Christopher practises in high level, serious and complex crime. He is a hugely experienced trial advocate, appearing in criminal courts across the country. Complimentary to his criminal practice, Christopher specialises in professional disciplinary work. He is regularly instructed to represent professional’s accused of misconduct by their regulators.

Christopher provides training in areas of law. He has provided a number of bespoke courses to a range of government agencies, including the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Sussex Police Force, as well as seminars to firms of solicitors.

 

Christopher’s criminal practice has a heavy emphasis upon serious organised crime – particularly large-scale drug supply – and sexual offending. He acts as both a leading and led junior and is regularly instructed by the CPS’s Complex Case Unit.

He is a Level 4 Prosecutor for the CPS, a member of the CPS Serious Crime Panel and is accredited to prosecute cases of Rape and Serious Sexual Offending.

Notable Cases

Christopher’s professional disciplinary work includes representing health care practitioners at disciplinary hearings and coroner’s inquests. He presents on behalf of the GMC and regularly appears on behalf of Registrants before the NMC. Christopher also represents police officers accused of misconduct, having previously acted as an independent legal advisor for police disciplinary panels.

Notable Cases

  • GMC v LS (2017)

    Represented the GMC in disciplinary proceedings against a Consultant Obstetrician accused of misconduct as a result of alleged medical negligence.

  • GMC v AM (2017)

    Represented the GMC in disciplinary proceedings against a psychiatrist accused of historic child sexual abuse.

  • South Yorkshire Police v CJ (2016)

    Representation of police officer accused of assault.

  • Re: TS (2015)

    Representation of retired Custody Sergeant in the inquest into a death in custody.

  • NMC v LR (2015)

    Representation of nurse accused of assaulting vulnerable patient in a secure hospital.

Practice Areas

Appointments & Memberships

  • CPS Serious Crime Panel
  • CPS Level 4 Prosecutor
  • RASSO
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • North Eastern Circuit

Publications & Speaking

Formerly a Senior Lecturer within the Law School at Northumbria University, Christopher retains a keen interest in legal education and served as a chief examiner for the Bar Standards Board. He continues to write for academic journals, including the Journal of Criminal Law and Covert Policing Review, and between 2010 and 2014 was a co-editor of Jordan’s Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice.

Christopher provides training in areas of law. He has provided a number of bespoke courses to a range of government agencies, including the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Sussex Police Force, as well as seminars to firms of solicitors.

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