Christopher Simmonds has been a Family Circuit Judge since the 3rd April 2018 now sitting at Bournemouth. He was originally a District Judge appointed in 2010. He sat in the Principal Registry of the Family Division until his transfer to the Western Circuit in November 2015. His is the Lead Regional Judge for the Court of Protection (South West), a former Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission and former Course Directors at the Judicial College (Family). Before being appointed he was a Solicitor and Partner in the firm of Davis Simmonds & Donaghey specialising in Public Law Proceedings and a member of the Children Panel. He has written numerous articles on family law to include section 38(6) Applications and Secure Accommodation Orders.