Sir Christopher Sumner

Sir Christopher Sumner

I had the pleasure of working with Sir Christopher Sumner in his role as Consultant Editor of Butterworths Family Law Service from 2007 to 2012. The following is a short tribute to a lovely man that will be published in the September issue of Butterworths Family and Child Law Bulletin:

Former Butterworths Family Law Service Consultant Editor, Sir Christopher Sumner, passed away on the 12th August 2013 aged 73. With his incredible intellect, Sir Christopher will be remembered for his many years as a High Court judge of the Family Division, a role to which he brought thoughtfulness and compassion. As Consultant Editor he contributed his great wisdom and experience as well as his wonderful company and conversation at Editorial Board meetings and dinners.  Sir Christopher practiced at the Bar for more than 20 years at 12 Kings Bench Walk before becoming a circuit judge in 1987. He was appointed as a High Court judge of the Family Division in 1996 and also sat in the Court of Appeal, particularly in complex children matters. His contributions to the family justice system included roles with the Judicial Studies Board and as Chairman of Advocacy Training of the Inner Temple. He will be greatly missed.   

My deepest condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues.

Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and head of  the LexisPSL Family team

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Geraldine is Head of LexisPSL Family. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and was in practice for 15 years, most recently as a partner and head of the family team at Hart Brown, a large Surrey firm.

Geraldine writes for Butterworths Family Law Service and is a past editor of the Resolution Review. She has been published in the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the District Judges’ Bulletin as well as in the national press including the Times and the Telegraph.

When in practice she was a member of the Law Society Family and Children Panels, and an accredited Resolution Specialist with a focus on advanced financial provision and pensions. A past Resolution regional secretary and press officer, Geraldine also contributed chapters to the Resolution publications, International Aspects of Family Law (3rd Edition 2009) and The Modern Family (2012).