Murder & Manslaughter
Chris has substantial experience defending in complex murder trials, particularly those involving young or vulnerable defendants, multiple defendants involving ‘cut throat’ issues, or disputed expert evidence eg cell site, blood spatter, mental health issues, firearms discharge or where the cause of death is in dispute.
Chris has also defended in many other serious cases, for example successfully defending a prep school headmaster charged with historic child cruelty, a young woman charged with making serial false allegations of rape, and regularly represents professionals (recently a dentist, solicitor, journalist, and property developer) charged with various offences including harassment, fraud, and coercive control.
Chris has appeared in many terrorism trials involving allegations of both domestic and international terrorism, linked, for example to the conflict in Syria and Afghanistan.
Notable Crime cases
R v Azad & 7 others  Reading Crown Court
Group attack with samurai sword, following car chase through streets of Watford
R v Medina & 3 others  Central Criminal Court
Alleged gang attack on random young man following ‘rideout’ into rival gang’s area in North West London. M only defendant not convicted of murder.
R v Abdi and another  Isleworth Crown Court
Stabbing at a party
R v Foy & others  Liverpool Crown Court
Shooting by two brothers
R v Mohammed, Murphy & Bailey  Birmingham Crown Court
Conspiracy to murder 15 year old
R v Chapman and Wright  Peterborough Crown Court
Wife and lodger killing husband
R v Carrington and others  Preston Crown Court
Stabbings in Blackpool by group from North West London. Acquitted of murder
R v KN & Another  Derby Crown Court
Murder, cut-throat defences, KN acquitted of murder, co-defendant convicted of murder
R v Assri  Isleworth Crown Court
Murder by bogus nephew, who moved in with the deceased
R v Popoola & others  Central Criminal Court
Multiple stabbings on the same night by gang in Kentish Town. Defendant aged 18
R v Richard Lee ['2019] Newcastle Crown Court
Stabbing of a friend following drunken argument
R v Barry Rogers and Penny John  Swansea Crown Court
Son and mother accused of suffocating grandmother, who they believed was suffering from incurable cancer. Covert recordings. Extensive medical evidence
R v RB  Blackfriars Crown Court
Man died in a fire at a cannabis factory in a tower block in South London, RB acquitted of manslaughter and reckless arson
R v EH  Central Criminal Court
A paranoid schizophrenic, acquitted of murder and manslaughter relying on self-defence. EH stabbed burglar 58 times. Extensive cross-examination of pathologist and blood spatter expert.
R v DG and another  Leicester Crown Court
Revenge murder following previous gang attack
R v Jordan Matthews  Cardiff Crown Court
Murder of girlfriend. Expert evidence on cause of death
R v Jemma Beale,  Southwark Crown Court
JB, a vulnerable young woman, prosecuted for making serial false complaints of rape and serious sexual assault.
R v SP and others  Ipswich Crown Court
SP, a Prep School Head Master charged with historic child cruelty against multiple children whilst working at a state boarding school, earlier in his career, for boys excluded from mainstream schools. SP acquitted of all charges.
R v Rabar Mala  Manchester Crown Court
‘SIM Card Terrorist’. Assisting IS fighters from the UK, sending and activating hundreds of SIM cards to facilitate communications. S16 Terrorism Act 2006.
R v Stephen Gray  Woolwich Crown Court
SG, a former British soldier who had fought in Iraq, converted to Islam and travelled to Syria to fight with rebel groups against the Assad regime.
R v Aftab Suleman  Central Criminal Court
AS was charged with dissemination of terrorist publications and posting to Facebook making reference to the Peshawar school shootings, and membership of a proscribed organisation.
R v Jamshed Javeed  Woolwich Crown Court
JJ, a chemistry teacher in a Bolton secondary school, pleaded guilty to two section 5 Terrorism Act 2006 offences, involving travel to Syria to join his brother to fight against Assad. Extensive news coverage and very detailed basis of plea drafted.
R v Munir Farooqi  Manchester Crown Court
The first attempt by the CPS to obtain forfeiture of a family home under terrorism legislation. In front of Mr Justice Henriques, successfully opposed the application arguing the application breached the human rights of other family members who would be devastated by the consequences but had committed no offences.
R v Sharif Ali  Southwark Crown Court
SA was one of nine defendants arrested under the Terrorism Act as part of a joint US/UK surveillance operation. US Homeland Security investigators believed that SA was a member of a cell raising funds for Al Shabbab, in Kenya, by smuggling Khat to US. No evidence linking SA to terrorism. Six-week trial.
R v OB, Liverpool Crown Court
A high profile Muslim dentist, from a prominent family, charged with conspiracy to defraud. The North-West Counter Terrorism Unit conducted this extensive investigation into alleged financial crime. Charges were stayed as an abuse of process following lengthy legal argument.
R v HF  Manchester Crown Court
Year long covert surveillance operation, undercover officers alleged to have infiltrated a terrorist cell. Following a 3-month trial HF was the only one of four defendants acquitted.