Chris is a partner in the liability team in Manchester. He qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1997 and joined Kennedys in 2009. He supervises a team handling employers’ and public liability claims. He has extensive experience in defending claims including fatalities and inquests.

His clients include employers’ and public liability insurers, brokers, liability adjusters and corporate entities and self-insureds.

Chris has represented several national construction companies and national house builders in relation to fast and multi-track personal injury claims.

Chris has a particular niche in sports-related claims. He is the nominated solicitor for UK Athletics and British Cycling. Notable cases include the successful defence of a claim against an athletics coach brought by an international athlete who suffered bilateral stress fractures allegedly caused by the athlete’s training regime (Davenport v Farrow).

A further example was the successful representation of British Cycling in relation to the duties of the organiser of a cycle race held on public roads (Brown v Brent and British Cycling Federation).

Chris has presented seminars on the pre action protocol, claims defensibility and evidence gathering, Part 36, vicarious liability and the impact of Jackson Reforms.

Chris is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1997
Excellent technical expertise and client engagement.

Market recognition

  • Nominated by respondents for delivering outstanding service in the last 12 months
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Monitor 2023
  • Leading Individual and recommended lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (North West)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Leading Individual and recommended lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (North West)'
    "Despite Christopher Oldfield being a partner, he is always happy to discuss cases in detail and will readily answer any questions I have. He is very quick to respond to emails and calls which is always appreciated."
    "Christopher Oldfield has a strong reputation in the constructions, leisure and sports sectors."
    The Legal 500 UK 2022
  • Leading Individual and recommended lawyer for 'Personal injury: Defendant (North West)'
    "Christopher Oldfield is recommended for employers’ liability and public liability claims on behalf of insurer and corporate claims."
    The Legal 500 UK 2021
  • Leading Individual for 'Personal injury: defendant (North West)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (North West)'
    "…the ‘strategic’ Christopher Oldfield who ‘never loses sight of the bigger picture and has a calm and reassuring manner with his clients’."
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Work highlights

  • Handling a claim from an amateur cyclist who sustained a severe brain injury after falling in an organised track race. Currently in a persistent, vegetative state.
  • Managing a claim from an amateur cyclist who was rendered paraplegic when he fell during an organised sportive event.
  • Handling a claim from an international triple jump athlete for Great Britain who missed selection for London 2012 due to an injury caused by a piece of defective training equipment whilst warm-weather training abroad.
  • Defending a claim from a serving police officer for £500,000 following a fall whilst working in a secondary job at the insured’s hotel. The claimant alleges that ongoing symptoms preclude promotion to Sergeant and make it likely that she will be medically retired.
  • Managed a £1m head injury claim from an employee of a contractor working on a building site for which the insured was the principal contractor. The client was brought into the proceedings as an additional party from whom the claimant’s employer sought a contribution. The matter was resolved at mediation with our client making a contribution of £25,000 (costs and damages).