work: Recently handled child abduction proceedings in the High Court involving five children, three of whom were returned to Spain.
Chambers & Partners 2014

Christopher Hames focuses his international family law practice on cases concerning child abduction, relocation and cross-jurisdictional disputes. Commentators note that “he cuts straight through to the issues” of the most complex of cases.
Chambers & Partners 2013

Christopher Hames comes highly recommended for his expertise in cross-jurisdictional children expertise. Sources say: “He is a very safe pair of hands and is excellent with clients.” Hames is much in demand.
Chambers and Partners 2012

Christopher Hames is highly regarded for cross-jurisdictional children work.
Chambers and Partners 2011

Christopher Hames, who is praised for his handling of Children Act matters.
Chambers and Partners 2010

[2016] EWHC 1607 (Fam)
[2016] EWCA Civ 297
[2014] EWHC 1804 (Fam)
[2014] EWHC 611 (Fam)
[2014] 1 FLR 307; [2013] EWHC 1383 (Fam)
[2014] 1FLR 663; [2013] EWHC 2092 (Fam)
[2013] 2 FLR 237; [2012] EWHC 4033 (Fam)
[2011] 2 FLR 1307 : [2011] 1 FCR 363 : [2011] Fam Law 452 : (2011) 108(9) LSG 19; [2011] EWCA Civ 128
[2010] 1 FLR 782; [2009] EWCA Civ 986
[2009] EWCA Civ 243; (2009) 2 FLR 244
[2008] EWHC 3000 (Fam); (2009) 1 FLR 1231
[2006] EWHC 2410 (Fam)