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Christopher specialises in criminal and regulatory law.

Christopher has secured successful outcomes for clients facing the most serious criminal allegations, including kidnap and terrorism. He is Panel C counsel for the Serious Fraud Office where he has acted as disclosure junior in large-scale prosecutions. He has a growing practice in environmental crime and the conduct of prosecutions for statutory nuisance.

Christopher presents and defends in regulatory cases. He is instructed by the General Dental Council and General Optical Council to present the case in substantive, interim, and High Court matters. He also defends registrants in the HCPC and sporting tribunals.

Christopher’s advocacy in the Court of Appeal has developed the rights of alleged contemnors (Andreewitch v Moutreuil). He has worked with senior members of Chambers to represent individuals on appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Christopher makes his case “with considerable skill and tenacity, both orally and in writing” (Hilliard J, R v Deans).

Before joining Chambers, Christopher campaigned against the death penalty as an intern for Reprieve and the Texas Defender Service. While in Texas, he assisted public defenders representing death row prisoners seeking to appeal their sentence of execution.

Criminal Cases

The below are a sample of Christopher’s recent criminal cases:

  • R v XX [2020]: XX was a child charged with s.18 assault and witness intimidation. Pre-trial submissions by Christopher concerning the adequacy of the investigation led to all charges being dropped.

  • R v GJ [2019]: Christopher appeared as junior counsel for a vulnerable defendant accused of membership in a banned Neo-Nazi organisation. After a 10-week trial, the jury was unable to reach a verdict and was discharged.

  • R v XX [2019]: XX was a disabled person facing prosecution for criminal contempt. Legal submissions by Christopher concerning the fairness of the investigation persuaded the Crown Court to stay proceedings.

  • R v CB [2019]: CB was prosecuted as part of a four-handed kidnap and blackmail offence. The jury acquitted CB of kidnap. This ensured CB avoided a far longer sentence.

  • CR v Hackney BC [2020]: Christopher was instructed to prosecute Hackney Council for statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Council contested the allegation. Pre-trial submissions by Christopher led to the allegations being admitted and costs ordered.

Regulatory Cases

The below are a sample of Christopher’s recent regulatory cases:

  • GOC v KR [2021]: Christopher advised on this complex case of large-scale fraud by a registrant against their employer. He advised on the evidence, the allegations, and the liability of KR and his associates. The advice enabled the GOC to identify further wrongdoing and expedite the case to hearing.

  • GDC v  TA [2021]: The GDC applied to extend the interim order of conditions against the registration of TA. The application was contested. Christopher  successfully persuaded the High Court to extend the interim order of conditions.

  • GDC v GS [2021]: The GDC made 18 allegations of dishonesty against a dental nurse instructor. Christopher drafted allegations in two separate investigations of the Registrant, advised on joinder, and presented the case. All charges were proved.

  • GDC v SM [2020]: A whistle-blower alleged that the Registrant had failed to maintain covid security. The Registrant robustly contested the application for an interim order of conditions. Christopher successfully persuaded the Committee to impose interim conditions.

Appeals

The below are a sample of recent appeals brought by Christopher:

  • Andreewitch v Moutreuil [2020]: Christopher successfully argued before the Court of Appeal that a finding of civil contempt was unjust since the lower court had disregarded the right to silence. This case established new procedural protections for those accused of contempt.

  • R v XX [2020]: XX was a police informant who alleged police corruption after being convicted as part of a major smuggling conspiracy. Christopher worked alongside a senior member of chambers to represent XX on appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

  • R v KR [2019]: KR appealed his extradition from the Republic of Ireland to the UK to serve the remainder of his sentence for murder. Christopher drafted two affidavits of laws to the High Court of Ireland on the subject of life imprisonment and indeterminate sentences.