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Christopher specialises in criminal and regulatory advocacy

“Christopher provided a service far above and beyond the terms of his brief, providing invaluable insight and comment at every stage”

Overview

As a defence advocate, Christopher represents those charged with sexual, violent, and drugs offences. He has defended those accused of the most serious offences including kidnap and terrorism. He advises those appealing their conviction or sentence before the Court of Appeal and has experience as a led junior.

Christopher accepts instructions to act for both regulators and registrants in the regulatory tribunals. He has presented cases on behalf of healthcare regulators, as well as advising regulators in the “pre-charge” stage of proceedings. He also represents individuals facing disciplinary proceedings in sporting tribunals.

Before joining Doughty Street, Christopher was seconded as disclosure junior to the Serious Fraud Office. Previously, he gained litigation experience of financial crime and extradition as a paralegal in Kingsley Napley LLP. He has assisted senior members of chambers in private prosecution matters.

Please see the drop-down boxes below for a list of Christopher’s notable cases.

Criminal Defence

Notable Cases

  • R v XX and Others [2019]: Represented an individual accused of membership in a proscribed terrorist organisation.

  • R v KC and Others [2018]: Represented a defendant accused of being part of a multi-handed kidnap and blackmail offence.

  • R v DF [2018]: Represented a vulnerable defendant accused of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. On re-trial, DF was acquitted of causing GBH with intent.

  • R v FB [2018]: Represented a Romanian national in a two-handed case involving the smuggling of over £100,000 of cigarettes into the UK.

  • R v GJ [2018]: Represented an alleged member of a far-right group accused of inciting racial hatred on a university campus. Mitigation by Christopher ensured that GJ was the only defendant out of those convicted to receive a suspended sentence (BBC).

  • R v NC [2018]: The jury acquitted NC of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm during a domestic assault on his partner.

  • R v TM [2018]: TM had pleaded guilty to distributing sexual images of a child as part of a coercive relationship. Mitigation by Christopher persuaded the court to suspend the custodial sentence.

  • R v SF [2018]: Representations made at the Crown Court led to the vacating of a guilty plea for fraud, subsequently leading the Crown to offer no evidence.

  • R v PF [2018]: Representations by Christopher led to PF being found “not guilty” by the magistrates despite having been absent from his own trial.

  • R v TS [2018]: Successfully appealed the conviction of a mentally vulnerable person who had bitten two constables during an intimate search.

Professional Discipline and Regulation

Notable Cases

  • MH v BR [2019]: Represented a rowing coach appealing the sanction passed on him by his sporting regulator.

  • NMC v JR [2017]: Represented the regulator in a five-day disciplinary hearing. The case was resolved in favour of the regulator.

  • NMC v KW [2017]: Represented the regulator in a two-day appellate hearing. The appeal was resolved in favour of the regulator.