Neil Christian

Neil Christian

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 01244 323 070

Year of call: 2005

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Neil is a persuasive advocate and sensible negotiator, known for straightforward and practical advice delivered in a reassuring manner. Equally confident in both money and children work, professional and lay clients value Neil’s ability to quickly grasp the central issues and focus on what matters in the case.

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit
  • Middle Temple

Appointments

  • Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions

Expertise

  • Family - Children

    Public Law

    Neil appears in all manner of Public Law applications representing parents, children and local authorities. His practice regularly covers applications for care orders, adoption and placement orders, and special guardianship orders.

    He undertakes cases ranging from long term neglect through to serious non accidental injury and death of children. He has extensive experience dealing with complex findings of fact and cross examining expert witness’. Many of his cases involve intricate psychological or psychiatric issues, and chronic addictions.

    Neil has also been instructed in disputes between local authorities as to designation and disputes regarding local authority funding of foster placements.

    Private Law

    Neil has broad expertise in all types of Private Law disputes both privately and publicly funded.

    His experience covers representing parents and children in disputes regarding all manner of family arrangements. He has undertaken many “difficult” private law disputes concerning allegations or findings of serious domestic violence, sexual abuse, and parents who are implacably hostile or suffer psychological or psychiatric issues. He has dealt with a number of enforcement applications.

    Neil is also regularly instructed in schedule 1 applications for financial relief for children.  He has a wealth of experience dealing with prohibited steps and injunctive relief applications under the Family Law Act. He deals with contested application for change of names.

    Neil advises and represents parents in applications for relocation (both internal and international) and child abduction (Hague and non-Hague) along with enforcement and recognition of orders (Brussels II revised).

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  • Family - Finance

    Neil has built a solid and expanding matrimonial finance practice advising and representing clients in all aspects of financial remedy applications and in cases involving significant family wealth. He is more than happy dealing with cases involving trusts; company assets; pension valuation; and inherited wealth. Neil’s experience covers freezing orders; variation and enforcement of financial orders; and alleged hidden assets.

    Neil also has considerable expertise in applications for financial relief for children under schedule 1 Children Act 1989.

    Neil is in particular demand in relation to complex applications under TOLATA 1996 and cohabitation disputes. He regularly drafts pleadings and appears on behalf of claimants, defendants and interveners. Cases undertaken often involve substantial assets; farms; company assets; and inherited property.

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  • Property and Private Client

    Neil drafts papers and appears at trial in Fast Track and Multi Track Chancery matters.

    His experience includes applications relating to easements; rights of way; rights to light; nuisance; the Party Wall Act; and boundary disputes.

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  • Public Access

    Neil is accredited by the Bar Council to undertake direct public access work and has advised and represented a significant number of clients directly. He accepts instruction pursuant to direct access in all the areas listed on his profile.

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