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Christopher Jenkins

Christopher joined chambers in October 2018 following the successful completion of pupillage. He has cultivated a broad and busy practice prosecuting and defending in serious criminal matters before the Magistrates’ Court, the Youth Court and the Crown Court.
General Crime

Christopher represents individuals facing serious criminal allegations, both as a led junior and as junior alone. Christopher’s practice spans the full spectrum of criminal offences, including serious violence, fraud, sexual offences, and the supply and importation of prohibited drugs. Clients appreciate his calm and reassuring manner both in conference and in court, as well as his ability to sensitively guide them through the criminal justice system while achieving impressive results.

Christopher has received praise for his handling of young and vulnerable individuals, and he is regularly instructed to represent those with vulnerabilities in Youth Court and Crown Court proceedings. Christopher also has particular experience in representing individuals charged with serious offences who have themselves been the victim of exploitation and trafficking, and has provided a number of webinars and talks on the subject, both alone and with senior counsel.

Christopher is regularly instructed by the CPS to prosecute trials and provide pre-charge advice, and has advised on firearms offences, complex fraud and offences against public justice. Christopher also has extensive experience prosecuting on behalf of local authorities and private organisations such as Royal Mail, the Federation Against Copyright Theft, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Courts Martial

Christopher enjoys a busy practice defending members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces in proceedings before the Courts Martial. Christopher has experience defending in a range of matters, including offences involving serious violence, sexual offences, and offences involving the supply of drugs.

Road Traffic

Christopher is frequently instructed by individuals, companies and insurers to defend a variety of road traffic offences, from allegations of drink-driving to incidents where a fatality has occurred. Christopher regularly appears before the Magistrates’ Court to advance special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments, in respect of which he enjoys an impressive success rate.

Regulatory

Christopher has a growing regulatory practice, and has experience acting for appellants in proceedings against a range of licensing authorities, including Transport for London, local authorities, and the Security Industry Authority.

Notable Cases

Defence

R v DK (Luton Crown Court): Instructed as a led junior to represent a client charged with conspiring to import and supply significant quantities of Class A drugs worth over half a million pounds. 

R v S (Inner London Crown Court): Currently instructed as a led junior to represent a client charged with involvement in a sophisticated conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The case involves extensive cell-site and telecommunication evidence.

R v L (Kingston Crown Court): Represented a client charged with the production of Class B drugs. The client was living in a house that had been specifically converted into a commercial cannabis factory. The operation was valued at approximately £500,000. The client was unanimously acquitted after trial. Christopher’s conduct of the trial was praised by the trial Judge.

R v L (Lewes Crown Court): Represented a client charged with offences of serious violence and perverting the course of justice arising from an allegation that the client had been cuckooing and exploiting a vulnerable drug user. Following Christopher’s cross-examination of the complainant and eyewitness, the prosecution agreed to offer no evidence in respect of the perverting the course of justice offence and accepted a lesser plea to that charged on the indictment.

R v J (Woolwich Crown Court): Represented a client accused of committing a sustained fraud against the Department of Work and Pensions. The client was unanimously acquitted after trial.

R v N (Inner London Crown Court): Represented a client accused of ABH. The attack was allegedly witnessed by both the complainant and an independent eyewitness. Through careful and considered cross-examination, Christopher succeeded in undermining the accounts of both the complainant and the eyewitness, and the client was acquitted after trial.

R v W (Inner London Crown Court, sitting at the RCJ): Represented a client charged with possession of a bladed article. The client was arrested in the early hours of the morning, and his vehicle was found to contain both a knife and drugs. The client was unanimously acquitted in under one hour. 

R v H (Woolwich Crown Court): Currently instructed to represent a client charged with wounding with intent.

R v P (Isleworth Crown Court): Currently instructed to represent a client charged with wounding with intent.

R v S (Bromley Youth Court): Represented a young person facing multiple charges of supplying Class A drugs. Christopher successfully advanced the defence under s.45 Modern Slavery Act 2015, and the client was acquitted of all charges after trial.

R v P (Maidstone Youth Court): Represented a university student of good character charged with assaulting his girlfriend on a night out. The assault was allegedly witnessed by several of the complainant’s friends. The client was acquitted following extensive cross-examination of the complainant and the friends who claimed to have witnessed the incident.

R v L (Bexley Magistrates’ Court): Represented a university student of good character charged with bringing a combat knife to the O2 arena. Christopher secured the acquittal of the client following the successful exclusion of the client’s interview under caution and comments made on arrest.

R v L (Uxbridge Youth Court): Secured the acquittal of a young person facing two charges of assault. The case concerned an allegation that the client had attacked one of her classmates with a glass bottle at a house party, before assaulting the complainant’s boyfriend. The trial involved the handling of seven young witnesses and a variety of special measures. The client was acquitted of both charges after two days of evidence.

R v AS (Highbury Corner Youth Court): Represented a young person accused of assaulting two police officers. Following thorough cross-examination of the police officers regarding their obligations under s.2 PACE, a successful submission of no case to answer was made in respect of both charges. 

R v K (Woolwich Crown Court): Represented a prospective Oxford student charged with stealing over £12,000’s-worth of property from his employer. A suspended sentence was secured despite the matters involving a gross breach of trust. The case received coverage in the London press. 

Prosecution

R v R (Isleworth Crown Court): Prosecuted an individual charged with the attempted kidnap of a 3-year-old child from her mother in a busy high street. The case involved the consideration of the defence of insanity and extensive psychiatric evidence.

