Christopher Hames QC
“He is prepared to go the extra mile. He works long hours and he’s willing to pull out all the stops for you and the client. He makes you feel that you’re working as a team and he seems genuinely interested in helping the client.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
Year of Call: 1987
Year of Silk: 2015
LLB Hons (Sheffield)
Qualified Collaborative Lawyer
Christopher is a fearless and persuasive advocate, combining formidable strategic and tactical thinking with a keen forensic insight. He is a specialist in all areas of international law, with the knowledge and experience to take on complex issues of jurisdiction, finance and movement of children. Having been involved in the leading case on Legal Service Payment Orders, he is much in demand for all types of applications for legal funding orders.
Christopher has extensive experience in matrimonial finance with substantial assets, often with an international element or involving off-shore or domestic trusts or where criminal confiscation and restraint orders have been made.
He is a leading light in international child abduction involving the Hague 1980 Convention, Wardship and non-1980 Hague states, 1996 Hague Convention and enforcement of foreign orders.
He is sought after by solicitors in jurisdiction disputes with issues of non-marriage, divorce, domicile, forum non conveniens and the EC maintenance regulation
He is much in demand for clients with disputes over the external and internal relocation of children, child arrangements and financial remedies for children.
He is an author and contributory editor of 2 chapters of Rayden & Jackson
He regularly lectures and presents seminars on a variety of practice areas: 2017 presentations included: jurisdiction domicile and the Maintenance Regulation; LSPOs; the 1996 Hague Convention; and the status quo in child arrangements orders.
Family Law Bar Association
Liaison officer of Child Abduction Lawyers Association
Association of Child Lawyers
Member and reviewer for the 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 with international issues. He wins plaudits for his willingness to get fully involved with a case.
Strengths: “He is prepared to go the extra mile. He works long hours and he’s willing to pull out all the stops for you and the client. He makes you feel that you’re working as a team and he seems genuinely interested in helping the client.”
Chambers& Partners 2018
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