Chris has vast experience in all branches of criminal law. He has acted for the defence and prosecution in numerous serious and complex cases throughout his career.
He regularly appears in Crown Courts in the East Midlands, but has also appeared in serious cases further afield involving grave sexual allegations and the importation of drugs.
Chris acts for a number of Local Authorities prosecuting cases which involve frauds, trading standards offences and regulatory offences. He is highly regarded by the Local Authority legal departments who regularly seek his advice before commencing prosecutions. He recently prosecuted a fraud which involved £750,000 of criminal property being transferred to China and the production of counterfeit GHD hair straighteners and UGG boots that would have retailed at £14 million.
He has advised upon and successfully prosecuted the only case in the country of a landlord in a “homes of multiple occupation” prosecution which resulted in a substantial Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation order.
He also prosecutes for the CPS, often dealing with serious cases. An example of his prosecution career includes prosecuting the son of a serving police officer for sexual assaults on children. He managed this case from pre-charge advice, throughout the trial and finally, when the conviction upheld by the Court of Appeal.
His defence practice also covers a wide geographical area and involves defending in cases across the whole criminal spectrum. He regularly deals with offences involving sexual allegations and has developed an expertise in cross-examining child complainants in a fair but effective manner.
His scientific background has given him an attention to detail and knowledge in areas of expert evidence that he has found useful in his career. He also prides himself in his ability to communicate effectively with defendants from all walks of life.
When not working Chris is either looking after his children or pursuing goals in the sport of triathlon. He competes in “Ironman” triathlons held in a variety of locations in Europe: this involves swimming 3.8 km, followed by a 180 km bicycle ride and finishing with a marathon.