Chris Godfrey

Chris Godfrey
Called: 1993
Qualifications: BA (HONS) CANTAB
Ranked in Chambers UK Bar - Leading Individual

Contact and Clerk


Clerk: Mr Gareth Latchem

“An incisive advocate with a critical eye for detail” Legal 500 2017

“He is someone who works very well with both clients and solicitors.  He has a very good understanding of the issues and is able to deliver precise points in a calm manner; his advocacy skills are exceptional.” Chambers and Partners 2016

Chris is head of the family team.

Practice Areas

Mainly public law, child protection work, representing local authorities, parents, grandparents, guardians and children.

Private law cases – residence, contact, prohibited steps; with a particular interest in cases involving surrogacy arrangements.

Applications for emigration and removal from the jurisdiction.

Domestic violence fact-finding and injunction proceedings.

Family law appeals.


Notable Cases

Re J (Leave to Remove: Urgent Case) [2006] EWCA Civ 1897

Re N (A Child) Also known as Re P (Surrogacy: Residence) Court of Appeal [2007] 1 FLR 198


1993 Lincoln’s Inn

Professional Memberships

Member of the Family Law Bar Association
Western Circuiteer since 2007


Cycling, sea swimming, chess
Married father of two

Counsel in Manchester and Preston 1993 to 2006; Exeter Counsel 2006 to date.

Our Members

Our Barristers

Practice Areas