Barrister

Christina Warner

Christina Warner

Call 2014

020 7832 3200

Christina manages a busy practice advising and representing clients in a range of family matters including private law, public law and financial proceedings.

Christina accepts direct access cases.

Undertaking all aspects of private law family work, Christina has a particular interest in dealing with matters concerning domestic violence and/or children.  She has represented clients with an international aspect to their cases and has been instructed in cases where the Hague Convention applies.  This has often required cross-jurisdictional disclosure applications and research into the legal workings of other countries, as well as dealing with experts from other jurisdictions.

Christina has nurtured a strong Spanish and Portuguese-speaking client base throughout London, building ties with many charities and representing individuals from these communities. Particularly interested in assisting those from non-traditional or alternative family structures, Christina has advised non-biological parents, single carers and same sex couples as to the legal recourse available to them, especially when considering matters surrounding human rights.

Recent cases of interest

  • London Borough of Bromley (Re. BM) – Successful reunification of child with mother after lengthy care proceedings concerning cross-jurisdictional SGO applications and matters of local authority designation;
  • K A-B v PM – Contested divorce proceedings. Successfully opposing a contested divorce application in light of a fraudulent immigration application on the basis of falsified marriage documents;
  • London Borough of Hillingdon (Re. KK) – Application for leave to oppose the making of an adoption order;
  • O-W v O-W – Application at High Court for injunctive relief in light of pending matrimonial finance proceedings and concerns for the disposal of assets;
  • RO v SA – Acting on behalf of the respondent in the opposing of the making of an occupation order in light of allegations of bigamy.

Prior to being called to the bar in 2014, Christina was admitted to the roll of solicitors in September 2012, and worked at numerous Legal 500 firms. Throughout her legal career, she has also worked as a legal journalist and interpreter.

From October 2012 to March 2013, Christina was duty solicitor at the Croydon Family Justice Centre. During her time there, she dealt with a variety of cases but mainly advised on matters involving domestic violence or safety risks to children.

Pro bono
Christina has contributed to the work of numerous women’s and LGBTQ+ charities including Latin America Women’s Aid, Latin American House, and Solace Women’s Aid, and was the legal trainer for LGBT charity, Broken Rainbow, offering training to volunteer call-takers on legal approaches surrounding domestic abuse and the court process.

Education

LLM (Queen Mary University of London)
LLB (Hons) English and Spanish Law (University of Kent)
Diploma en Derecho Español (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Languages

Spanish (native)
Portuguese (intermediate)
French (basic)