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Christopher Neale

Solicitor Advocate, Manchester

Chris is an experience and skilled advocate. He joined DWF Chambers in May 2022, having spent over four years working as an in-house Advocate for national claimant and defendant law firms.
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Chris has extensive experience in civil litigation, personal injury and counter-fraud practice that include all elements of EL/PL and RTA litigation; in addition to having a wealth of experience in credit hire disputes, and disputes containing allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty. He also has a developing practice in coronial and tribunal work, including public inquiries and inquests. 
Chris also has experience as a reviewing lawyer for private prosecutions brought arising from findings of fundamental dishonesty in civil proceedings.
Chris is regularly instructed to attend hearings ranging from interlocutory matters, through to Fast Track Trials, CCMCs, and appeal hearings; and appears in Court on a daily basis. He also maintains a busy paperwork and advisory practice.
His experience extends beyond his years as a qualified advocate. Prior to his admittance to the Rolls in 2018 as a Solicitor Advocate, Chris was called to the Bar in 2010 by The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple - this itself following in excess of seven years pre-call experience in Chambers across the northern circuit - and over the next eight years worked as a solicitor's agent dealing with personal injury and property disputes, as an unpaid assistant to the Director of Prosecutions (Isle of Man) dealing with complex criminal cases; before returning to work for a leading claimant law firm practicing in personal injury; and to sit as a lay magistrate.
Chris welcomes instructions for oral advocacy, as well as advisory work and drafting of pleadings.

Career Path

  • Called to the Bar (Middle Temple): November 2010
  • Lay Magistrate: 2016 - 2017
  • Admitted to the Rolls (Solicitor): January 2018
  • Qualified as Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience – Civil:January 2018


  • Blackstone Exhibitioner Scholarship (Middle Temple): 2009
  • MTYBA Annual Advocacy Competition – Winner: 2012
  • Modern Claim Awards Employee of the Year – Highly Commended2017