Christopher Machin

Year of call 2017

Personal Injury

Christopher joined the Bar in 2017 after a successful career as a history teacher and assistant-head of a secondary school. He is currently building his practice across all areas of personal injury and has represented claimants and defendants in small claims, stage 3 hearings and fast track trials.

Credit Hire

Christopher has represented claimants and defendants in credit hire cases in numerous small claims and fast track cases. He has an excellent understanding of the issues and case law in relation to need, impecuniosity, enforceability, period, rate, duty to mitigate, etc. Whilst representing claimants, he has been successful in striking out basic hire rate reports and intervention letters in order to secure the full credit hire rate. 

Christopher is able to quickly assess the strengths of claimants as witnesses and knows when to settle a case on the best possible terms at the door of court. When acting for defendants, Christopher has succeeded in reducing awards to rates significantly below those put forward in the defendant's own basic hire rate report. Despite the judgment in Irving v Morgan Sindall PLC, he has also succeeded in relation to enforceability arguments.