Christopher joined chambers in October 2018, following the successful completion of pupillage.
Christopher has cultivated a broad criminal practice, and is instructed to prosecute and defend in a range of matters before the Magistrates’ Court, the Youth Court and the Crown Court.
Christopher is frequently instructed to defend clients facing a wide variety of criminal allegations, including offences of violence, dishonesty, sexual offences and drug offences, and he has also successfully represented clients in Proceeds of Crime Act enforcement proceedings. Christopher has a growing regulatory practice, through which he has represented private hire vehicle licence holders in appellate proceedings against Transport for London and other authorities.
Christopher is also regularly instructed to appear on behalf of prosecuting authorities in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. He is a member of the CPS Advocates’ Panel (Grade 1), the Government Legal Department’s ‘Junior Junior’ scheme and he has been instructed to prosecute cases on behalf of local authorities.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Christopher worked as a paralegal in the Regulatory Litigation department of a large multi-national law firm. Christopher assisted in the defence of companies and individuals in proceedings against a variety of regulators and prosecuting authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority and the European Commission. Christopher also volunteered on behalf of the School Exclusion Project, a pro bono organisation that provides representation to parents of children who had been excluded from mainstream education. In this capacity, Christopher appeared both at first instance before school disciplinary boards, and at appellate level before local authority representatives.
R v B (West Cheshire Magistrates’ Court)
Sentencing hearing in respect of a client who had pleaded guilty to ABH. The victim, who was the client’s son, had been left unconscious for over five minutes as a result of the attack. Christopher successfully mitigated on behalf of the client, and persuaded the District Judge to impose a fine, a sentence well below the sentencing range prescribed in the Sentencing Guidelines.
R v L (Uxbridge Youth Court)
Christopher 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 S (Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court)
Christopher secured the acquittal of a client charged with assaulting his son and his ex-wife’s partner. The case concerned two alleged attacks committed in public in front of the client’s ex-wife. There were no witnesses able to give evidence on the client’s behalf. Christopher succeeded in undermining the credibility of all three of the Crown’s eye-witnesses, and the client was acquitted of both charges.
R v D (Highbury Corner Youth Court
Sentencing hearing in respect of a young person who had pleaded guilty to robbing an off-duty security guard at knife-point. Christopher successfully mitigated on behalf of the client, and persuaded the District Judge to impose a Referral Order rather than a sentence of detention.
R v M (Croydon Magistrates’ Court)
Christopher represented a client facing two allegations of assault committed against his ex-partner. The Crown’s case was based upon an account given by the complainant to police officers immediately after the alleged incident, which had been captured on the officers’ body-worn camera. Christopher successfully argued against the admission of this account as res gestae evidence, and the client was acquitted of both charges.
R v F (Bexley Magistrates’ Court)
Christopher secured the acquittal of a client accused of harassing her ex-partner through a series of texts and phone calls.
R v M (Inner London Crown Court)
Sentencing hearing in respect of a client who had pleaded guilty to blackmail and theft offences. Since the offences had been committed, the client himself had been the subject of an acid attack. Christopher successfully persuaded the learned Judge to impose a suspended sentence of 10 months’ imprisonment, a term significantly below the range of sentences usually imposed for offences of this nature.
R v B (Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court)
Christopher secured the acquittal of a client accused of possessing a bladed article in public. The case concerned a knife that was found in the client’s car by police. Christopher successfully argued that the client had the knife for work purposes, and that he therefore had a ‘good reason’ for having it in his possession.
R v C (Staines Magistrates’ Court)
Christopher secured the acquittal of a client charged with sending malicious communications. The case concerned a voicemail sent by the client to his ex-wife, in which particularly gratuitous swear words were used. Christopher successfully argued that the words used were not ‘grossly offensive’, and the client was acquitted.