Christopher Barnes

Call 2000

“an outstanding operator”

Legal 500 2022
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Practice Overview

Chris has specialised in military claims for many years.

He has represented the claimants in numerous claims against the MOD including NFCIs (in excess of 100 such claims); NIHL (with particular emphasis on combat-related deafness); bullying, harassment and assault (including serious sexual assaults and rape); pelvic stress fractures; training accidents; aviation accidents (including a number of the Voyager claims); and naval accidents.

He recently recovered £8,000,000 for a serviceman rendered paraplegic by an accident while on adventurous training.



Chris has built up an extensive practice in military claims, including:

Many cases involving Non Freezing Cold Injuries (at least 30 ongoing);

Many cases involving Noise Induced Hearing Loss (at least 20 ongoing);

Numerous other ongoing claims in a range of circumstances and including clinical
negligence (in the services), stress, harassment and bullying;

Fatal accident claim involving a military diver (settled for over £850,000);

Clinical negligence claim involving a developing cauda equina syndrome
(settled for £1,000,000);

Counsel for the Claimant (Led by Amanda Yip Q.C.) in Birch v Ministry of Defence (2012)
EWHC 2267 (QB) and (2013) EWCA Civ 676;

Counsel for the Claimant in Bradlaugh v Ministry of Defence (Lawtel, 29.4.10, £329,000
awarded for moderate deafness/tinnitus);

Counsel for the successful Claimant at first instance and on appeal in Lillington v
Ministry of Defence [2015] EWCA Civ 775;

Counsel for the Claimant in Ifede v Ministry of Defence [2015] EWHC 3835 (QB)

A claim arising from an accident during adventurous training with a settlement agreed of £8,000,000 plus provisional damages relating to syringomyelia (for a paraplegic claimant).