Chris came to the Bar after working for the United Nations in New York. A founder member of Doughty Street Chambers, Chris specialises in financial services law, FSMA regulation, financial crime, bribery, and corporate compliance. He provides pre-charge advice, and represents individuals and companies within the banking and financial services industry in criminal matters. He also appears on behalf of those facing regulatory proceedings brought by the FCA in the UK, and by the DFSA in Dubai.
Chris co-wrote 'Bribery: A Compliance Handbook', published by Bloomsbury Professional in 2014.
His ongoing cases include:
Past fraud and corruption cases of note include:
Chris’s general criminal practice includes homicide, particularly cases which involve medicine and forensic science; and appeal work. Cases of note include:
Chris also represented the Forensic Science Service in the Home Office Review into forensic work carried out during the investigation into the death of Damilola Taylor.
Chris’s practice also includes health and professional discipline and regulation, representing doctors and dentists in disciplinary proceedings. He co-wrote 'Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulators: a Legal Handbook' published in September 2012 by Legal Action Group.
In 2008 Chris 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.
Chris has worked extensively in the West Indies, and is a member of the Bars of the Eastern Caribbean and Trinidad and Tobago, and a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. In 2016 he was appointed by the Government of the Virgin Islands to advise in and prosecute a high profile police corruption case.
Chris has lectured on comparative civil liberties issues at universities throughout the US, including Yale and Stamford; In September 2014, he delivered a four part series of comparative seminars at Yale Law School on the Art and Ethics of Advocacy.
In May 2016, Chris chaired an IICE panel discussion on new legal initiatives for corporate integrity and compliance. He has previously spoken on such topics as 'The Inherent Importance of Legal Advice Privilege and Litigation Privilege in Preventing Third Party Disclosure' at the Global Investigations Summit 2014; and 'the Impact of the Bribery Act in Jersey' at Davies and Ingram Keynote Address 2013.
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, he sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court. He was appointed a bencher of Gray's Inn in 2002.
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:
Christopher formerly led the Doughty Street Regulatory and Financial Crime Team.
Current and recent cases include:
Past cases of note include: