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Overview

Chris’ practice spans all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular focus on personal injury, counter fraud, criminal regulatory and public sector matters.

Over the years, Chris has had a mixed civil and criminal practice but concentrated mainly on criminal matters, being a Grade 3 Prosecutor.  He rapidly became a highly respected for his advocacy and cross-examination skills, honed when conducting cases involving serious sexual offences, child-abuse, fraud, fatal motoring offences and tax evasion.

He joined Ropewalk Chambers in 2014, to concentrate on our core areas, particularly personal injury and those with a criminal element.

Chris is committed to providing a service of the highest level to all his clients and, with his previous experience, can bring an additional dimension to cases that need to be fought.

Away from the Bar, Chris enjoys participating and watching sport, running and reading.  He is also a skillful conjurer.

Personal Injury

Chris has experience of all types of personal injury litigation, representing both Claimants and Defendants in the County Court.

He is equally comfortable appearing in the Coroner’s Court.

He has particular experience of motor-related cases, including death by dangerous trials.

Chris is happy to act on a Conditional Fee basis where appropriate.

Counter Fraud

For many years, Chris prosecuted all aspects of fraud work.  He is able to draw on this experience when defending fraudulent claims on behalf of insurers, particularly in the motor sphere.

He has considerable experience of pursuing asset recoveries, following the successful defence of a claim, including freezing injunctions and subsequent enforcement action.

Criminal Regulatory

Chris has prosecuted, defended and mitigated on behalf of those charged with breach of waste disposal licenses and environmental offences.

He has prosecuted and defended at all levels (Court of Appeal, Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court) those charged with offences prosecuted by various Local Authorities and Trading Standards Departments pursuant to their statutory enforcement duties, including benefit fraud and consumer protection offences and in particular offences contrary to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

He has also advised (pre-charge) on the suitability of charges and the admissibility of evidence gathered during the investigation.

Commercial

Chris has experience of a wide range of cases involving allegations of tax evasion, piercing of the corporate ‘veil’ and director liability.

Recent instructions include representing one of eight defendants charged with involvement in an alleged £5 million tax evasion conspiracy.

Chris has advised and appeared in a range of cases involving alleged breach intellectual property rights, particularly in relation to tobacco products, cosmetics and leading sports brand clothing.

He has considerable experience of conducting ‘confiscation’ proceedings pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, which frequently arise after at the conclusion of such cases.

Notable Cases

Areas of Work

  • Personal Injury
  • Counter Fraud
  • Criminal Regulatory
  • Public Sector and Not For Profit
  • Commercial

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association

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