Christine is Managing Partner of the Manchester office and heads the "effective, efficient" and "straight-talking, friendly bunch" (Chambers & Partners) that makes up the Family practice, also based in the Manchester office.


She has practised matrimonial work for over 30 years and, according to Legal 500, "the best financial relief lawyer in Manchester" an excellent reputation for her work, due to her 'steely determination to get the job done'. Her expertise is matrimonial finance involving high-net-worth individuals, with complex business assets, pensions, trust and tax issues.

She is highly sought after on a national basis and has a substantial practice in London and the surrounding regions, Cumbria and the Midlands.

Christine was chair and main sponsor of the Four Jurisdictions Conference Committee 2008, as she has been a keen supporter of this event for a number of years, bringing together matrimonial lawyers from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and the Northern Circuit of England and Wales.


“Team head Christine Barker is recognised for her experience in matrimonial finance and is often sought out by high-profile figures with complex financial issues to be resolved.”

"Laytons has a ‘strong reputation in the market’. The ‘empathetic’ Christine Barker heads the team and is praised for her ‘no-nonsense and straight-talking approach’. She is ably assisted by the ‘very experienced’ Liz Bottrill, who ‘fights her clients’ corner but also adopts a sensible approach during negotiations’. The team advises on the full spectrum of issues including divorce, financial settlements, children issues and cohabitation disputes. It represents high-net-worth individuals and high-profile figures in the North West such as television celebrities, sports personalities, entrepreneurs and wealthy local figures and their spouses."

"Although smaller than other teams, Laytons represents many high-net-worth and high-profile individuals. Christine Barker is ‘a consummate performer in this field', and for some ‘the best ancillary relief solicitor in Manchester'."

"Laytons family practice is led by Christine Barker, who receives high praise from clients and intermediaries; she has a wealth of experience, exudes confidence, and is brilliant with clients."

Chambers & Partners

"Christine Barker is a "tough negotiator" with a strong reputation for fighting her client's corner. She draws on 30 years' experience in matrimonial law, and regularly handles financial proceedings with international trust and property dimensions."

"The Family team is known for its quality service and attention to details. "It's effective, efficient and - in comparison to other city centre firms - offers very competitive rates". Christine Barker combines a wealth of experience with a steely determination to get the job done in a proactive and commercial manner".


"I Just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help over the past few months. I was absolutely terrified at the thought of going through this nightmare. Your help throughout the process has comforted me and made me see things in a clear and realistic way. Your expertise and advice with regards to my case has led me to the best possible outcome firstly in relation to what is best for myself and my children and also with regards to the costs involved."


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