Christopher Sallon came to the Bar after working for the United Nations in New York. A founder member of Doughty Street Chambers, he has a high profile criminal practice focusing on regulatory and financial crime, bribery and corruption, corporate compliance and pre-charge advice; homicide, including corporate manslaughter; international criminal cases; extradition and mutual assistance; cases which involve medicine and forensic science; all other aspects of criminal law trial and appeal work. His practice also includes health and safety; professional discipline and regulation. In 2008 Christopher was appointed Special Counsel to the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee's Enquiry into Party Funding. He was also appointed as a special adviser to the Commons Public Administration Select Committee in their Enquiry into Propriety and Honours. His written Advice on reforming the law of bribery is annexed to the Committee’s Report.
He has worked extensively in the West Indies, and is a member of the Bars of the Eastern Caribbean and Trinidad and Tobago; a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers; a frequent keynote speaker at Butterworths Anti-Bribery Conferences, and recently participated with leading city solicitors and top corporate in-house counsel in a Chambers and Partners Round Table Forum 2012 on the Bribery Act and the FCPA. Licenced under the Direct Access scheme, Chris regularly provides companies and individuals with compliance and pre-charge advice.
Formerly the Bar Council's Chairman of Public Affairs, Christopher writes, broadcasts on radio and appears on television. He took part in the BBC's three-part series 'Trial by Jury', and most recently with Clive Anderson, Lord Justice Alan Moses and Dinah Rose QC on Unreliable Evidence, and Radio 4’s World this Weekend. He has lectured on comparative civil liberties issues at universities throughout the US, including Yale and Stamford; in May 2012, he delivered a speech at Oxford University on the regulation and independence of the Bar. He is a member of the board of the National Campaign for the Arts. He sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court. He was appointed a bencher of Gray's Inn in 2002.
"Big hitter" Christopher Sallon QC is an "extremely smooth advocate" who is "used in difficult cases when you need to win over a jury and everything is stacked against you." Chambers and Partners 2013
"good trial lawyer, who works incredibly hard and is excellent with a jury." Chambers and Partners 2013
“a wonderful communicator who maintains a good sense of humour when handling matters, without allowing this to affect how seriously he's taking affairs." "He produces excellent work and has very high standards of advocacy," sources insist. Chambers and Partners 2012
"An incisive cross-examiner and a fantastic jury advocate". Legal 500 2012
"a brilliant trial lawyer with a lovely court manner" and an "engaging advocacy style". Chambers and Partners 2011
Christopher is a contributing editor to Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulators: a Legal Handbook to be published in September 2012 by Legal Action Group. His recent cases include:
Medical and forensic science work
Christopher represented the Forensic Science Service in the Home Office Review into forensic work carried out during the investigation into the death of Damilola Taylor. He has advised forensic service providers on regulatory matters, data protection and related criminal justice issues. Recent cases have included:
Defence work in cases involving medical or scientific issues:
Christopher leads the Doughty Street Regulatory and Financial Crime Team.
Current and recent cases include:
Past cases of note include:
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
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