Chris Callender

Partner, Head of Claims against Public Authorities


Chris joined Simpson Millar in September 2018, bringing with him 21 years’ post-qualification experience. He has specialised in Criminal Defence, Prison Law, Community Care, Housing Law, Inquests, damages claims for breaches of the Human Rights Act, negligence by public authorities, and Judicial Reviews.

He is also a former legal director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, and has associated media and public affairs/policy experience.

Chris heads a department which handles claims against public bodies and cases involving Public Law. His expertise also includes representing children and young people in their dealings with all areas of the law.

Chris has been named as a next generation partner in Legal 500 2022 Guide.

They said:

"Chris Callender handles a wide range of cases on behalf of individuals, including claims under the Children Act 1989 and claims against the prison system for failing to honour its duty of care".

"Chris Callender is a brilliant partner. His knowledge of all areas of public law relating to children and young people is exceptional. His client care skills with the most vulnerable clients are fantastic, and he always does the utmost to ensure their voices are heard".

Professional Accreditations and Memberships

He is a member of the Inquest Lawyers’ Group, and Community Care Law for Children and Young People network.

Interests outside of work

Chris takes part in triathlons and boxing.

Contact Chris


Request a Callback

This data will only be used by Simpson Millar in accordance with our Privacy Policy for processing your query and for no other purpose