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Christine Riley

Year of call 1974, Gray's Inn  

Areas of Expertise

'She has expertise in financial remedy cases.'

Legal 500, 2017

"Recommended for all areas of children and family law."

Legal 500, 2016

"Well respected in all aspects of her broad practice."

Legal 500 2014



Christine Riley is Head of the Family Team and has practiced exclusively at the Family Bar for many years. She practices mainly on the Northern Circuit in the High Court and other Family Courts.

Christine Riley represents parents with learning difficulties and mental health difficulties, including work for the Official Solicitor. She also has considerable experience of working with intermediaries, of children giving oral evidence and of representing parents from different cultures.

Christine Riley has extensive experience in childcare work, acting regularly for guardians and parents in cases including serious non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and emotional abuse and neglect.


  • Christine was involved in a High Court case where a baby suffered multiple fractures which had been inflicted on separate occasions.
  • She also has recently been involved in a sex trafficking case.

Scholarships and Prizes

Gray's Inn Award


Child Concern
Family Law Bar Association


Bury Grammar School
Manchester University LLB (Hons) Law
College of Law, Chancery Lane, London

Prescribed Information

Miss Christine Riley is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Miss Christine Riley can be found here.

Miss Christine Riley’s clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Miss Christine Riley to undertake court work for a brief fee plus refreshers for additional days. Advisory work, paper work and conferences are usually charged at an hourly rate, although fixed fees are available. Miss Christine Riley also accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here. Miss Christine Riley will typically return paperwork within 21 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect this timescale.

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