Christopher Sharp QC > Chambers of Susan Hunter > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Susan Hunter
St John's Chambers

Work Department

Family & Divorce, Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Court of Protection, Professional Negligence


A personal injury and family law specialist with many years experience, who is acknowledged as one of the leading family and personal injury silks on the circuit, and is a former Head of St John’s Chambers, and subsequently of the Family Practice Group. Wide experience of the appellate courts, both Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. Widely known for his expertise in high-value financial remedy cases in which he is equally at home negotiating multimillion-pound settlements or fighting them in court. Instructed by local authorities, parents, guardians and the official solicitor in cases involving the serious injury or death of a child, cases that always involve complex medical evidence. Because of his expertise in the field of personal injury, he is instructed in divorces involving catastrophic injury to one partner where the subsequent financial remedy proceedings involve financial complexities surrounding the damages awarded. In his personal injury practice, he has particularly strong expertise in catastrophic injuries (brain damage and spinal injuries), complex medical causation issues and appellate matters. Dealing with multimillion-pound claims for both claimant and defendant clients, he is well known for his ability swiftly to identify the key issues in a case, for the depth of his knowledge and for his understanding of highly technical medical points on which a case may stand or fall. Work is almost exactly 50/50 claimant and defendant.


Called 1975; QC 1999; recorder 2004, authorised to hear financial remedy cases 2018; deputy High Court judge (Family) 2011; visiting fellow University of the West of England, regularly contributes articles to the professional press and lectures on subjects related to his areas of practice; Elected a Bencher of the Inner Temple in July 2016.


Family Law Bar Association (founder and former chair of the Bristol branch); Personal Injury Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association.


University of Oxford (MA).


Real tennis, skiing, sailing, theatre and former Trustee of the Quartet Community Foundation.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Silks: Divorce and Financial Remedy) Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher Sharp QCSt John’s ChambersAn outstanding advocate with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and infallible judgement.

(Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)) Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher Sharp QCSt John’s ChambersAn outstanding advocate with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and infallible judgement.

St John’s Chambers is home to a large team of family barristers specialising in high-profile public and private family matters on the Western Circuit. Abigail Bond heads the children law team and specialises in care proceedings, while Zoe Saunders heads the family finance team, covering heavyweight financial remedy cases involving multiple properties, trusts of land, and farms. Andrew Commins is noted for his expertise in family finance matters; Christopher Sharp QC focuses on child care cases involving extreme abuse and injury; and the head of chambers on the Western Circuit, Susan Hunter, is an ‘excellent advocate‘ who appears on behalf of parents, guardians, local authorities and state institutions.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher Sharp QCSt John’s ChambersUnparalleled forensic analysis of deeply complex issues, combined with practical common sense.