Christina Warner

Christina Warner

Call: 2014

“Christina is extremely efficient and professional. She has a very human touch, is pragmatic and it is reassuring to have her on your team.”

Natalie Ip, Consultant Solicitor – WT LAW LLP (2021)

“…fantastic, professional, knowledgeable and powerful. Which is what you need representing you in court.”

Client, Fisher Wright Solicitors (2021)

“I regularly instruct Christina in all family matters. She is fully prepared and presents well-thought-out and practical arguments in favour of our clients. Her pragmatic approach to family law sets her apart.”

Figen Demiri (LLM) Solicitor | Family and Immigration (2021)

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Undertaking all aspects of private law and Family Law Act work, Christina has a particular interest in matters involving 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 and dealing with experts from other jurisdictions. Christina has a Litigation Extension which means she can go on the record in the same way as a solicitor.

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 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.

Christina has significant experience as a trial advocate, having worked in criminal prosecution and defence for over a decade. Christina uses her extensive witness handling skills to their fullest within contested hearings and has been credited for her analysis and use of evidence which she attributes to her time as a prosecutor.

Before 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 voluntary duty solicitor at the Croydon Family Justice Centre. During her time there, she dealt with various cases but mainly advised on matters involving domestic violence or welfare and 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 charities, GALOP and Broken Rainbow, offering training on legal approaches surrounding domestic abuse and the court process.

Speaking appointments

  • Access Ability Event (Invisible Disabilities) in collaboration with Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, 13 December 2021.
  • Riverside Radio, interview, 19 November 2021.
  • Interview, UK Disability History Month 2021
  • Appointed Bar Council Social Mobility Advocate, October 2021.
  • In collaboration with Advocates for Animals, Understanding Animal Protection Law, webinar, 8 April 2021
  • Protecting Companion Animals, Domestic Abuse and the Family Courts – Perspectives from England & Wales, webinar in collaboration with Positive Links, 2 September 2020.
  • Domestic Abuse and CoVid-19, webinar in collaboration with Positive Links, 6 May 2020.
  • Keynote speaker at the National LGBT Domestic Abuse conference: Recognise & Respond: Strengthening advocacy for LGBT+ survivors of domestic abuse, 9 May 2019.


Bar Council 

  • Guest blog: Greater representation is needed of those with visible and nonvisible disabilities at the Bar, 17 June 2021 


  • Daily Battles of the Differently Abled, December 2021
  • The ICC, the Rome Statute and crimes against the LGBT community, July 2021
  • Women’s safety: attitudes must change, May 2021
  • Draft Domestic Abuse Bill: Progress or Pitfall, May 2019.
  • ICC: court of last resort, December 2016.

Criminal Bar Quarterly 

  • How departure from the ICC by African states has triggered immunity vs impunity debate, Spring 2018.

Criminal Law & Justice Weekly 

  • Increasing sentences for animal cruelty offences, 21 October 2017.
  • ICC & “Honey Trap”, 14 October 2017.
  • NATO’s Article 5, 5 August 2017.
  • How medical fraud is highlighting growing danger of press freedom in Mexico, 26 May 2017.
  • Europe: gender based violence, 4 March 2017.
  • Is the Minsk ceasefire working?, 28 January 2017.
  • Why an Olympic medal strengthens Kosovo’s appeal for independence, 24 January 2017.
  • Street justice? – the war on drugs in the Philippines, 29 October 2016.
  • The International Criminal Court’s draft policy on children, 15 October 2016.

Family Law Journal 

  • LGBT+ families – beyond the ‘alternative’ structure, 24 May 2021
  • The John Edwards inquest – domestic abuse, contact arrangements and children’s wishes and feelings, March 2021.
  • Finding the ‘fact’ in fact-findings: the trouble with PD 12J, June 2019, Vol. 49.

Global Journal of Animal Law 

  • Protecting Companion Animals from Domestic Abuse: A comparative analysis of legal developments in the U.S. and the U.K., Co-written with Dr Marion C. Willetts (Illinois State University), Vol.9 (2021)

Journal of Animal Welfare Law 

  • Domestic violence: the impact on pets’, December 2014.

Legal Woman Magazine 

  • Domestic Abuse and the Latinx Community – Stigma, Status and Stereotypes, 16 July 2021.
  • Career blog, 21 June 2021.
  • The Weekend Read: Violence Against Women and Girls: Are we moving in the right direction?, April 2021.

Magistrate Magazine

  • Update: developments in legislation regarding dangerous dogs, August 2011; re-published in The Journal of Animal Welfare Law, Autumn 2011.
  • Update: Legal Aid and the Magistrates Court, June 2009.
  • Young heads on old shoulders: opening the Bench to a new generation, May 2009.

The Advocate 

  • Review: mobile policing units in London, May 2009.

Languages spoken:

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

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Animal Rights Barrister

Christina has a growing practice in animal protection within family law. Christina has been published on matters concerning animal welfare and domestic abuse and the impact of family law proceedings on companion animals’ lives. Having collaborated with both animal protection and domestic abuse charities in the UK and internationally, Christina has advised on the safeguarding and wellbeing of animals in situations of domestic abuse or circumstances of relationship breakdown, highlighting the role companion animals play in the lives of children who have been subject to family law proceedings.

Family Barrister

Christina undertakes all aspects of private law and Family Law Act work, Christina has a particular interest in dealing with matters involving domestic violence and/or children.

International Criminal Law Barrister

Christina undertook a secondment at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, The Hague where she contributed to the Prosecution Division’s policy on children and assisted in the prosecution of cases involving child soldiers and children involved in sexual slavery. Christina also contributed to the ICC’s advocacy training programme as both a member of the training panel and as an assessor.

Christina was appointed associate counsel to the ICC in December 2017, permitting her to represent victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Areas of practice


  • Counsel at the International Criminal Court – 2017
  • Middle Temple advocacy trainer
  • Magistrate – criminal court (adult) – 2008
  • Magistrate – crown court (appeals) – 2013
  • Magistrate – family court – 2014



  • MTSA Disability History Month Exhibition 2021.
  • Finalist – Mentor of the Year, FL Leadership Summit & Awards 2021.
  • Finalist – Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year, Advocate Pro Bono Awards, 2021.
  • Finalist – Barrister of the Year, Next 100 Years, Inspirational Women in Law Awards, 2021.
  • Finalist – Disability Inclusion, UK Diversity Legal Awards, 2021.
  • Finalist – Diversity Champion, UK Diversity Legal Awards, 2021.
  • Winner – Family Law Barrister of the Year (UK) – Lawyer Monthly Magazine, Women in Law Awards, 2021.
  • Winner – Rising Star in Law, WeAreTheCity Awards, 2021.
  • Shortlisted – Rising Star in Law, WeAreTheCity Awards, 2019.
  • Finalist – Lawyer of the Year, UK Diversity Legal Awards, 2018.
  • Finalist – Diversity Champion, UK Diversity Legal Awards, 2018.
  • Amnesty UK’s Suffragette Spirit campaign, March 2018.

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