Christina Courquin

Call 2021

“You have been very helpful, proactive and diligent, which has resulted in a fantastic outcome for the client”.

Instructing Solicitor

Christina commenced pupillage with Mountford Chambers in October 2021. She accepts instructions across Chambers’ practice areas, with a principle focus on general crime.

Expertise

Notable Crime cases


R v J [Croydon MC]

Secured acquittal for client charged with assault by beating, despite the Crown relying on live evidence from the complainant and an independent eyewitness.

R v W [Wimbledon MC]

Client acquitted of one charge of common assault, where there was a lack of evidence and uncertainty surrounding the identification of the assailant.

R v M [Reading CC]

Represented client at committal for sentence for two charges of assault on an emergency worker (including strangulation). The client avoided an immediate custodial sentence, being sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

R v D [Cambridge MC]

Successfully applied to re-open mode of allocation for a client charged with ABH and assault by beating of an emergency worker. The client was therefore allowed to elect trial by jury.

R v S [Uxbridge MC]

Successfully applied to exclude the interview summary under s78 PACE.

R v C [Croydon MC]

Client acquitted of one charge of possession of a bladed article. The defence forwarded was reasonable excuse, on the basis that the client had found the knife on the street and was disposing of it for the safety of the public.

R v M [Snaresbrook CC]

Represented client at committal for sentence for possession of a bladed article. The client had relevant previous convictions for possession of bladed articles and was on licence for robbery at the time of the commission of the offence. The client received a sentence of 28 weeks imprisonment in a youth offenders institution.

R v D [Isleworth Crown Court, sitting at Holborn]

Represented a defendant charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of criminal property.  The jury acquitted the defendant of the possession of criminal property count.

R v W [St Albans Crown Court]

Currently instructed to oppose the Crown’s application for a Serious Crime Prevention Order for a defendant convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, arising out of an Encrochat investigation.

R v E [Isleworth Crown Court]

Represented client at sentence for three charges of indecent images. The client avoided an immediate custodial sentence, being sentenced to 8 months imprisonment suspended for 24 months.

Motoring Law

R v L [Basingstoke MC]

The client was being sentenced for two charges of driving whilst under the influence of drugs, involving a vehicle collision. After mitigation, the bench were convinced to go outside of the sentencing guidelines and impose a band D fine instead of a community order.

R v S [Leeds MC]

Successfully argued for exceptional hardship and as a result the client avoided a totting disqualification.

R v L [Sevenoaks MC]

Successfully argued for special reasons after the client had pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, on the basis the client was unaware they had been disqualified from driving.

R v R [Worthing MC]

Client was originally charged with causing serious injury by careless driving, which carries a mandatory minimum disqualification period of 12 months. The complainant in the matter had sustained a fractured tibia and fractured fibula. After discussions the Crown agreed to amend the charge to careless driving and the client avoided disqualification.

R v F [Bromley MC]

Secured acquittal after trial for a client charged with failing to provide information relating to the identification of a driver. The defence was proved under s172(7)(b) RTA 1988.

R v S [Lavender Hill MC]

Secured acquittal after trial for client charged with speeding 51 mph in a 30mph zone.

Notable Professional Regulation cases


S v MK

Successfully represented an appellant at an appeal against a decision to refuse a private hire/hackney carriage drivers licence. The appeal was allowed and costs were awarded in full.

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Inner Temple
  • WICL
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

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