Chris has wide-ranging experience dealing with all aspects of criminal law, and as a meticulous researcher he is quickly able to cover new or novel areas.
Chris is happy to offer advice and assistance at all stages of a case and takes a pro-active approach to ensuring matters reach court in the best possible shape. Chris routinely advises following charge on matters including the indictment, expert evidence, further investigations and legal argument. He has recently advised on SOPOs, Football Banning Orders, the dangerous dogs legislation and evidence in fraud trials.
Chris has been praised for his ability to deal with difficult and vulnerable clients/witnesses, and prides himself on his ability to put them at their ease.
Chris is a grade 3 prosecutor, appearing in Crown Courts in London and across the South East. As well as frequently acting in burglary, affray, and similar trials, he is also instructed in trials involving sexual offences, firearms, armed robberies and complex frauds. In addition to the CPS, Chris also acts for other prosecuting agencies including the DWP, Probation Service and the Home Office.
Chris is regularly instructed to represent defendants across the country covering all manner of offences. In addition to ABH, offensive weapon, and burglary trials, he is regularly instructed in relation to sexual offences, drug importation and fraud matters. He also receives frequent instruction in relation to animal welfare charges, achieving significant success in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. Chris also represents clients in the Youth Court and is well versed in youth procedure and sentencing.
In addition to his general crime practice, Chris specialises in representing clients facing motoring charges. He is experienced in all aspects of driving disputes, with mitigation for clients who risk losing their licence a particular specialty. He has had significant success in trials including failing to provide, excess alcohol, failing to stop and offences related to manner of driving. He is fully familiar with the complex law in this area, and is able to advise on exceptional hardship, special reasons and rules relating to new drivers.
Chris also has an expanding civil practice, with particular focus on personal injury and road traffic accidents. He has recently been instructed in cases involving contract disputes, industrial accidents and highway ‘tripping’ cases. Chris regularly undertakes advisory work on both the merits of a claim and the potential level of damages, and can swiftly research novel areas and provide practical guidance.