Practice Summary

Christopher Forsyth holds the chair of Public Law and Private International Law at the University of Cambridge. He is the author with the late Sir William Wade, QC of Administrative Law (9th ed, 2004) a standard work on the subject cited regularly by courts and counsel through the common law world. He is the author of more than nine other books on different aspects of public law and private international law as well as about 100 journal articles.

His books include Private International Law – the Modern Roman-Dutch Law including the Jurisdiction of the High Courts (4th ed., 2003) which is an authoritative work on the subject in Roman-Dutch jurisdictions.

He is a Recorder and regularly sits in the Crown Court as a judge. He is also a Bencher of the Inner Temple.

The two books mentioned define Christopher Forsyth’s major areas of practice. He accepts instructions in all areas of constitutional and administrative law but particularly those where difficult issues of principle arise. In addition he regularly advises several governments on matters of administrative and constitutional law of the greatest moment.

His practice in private international law (conflict of laws) tends to concentrate on cases where South Africa and England are the jurisdictions involved. But he accepts instructions in all areas including, in particular, the Brussels I regulation (jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of European judgments).


In addition he has considerable experience of all aspects of university discipline (including judicial review of disciplinary proceedings). He has also given expert evidence on questions of South African law.

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