Portrait of Christopher Butterfield

Christopher Butterfield

Year of Call 2004

Professional Practice

Chris practises across the full range of family law work with a particular emphasis or both public and private children work, including complex fact-finding hearings involving disputed medical evidence and international children issues.  He is also regularly instructed in financial remedy proceedings, including those involving international issues, trusts and company assets.

  • Notable Cases

    • Re Z (a child: DOLS: lack of secure placement)
      [2020] EWHC 1928 (Fam)
    • Birmingham Children’s Trust v K
      [2020] EWHC 861 (Fam)
    • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: The Internet

      Read Judgment
    • Re: D (a child)
      [2014] EWFC B188
    • Re B (A Child)
      [2014] 1 FLR 900
    • Re B (Care Order: Jurisdiction)
      [2013] EWCA Civ 1434 (FLR forthcoming)
    • Devon County Council v EB & Ors (Minors)
      [2013] EWHC 968 (Fam)
    • A v B (jurisdiction)
      [2012] 1 FLR 768
    • Re B (care order: adjournment of fact-finding hearing)
      [2010] 2 FLR 1445
    • Re J (leave to remove: urgent case)
      [2007] 1 FLR 2033
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Author of the Children chapter in Cohabitation: Law and Precedents, Sweet & Maxwell

    • Recent lectures have included: domestic violence and substance abuse in children cases; enforcement of contact orders; and financial remedies update.

  • Personal Information

    MA (Cantab) 1st class – Emmanuel College, Cambridge. LLM – King’s College London. Diplôme universitaire d’études juridique françaises - Université de Poitiers. Chris has three young children. When time allows, he enjoys mountain walking and scrambling and running occasional half marathons.


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit