Christopher Miller

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Christopher is instructed to act on behalf of parents and children in the most complex of private law disputes, often involving alleged intractable hostility and/or serious allegations of parental abuse. He has extensive experience of litigation concerning the proposed permanent international relocation of children.

Christopher regularly appears on behalf of local authorities, parents and children’s guardians in cases involving complex expert medical evidence and/or disputed scientific evidence. He also has a particular interest in public law cases which have an interface with immigration or international issues.

Reported cases
28th October 2015 | Bailii

Re CB (No. 3) (Adoption and Children Act 2002) [2015] EWHC 3274 (Fam)

Christopher Miller represented the Local Authority in the third reported judgment in these proceedings.  Here, Moylan J deals with the proposed adopters' application for an Adoption Order, which was opposed by the mother - supported by representations made on behalf of the Latvian authorities.  The application was granted.
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16th August 2015 | Jordan's

Re CB (A Child) (No. 2) (Adoption Proceedings: Vienna Convention) [2016] 1 FLR 1286

The Court of Appeal provides definitive guidance on issues relating to the interface between ECHR Law, BIIa and domestic adoption jurisprudence.  Christopher Miller represented the Local Authority.
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19th December 2014 | Jordan's

Re CB (A Child) (No. 1) (Adoption Application: Permission To Oppose) [2016] 1 FLR 1261

Christopher Miller represented the Local Authority in an application, made by the mother, for permission to oppose an adoption.  The mother, supported by the Latvian authorities, applied for a transfer of the proceedings to the Latvian court under Art 15 Brussels II Revised, permission to oppose the adoption and contact.  All three applications were refused by Moylan J
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31st March 2011

Re W (Residential Assessment) [2011] EWCA Civ 661; [2011] 2 FLR 1024

Care proceedings — Residential parenting assessment — Public funding of application — Mother mentally ill — Whether appropriate to order residential assessment before psychiatric report obtained — Whether mother's application for residential assessment to be dismissed or adjourned — Funding considerations
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12th August 2008

Re S (Residential Assessment) [2008] EWCA Civ 1078; [2009] 2 FLR 397

Care proceedings — Residential assessment — Delay — Mother's behaviour — Risk that child would lose foster placement — Whether assessment required
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Christopher regularly represents high net worth clients and appears in cases that involve issues such as foreign assets, trusts, nuptial agreements, linked POCA proceedings and complex business assets.

Chris has been interested in the international movement of children and the conflict of laws from the outset of his career. He has represented clients in reported cases concerning the Hague Convention (abduction of children), Brussels II Revised and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations at both High Court and Court of Appeal level.

Reported cases
16th August 2015 | Jordan's

Re CB (A Child) (No. 2) (Adoption Proceedings: Vienna Convention) [2016] 1 FLR 1286

The Court of Appeal provides definitive guidance on issues relating to the interface between ECHR Law, BIIa and domestic adoption jurisprudence.  Christopher Miller represented the Local Authority.
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7th November 2014 | Bailii

C v S [2014] EWHC 3799 (Fam)

Father's application for the summary return of his son to Australia. Application granted.
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What the directories say

“Highly recommended for public law matters” – tier 3
The Legal 500, 2017

“His attention to detail and preparation stand out as does the clarity with which he presents his case in court.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

“He responds quickly to queries and is willing to have discussions out of hours.”
The Legal 500, 2016

” He offers clear, thoughtful and persuasive advocacy.  This is always accompanied by high-quality documentation and attention to detail. He also has a very pleasant, friendly and thoughtful manner with clients.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

“He’s a dream to work with as he’s highly conscientious”
Chambers & Partners 2015

“A solid practitioner, he is thorough and knows the law”
Chambers & Partners 2014

“An excellent advocate with great listening skills”
The Legal 500, 2014

“Exhibits sharp analytical skills, and is always quick to grasp the key issues”
The Legal 500, 2013

Awards

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LEGAL 500 LEADING INDIVIDUAL

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CHAMBERS UK BAR LEADING INDIVIDUAL

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Lincoln’s Inn