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 Children Act and Family Law Act work, Christina has a particular interest in matters involving families who manage or face challenges due to disability.

Christina has nurtured a strong Spanish and Portuguese-speaking client base throughout the UK, 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.

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.

Christina has extensive experience as a trial advocate, having worked in criminal prosecution and defence for over a decade. Christina uses her broad 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. 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.

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.

Christina holds Direct Public Access and Litigation Extension qualifications, which means she can go on the record in the same way as a solicitor.

Pro bono

Christina has contributed to the work of numerous women’s charities including Latin America Women’s Aid, Latin American House, Solace Women’s Aid and the Croydon Family Justice Centre 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

  • Student Open day, Middle Temple, 26 March 2022
  • International law, Conflict & Disability, Bringing [Dis]Ability to the Bar, 28 March 2022
  • Neurodiversity and Disability, Neurodiversity in Law, 22 March 2022
  • Celebrating Disabled Women in Law, Association of Disabled Lawyers, 14 March 2022
  • How far have we come? Celebrating Women at the Bar, International Women’s Day event, Middle Temple, 10 March 2022
  • Brining [Dis]Ability to the Bar X Women High Up, International Women’s Day Event, 8 March 2022
  • Brining [Dis]Ability to the Bar Launch, 28 January 2022
  • ‘Applying for Pupillage as a Disabled* Person or Person with Physical and Mental Health Conditions’, AllBar, 21 January 2022
  • 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
  • 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.Publications 
    Bar Council 
  • Women In Law, Guest Blog, March 2022
  • Guest blog: Greater representation is needed of those with visible and nonvisible disabilities at the Bar, 17 June 2021 Counsel 
  • War crimes in Ukraine: The international legal response, May 2022
  • COVID’s impact on the welfare of companion animals, 24 February 2022
  • Banning Conversion Therapy, February 2022
  • 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.The Barrister 
  • UN Security Council considers devastating Impact on international conflict on disabled women and girls, Hilary Term issue, 2022.
  • The Cyber Violence Crisis – why are women still the primary victims?, Hilary Term issue 2022.

Languages spoken:

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

Interested in instructing Miss Warner?

Please call 020 7353 6802 or complete the form below:

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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


Appointments


  • Disability Panel, Bar Council, February 2022.
  • Bar Council Social Mobility Advocate, October 2021
  • Counsel at the International Criminal Court – 2017
  • Middle Temple advocacy trainer
  • Magistrate – criminal court (adult) – 2008
  • Magistrate – family court – 2014
  • Magistrate – crown court (appeals) – 2013

Recognition


  • 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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