Chris appears in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts on a daily basis. He has been instructed in a wide range of criminal matters, acting for those who have been charged with drug offences, dishonesty offences and offences of violence. He has also been frequently instructed in a variety of driving matters.
Chris is regarded as an advocate who combines his knowledge of the law with a passion for fearlessly representing his clients, enabling him to make persuasive oral and written submissions. It is this approach which has led solicitors to describe him as “articulate and robust in his advocacy” as well as being “meticulous” with regards to case preparation. He has experience of representing defendants with a range of vulnerabilities and cross examining vulnerable prosecution witnesses in a sensitive, yet effective, manner.
Chris has also been instructed on extradition matters and is regularly instructed on behalf of members of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association.
Cases of Note
R v PC – Central Criminal Court – 2017
Chris successfully argued for a community order for an individual who was being sentenced for possession with intent to supply Class A substances.
R v YM – Highbury Corner Youth Court 2017
Chris successfully defended a client charged with obstructing a police constable in the execution of their duty. After cross examination of three police officers, Chris successfully argued that there was no case to answer.
R v O and M – Ealing Magistrates Court – 2016
Chris defended a client charged on a joint enterprise basis with theft from a dwelling, worth £26,000. The case involved sensitive issues of a sexual nature, which required tactful handling in cross-examination.
R v W – Croydon Youth Court – 2016
Chris successfully defended of a youth charged with robbery.
R v SC – Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court – 2016
Chris secured an acquittal after successfully arguing for the exclusion of the defendant’s interview.
R v TC – St. Albans Crown Court – 2016
Chris was successful in an appeal against conviction for a man originally convicted for an offence of voyeurism.
Kaplan: BPTC, Very Competent, 2014
BPP: Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation, 2013
King’s College London, University of London: BA History, 2:1, 2012
Awards and Prizes
Gray’s Inn, Ann Goddard Scholarship, 2015
Ropewalk Opinion Writing Competition, Finalist, 2014
Kaplan Mooting Competition, Winner, 2013
Gray’s Inn CPE Award, 2012
Aitken Harter Solicitors:
Chris worked as a paralegal in this busy firm of criminal solicitors and was involved in cases which encompassed offences such as manslaughter, grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm. Whilst at Aitken Harter, Chris also gained a first-hand understanding of what a solicitor expects from counsel when instructing them.
Whilst at the Advocacy Project, Chris performed the role of an Independent Mental Health Advocate. He worked with patients sectioned under the Mental Health Act and spoke on their behalf when they had meetings with doctors, nurses and where necessary, during their appeals to the Mental Health Act tribunal.
Pro Bono and Volunteering
As an Appropriate Adult, Chris would attend police stations to assist those individuals who were under 18 or who suffered from a mental illness. He would inform and explain the rights that an individual has whilst in custody, as well as ensuring that their welfare is properly looked after. Chris would also be in the police interview to ensure that the interview was conducted in a fair manner, intervening if necessary.
As part of Gray’s Inn’s Pro Bono Programme ‘Vocalise’ Chris taught primary school children and inmates how to debate. Chris has given lessons at St Alban’s Primary School in Central London, HMP Pentonville Prison and Wormwood Scrubs.