Christopher Bates


Year of Call: 2016

Practice Group(s): Crime

Portrait of Christopher Bates

2015-16 Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law Birmingham, Very Competent
2011-14 LLB Law, Keele University, Upper Second Class


Middle Temple Atkin Chambers Scholarship
University of Law Presidents Award

Practice Profile:

Having recently completed pupillage under the supervision of Bernard Richmond QC, and subsequently Michael Newport, Christopher is eager to build his practice in criminal law. Despite the challenges the system face, Christopher enjoys working in criminal justice.

Christopher has an interest in cases involving a mental health dimension, especially within the magistrates’ court. Further to this he also enjoys the challenge of cases which consider Modern Slavery, the theoretical requirements of the defence, and how they apply in a practical context presents an interesting challenge.

In his spare time Christopher enjoys a range of hobbies. He is an enthusiastic cook and an avid follower of the NFL. He is also heavily involved with the Honourable Society of Middle Temple. As a member of Hall Committee he is interested with projects advancing inclusivity at the Bar.

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Middle Temple Hall Committee, Elected Member
Middle Temple LGBTQ+ Forum, Steering Group Member and Founding member
University of Law Disability Support Mentor