About Chris

Chris is a Partner and Head of the Family Law Department.

Having qualified as a Solicitor in 1994, his practice has exclusively covered a wide spectrum of family law issues. He regularly advises spouses and civil partners in relation to divorce and financial matters arising out of the breakdown of marriages and also advises on the drafting of cohabitation, pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and separation agreements.

Chris is an experienced and respected court advocate and has represented parties in cases which have been cited in the Law Reports and on matters which have attracted national media coverage.

He has also acted for and against people in the public domain.

Chris has been a long standing member of the Law Society’s specialist Children Panel since 1999 and was elected to the North and West Yorkshire Regional Committee of Resolution in 2013.  He is also the Press Officer for the Regional Committee which covers West and North Yorkshire.

Clients value the depth and breadth of experience, pragmatism and detail that Chris offers when advising, negotiating or litigating in family law matters.

He is often instructed to advise Local Authorities on a wide range of child protection issues, prior to and following issue of proceedings.

Chris is a member of the firm’s Family Business team. He is able to advise business owners on how best to protect their wealth and business assets in the event of a marital breakdown.

He also advises schools in relation to their internal policies, procedures and responsibilities and ensures policies are compliant with regulation and law.

Chris also has experience in representing parents in appeals against Local Authorities decisions and has been instructed to represent parents at a First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability).

He is a regular author of articles in local newspapers which cover various topical family law issues.

When not at work

When not at work Chris enjoys walking which is sometimes combined with the odd game of golf. Otherwise, he enjoys the theatre, cinema, music, and cooking.

Professional Societies

  • Law Society
  • Leeds Law Society
  • Member of Resolution
  • Member of Law Society’s specialist Children’s Panel
  • Resolution Regional Committee Member

Specialisms

Sectors that Christopher is involved in:

Education

Accreditations / Awards

Considering options for the future of a family business

The Post Nup, the Silver Splitter and the Family Business

The term 'pre-nup' is widely used and understood through all aspects of Family Law as a way to protect your assets. But how can a

Pencil iconBy Christopher Burns on 22nd May 2019

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Spouses will no longer have to play the “blame game” under new divorce reforms

Groundbreaking reforms have been announced the Justice Secretary to bring in legislation for 'no-fault' divorces, this is a huge step to reducing the amount of

Pencil iconBy Sophie Arrowsmith on 11th April 2019

Schools' obligations to disabled pupils

Keeping our children safe in school

Children’s safety should come as standard in all school’s without exception, which makes safeguarding paramount for any education establishment.

Pencil iconBy Christopher Burns on 5th April 2019

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

When do informal agreements between unmarried couples about property become binding?

Informal agreements never seem to be taken seriously at the time, but what if the discussions you have and they agreements you make hold weight

Pencil iconBy Sophie Arrowsmith on 20th March 2019

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Going through Separation or Divorce? What are your options?

A divorce or separation can be a very emotionally draining process for both parties that are involved. But there are options to reduce the stress

Pencil iconBy Richard Buckley on 15th March 2019

Divorce Day – Why Monday 7th January 2019 is the day to Divorce.

The Hacking of Ashley Madison: Evidence of Adultery?

For those of you living under a rock who still haven’t heard of it, Ashley Madison is the adulterer’s website, where people in

Pencil iconBy Christopher Burns on 11th February 2019

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Is the Amazon boss likely to lose a packet?

Less than a fortnight into the new calendar year and only a few days after ‘Divorce Day’, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie,

Pencil iconBy Christopher Burns on 11th January 2019

Considering options for the future of a family business

The Family Business and Divorce

Dealing with the stress and emotional trauma of a divorce is difficult at the best of times.

Pencil iconBy Christopher Burns on 9th January 2019

Are you ready for the new data protection laws?

Beware the risks of failing to disclose safeguarding concerns to a school’s governing body

A recent decision of the Supreme Court has highlighted the perils of failing to disclose safeguarding concerns to a school’s governing body.

Pencil iconBy Christopher Burns on 19th June 2018

Divorce Day – Why Monday 7th January 2019 is the day to Divorce.

Cohabitation Awareness

You may have seen the recent press coverage highlighting Cohabitation Awareness Week which ran from 27 November to 1 December 2017.

Pencil iconBy Christopher Burns on 5th January 2018

Schools' obligations to disabled pupils

Schools’ obligations to disabled pupils

Under the Equality Act 2010, schools and education authorities are under a duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils.

Pencil iconBy Christopher Burns on 29th August 2017

Divorce Day – Why Monday 7th January 2019 is the day to Divorce.

Have you ever ignored your spouse’s text messages?

A woman in Taiwan has been recently granted a divorce, using the "Read" indicators on the Line messages she had sent to her husband as

Pencil iconBy Christopher Burns on 24th July 2017

I instructed Chris Burns to draw up a post nuptial agreement as I was undertaking a management buy out of my business. Chris provided clear, practical and pragmatic advice. He was assisted by Richard Buckley and together they were able to advise me about and draw up the Agreement and helped me reach my objective diligently and efficiently.

Steve Adams

Mattress Online

Lupton Fawcett's Family team is recognised as a 'solid family practice' headed by Chris Burns who is described as a 'top-class advocate'

Legal 500, November 2018

To the point, direct and no-nonsense approach: he tells it like it is and he is very good at what he does.

Chambers & Partners UK

Chris Burns heads the practice and is 'a top-class advocate'; he handles a range of family and financial remedy matters and has a specialism for children's work.

The Legal 500 2018 Legal Directory

The Legal 500 2017 legal directory ranks Chris as a leading individual and commends his team. Clients single out Lupton Fawcett LLP’s family law practice for its ‘professional, pragmatic and client-focused service, great attention to detail and specialist expertise’. Headed by Christopher Burns (‘particularly good at cohabitation disputes’), the practice provides region-wide coverage to high-net-worth and privately funded clients from its offices in Leeds, York and Sheffield, with particular emphasis on financial provision issues arising from family breakdown.

The Legal 500 UK 2017

Thank you, Chris, for all you have done to help me.

Ms K

I was heartened by the detailed responses both in the meeting and via email that Chris was able to give – he seems to have a very clear handle on the situation and is doing his best to keep you appraised of your rights.

Financial Adviser to Lady G

Excellent service was offered.

What a great job Chris did to finalise the court orders and hearing for us.

Mr & Mrs F

Very pleased with the service.

Mrs W

You provided me with clear, sensible and sound advice that was easy to understand

Mr P

“It is a great reflection on the advice we give, and the way we handle matters, that many new cases come through recommendations from former clients.”

Chris Burns, Lupton Fawcett Head of Family Law

1991

Completed LL.B (Hons) degree

Qualified as a Solicitor

Assistant Solicitor at Lee & Priestley LLP

Salaried Partner at Lee & Priestley LLP

Equity Partner at Lee & Priestley LLP

Director at Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley

Director at Lupton Fawcett LLP

Appointed as the Regional Committee's Press Officer for North Yorkshire Resolution

Appointed as the Regional Committee's Press Officer for West and North Yorkshire Resolution

Appointed Head of Family Law at Lupton Fawcett LLP

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