Christopher joined Apex Chambers in September 2017 following the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Lucy Crowther.
Before undertaking pupillage, Christopher worked as a duty adviser at Willesden County Court where he defended tenants in possession proceedings.
He then volunteered for Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties), and as an employment representative for the Free Representation Unit in London.
Following his time in London, Christopher spent nearly two years as a fee earner in the litigation department of a national law firm in Bristol. He specialised in Consumer Protection cases, from defective products to doorstep selling, and regularly dealt with consumer legislation such as the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
Christopher undertakes work in the following areas:
Christopher regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court, Magistrates Court and the Youth Court. He deals with a wide variety of offences including fraud, drugs, motoring, and violent offences. He has defended a range of clients, including professionals facing allegations at work, and has represented individuals in proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Furthermore, Christopher has experience of defending directors facing prosecution by Companies House.
Christopher is developing a practice in all aspects of regulatory law. He has represented a number of local authorities in both the Crown Court and Magistrates Court. His experience includes consumer protection, animal welfare and planning law. A sample of his work includes:
In 2017, Christopher drafted advice to National Trading Standards regarding the legislation and due diligence requirements in the secondary ticketing market.
Flintshire Trading Standards v Stringfellow and Others (2017) – Instructed by Flintshire Trading Standards as junior prosecution counsel in a conspiracy to defraud concerning a call centre in North Wales.
Torfaen Trading Standards v Tawfik (2018) – Prosecuted an individual at Newport Crown Court regarding the selling of counterfeit tobacco.
Camarthenshire County Council v PHI Limited (2018) – Prosecuted a construction company concerning breaches of the Consumer Protection Regulations.
Monmouthshire County Council v Thomas (2018) – Prosecuted in a planning law case which involved the breach of an enforcement notice.
Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council v Evans (2018) – Prosecuted a building case involving breaches of the Consumer Protection Regulations.
Christopher is happy to give talks and training on various aspects of procedure and evidence. Please contact the clerks for specific requirements.
Christopher has been instructed by the City and County of Swansea in Residential Housing Tribunal appeals concerning the revocation of HMO licences.
He has also acted for individuals in hearings before several licensing sub-committees and appeals to the Magistrates Court. In 2017, Christopher represented a taxi driver regarding the decision to revoke his licence following allegations of sexual assault. The appeal was successful. In 2018, he acted in the successful appeal of a decision to revoke an alcohol licence which was strongly opposed within the community.
Christopher acts for various professionals, including social workers and teachers facing disciplinary action. Christopher recently represented a social worker before Social Care Wales regarding fitness to practice.
Christopher is able to draw from his previous experience of employment tribunal work when accepting instructions in this area.
Christopher represented a registered nurse at an inquest where there were suggestions of negligence/malpractice.
Proceeds of Crime
APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS
Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
CPS Advocate Panel, Grade 1
Benefactors’ Major BPTC Scholarship, Middle Temple