R v K and K (Woolwich Crown Court): Currently instructed to prosecute two individuals charged with attempting to cause grievous bodily harm during an incident in which a vehicle was used as a weapon.

R v T (Southwark Crown Court): Prosecuted an individual charged with allegations of arson and criminal damage arising from the destruction of a room at an upmarket hotel. The case involved extensive and complex psychiatric evidence.

R v E (Southwark Crown Court): Currently instructed to prosecute an allegation of s.18 GBH arising from a serious attack during the course of a football match.

R v B (Croydon Crown Court): Prosecuted an individual charged with threatening members of the public with a knife in a busy public park.

R v K (Isleworth Crown Court): Prosecuted an individual charged with possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

R v A and others (Wood Green Crown Court): Instructed as junior counsel in respect of the prosecution of seven defendants charged with conspiring to supply prohibited drugs.

R v C (Luton Crown Court): Prosecuted an individual charged with a campaign of stalking against his ex-partner which culminated in the defendant breaking into the complainant’s property and staging his own suicide.

R v R (St. Albans Crown Court): Prosecuted an individual charged with coercive and controlling behaviour against his then-partner.

R v C (Harrow Crown Court): Prosecuted an individual charged with a dwelling burglary. The defendant ran a cut-throat defence against his co-accused, who had absconded prior to the trial.

R v P (Aylesbury Crown Court): Prosecuted an individual charged with dangerous driving.

R v S (Isleworth Crown Court): Prosecuted a Newton hearing where the Defendant, who had pleaded guilty to offering to supply Class A drugs, alleged impropriety by an undercover police officer. The matter required the officer to give evidence anonymously.

London Borough of Haringey v M (Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court): Prosecuted an individual accused of benefit fraud. The fraud had been sustained over a period of 18 months and resulted in a loss of over £37,000. The defendant was convicted and committed to the Central Criminal Court for sentence, where a substantial custodial sentence was imposed. The case received local press coverage:

 https://www.enfieldindependent.co.uk/news/17887859.haringey-fraudster-takes-thousands-deceased-mother/

Fenland District Council v H and CL (Peterborough Magistrates’ Court): Prosecuted a company and its director for a string of commercial-scale fly-tipping offences committed over a 12-month period. Both defendants were convicted after trial, and the defendants were ordered to pay over £24,000 in fines, compensation and costs. The case received local press coverage: 

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/businessman-prosecuted-flytipping-whittlesey-fenland-17166309

Courts Martial

R v W (Bulford Court Martial): Represented a sergeant charged with disgraceful conduct, arising from the sending of an unsolicited explicit photograph to a NATO colleague during a foreign peace-keeping mission. A plea to a lesser offence was successfully negotiated, and, following detailed mitigation, Christopher successfully persuaded the Board to draw back from dismissal, a reduction in rank, or a sentence of detention. A financial penalty was imposed, and the client was able to resume his career.  

R v R (Catterick Court Martial): Represented a client charged with two offences of supplying Class A drugs. The Sentencing Guidelines for such offences prescribe dismissal and imprisonment in all but the most exceptional of circumstances.  Following comprehensive and detailed mitigation, Christopher successfully persuaded the Board not to dismiss his client; a short period of detention at MCTC was imposed instead of imprisonment, and the client was able to resume his career.

R v A (Catterick Court Martial): Represented a client charged with three offences of criminal damage, arising from the destruction of £20,000’s-worth of civilian property on two separate occasions over a period of six months. Following comprehensive and detailed mitigation, Christopher successfully persuaded the Board not to dismiss his client, who was able to continue his career. 

R v S and others (Catterick Court Martial): Represented one of six defendants charged with 10 disciplinary offences arising from what was said to be a systematic campaign of bullying against a junior soldier.

R v M (Catterick Court Martial): Represented a client charged with ABH. The incident was committed under the influence of alcohol and involved a sustained attack resulting in substantial injuries; in the event of conviction, a sentence of imprisonment would have been almost inevitable. Christopher successfully negotiated a plea to a lesser disciplinary offence, which ensured that the client did not receive a criminal record and, following successful mitigation, Christopher persuaded the Board to impose a financial penalty.

R v M (Catterick Court Martial): Represented a soldier charged with a campaign of sexual misconduct against a female colleague.

R v E (Bulford Court Martial): Represented a soldier charged with sexual misconduct against two younger colleagues.

Regulatory

F v Transport for London (City of London Magistrates’ Court): Represented a client in appellate proceedings against TfL concerning the interim suspension of the client’s private hire vehicle licence. TfL were persuaded not to resist the appeal after written representations were made highlighting the fact that TfL did not have any statutory power to impose an interim suspension, and that such a sanction was therefore unlawful.  

I v Security Industry Authority (Poole Magistrates’ Court): Represented a client in an appeal against the suspension of his licence following an allegation of rape made during the course of the client’s employment.

Appointments and Memberships
  • CPS Advocates’ Panel: Grade 2
  • Government Legal Department’s ‘Junior Junior’ Scheme
  • Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
  • South-Eastern Circuit
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
Education / Professional

Education

  • 2016: Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School
  • 2015: BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Keble College, University of Oxford

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2016: Inner Temple Princess Royal Scholarship
  • 2015: Academic Scholar of Keble College, University of Oxford
  • 2015: University of Oxford 7KBW Mooting Prize for Outstanding Advocacy

Other Interests

Outside of court, Christopher holds a black-belt in jiu-jitsu, and is a keen footballer, having played competitively for over 15 years.