Christopher Hopkins

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Christopher is a specialist regulatory, coronial and professional misconduct barrister who qualified at the bar following a period of service in the British Army. His experience includes over ten years working as an in-house barrister most recently in a top-ranked regulatory team at an international law firm. Chris is therefore able to adapt between working well in a team alongside solicitors and lay clients or as an individual depending upon what is required. He is Direct Access accredited.
Given his regulatory background, Chris is highly experienced in representing interested persons (including employers and organisations, drivers and the bereaved) at coroners’ inquests. His professional misconduct work has led to him representing police officers, medical professionals, NHS Trusts and Local Authorities at inquests.
"Always completely on top of the facts and has outstanding attention to detail. He is brilliant with clients, an excellent advocate, and his knowledge of the law in relation to inquests is highly impressive."
Legal 500 2023 Inquests and Inquiries
Notable Cases
Examples of Chris’s recent work include the following:
Article 2 Coroner’s Inquest
Chris is currently instructed to represent the adult social services department of a local authority at a three-day Article 2 inquest following the death of a service user.
Coroner’s Inquest, Inner South London
Chris represented a domiciliary care provider in a remote hearing over two days following the death of a service user. In light of accepted shortcomings by the provider, a paragraph 37 letter was issued but not a prevention of future deaths report.
Coroner’s Inquest, Black Country
November 2019
Christopher represented a domiciliary care provider at a three-day Inquest following the death of a service user. A prevention of future deaths report was made but specifically not in respect of the care provider.
Coroner’s Inquest, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire
January 2019
Represented a leading care home provider in a five-day Inquest following the death of a service user at the home. A conclusion of Natural Causes was returned and no prevention of future deaths report was made.
Coroner’s Inquest, Kendal
February 2017
Christopher represented a driver who had been involved in a fatal road traffic collision whilst driving one of his employer’s works vehicles.
Coroner’s Inquest, Worcester
November 2016
Represented both the custody sergeant and arresting officer at an inquest following the death of a drugs user shortly after his release from police custody.
Coroner’s Inquest, Gloucester
May 2016
Christopher was instructed on behalf of the deceased’s family in a week-long jury Inquest following an employee’s death from injuries he sustained in a fall at work.
Coroner’s Inquest, Shrewsbury
December 2015
Represented a nursing professional following the death of a child in her care. The nurse had previously been interviewed under caution by the police in respect of the same matter.
Coroner’s Inquest, Hull
January 2015
Instructed on behalf of a leading swiss passenger lift manufacturer following an accident on a customer’s premises resulting in the death of a lift engineer.
Appointed to List B of the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law.

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