Christina Courquin

Call 2021

'An outstanding junior barrister'.

“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.


Notable Crime cases

R v K [2023] Kingston CC

Secured unanimous acquittal for defendant charged with inflicting GBH and assault by beating.

R v B [2023] Luton CC

Instructed as trial counsel to represent a youth charged as part of a multi handed aggravated burglary. The Crown offered no evidence.

R v J [2023] Croydon YC

Drafted written representations inviting the Crown to review two charges of possession with intent to supply class A and class B. Upon review, both charges were discontinued.

R v A [2023] Croydon YC

Secured a 12-month referral order with intensive contract for a client sentenced for s18 GBH.

R v D [2022] Isleworth Crown Court, sitting at Holborn

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

R v C [2022] Croydon MC

Client acquitted of one charge of possession of a bladed article. The defence advanced 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 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 S [2022] Lavender Hill MC

Secured acquittal after trial for client charged with speeding 51 mph in a 30mph zone. The officer in the case was challenged on whether the pro-laser speed detection device used could have given an accurate reading considering the level of traffic at the time.

R v F [2022] 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 W [2022] 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 U [2022] Croydon Magistrates Court

Made written representations to the CPS to review the prosecution against a client for one charge of fraudulently using a registration mark. The matter was remitted for a caution to be administered, thereby preserving the client’s good character.

R v J [2022] Inner London Crown Court

Persuaded the court not to activate a suspended sentence in circumstances where probation was recommending the sentence be activated in full. The breach was marked with a £250 fine.

R v R [2022] Wood Green Crown Court

Successful in preventing the activation of a suspended sentence in circumstances where the client had committed a new offence and failed to comply with the terms of the original order.

R v R [2022] 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 enabling the client to avoid disqualification.

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 L [2022] Sevenoaks MC

Successfully argued ‘special reasons’ after the client had pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified. The special reasons were made out on the basis that the client was unaware that he had been disqualified from driving. As a result of the special reasons hearing, the client avoided further disqualification and instead received 4 points on their licence.

R v S [2022] Leeds MC

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

Notable Professional Regulation cases

S v MK [2022]

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.

Notable Sport cases

BHA v TV [2023]

Represented the BHA in an equine anti-doping enquiry for three adverse analytical findings. A financial penalty was imposed.

BHA v VW [2023]

Represented the BHA in a jockey anti-doping enquiry where a financial penalty was imposed and license withdrawn.

BHA v RF [2023]

Represented the BHA in an equine anti-doping enquiry.

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

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