Chris has experience of prosecuting and defending in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court, as well as having appeared in the Court of Appeal.
He is a Level 2 Crown Prosecutor and is security cleared to the SC level.
R v Amar Bostan  EWCA Crime 494
In one of the first cases on sentencing in “revenge porn” Chris successfully argued that the sentence imposed had been manifestly excessive, and that the activation of a suspended sentence had been unlawful.
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R v C (Reading Crown Court)
Chris successfully prosecuted an armed robber who attacked a complainant with learning difficulties and threatened him with a weapon so that he would withdraw money from a cash machine and hand it over. The victim gave evidence with the assistance of an intermediary and Chris was praised by the judge for the sensitive way in which he handled questioning of a clearly vulnerable complainant.
R v J (Wolverhampton Crown Court)
Chris successfully defended a man accused of making threats to kill to his mother. Chris robustly cross-examined the complainant and another family member, drawing out the inconsistencies in the account they presented together, particularly when compared with detailed phone evidence supporting the defendant’s account. Notwithstanding the defendant’s previous conviction for a similar offence, the jury unanimously acquitted him
R v S (Wolverhampton Crown Court; Dudley Magistrates’ Court)
Trial with 15 charges of criminal damage, common assault, harassment and public order offences. Chris secured an acquittal on seven of the charges across two days of evidence. Chris also dealt with the appeal in which a further three charges resulted in acquittal. Both the trial and the appeal involved a large number of hearings in which Chris secured several orders for service of material the Crown had not disclosed
R v S (Reading Crown Court)
Chris secured the conviction, for theft and fraud by false representation, of a defendant who had stolen a phone which he then pawned for profit. The complainant had subsequently died, resulting in consideration of hearsay becoming a central issue in the case.
R v S & Z (Croydon Magistrates’ Court)
Secured acquittal of two doormen accused of affray, having taken an unidentified man to the ground on CCTV. Acquitted on dual grounds of self-defence and lack of third-party concern for safety, following trial and skeleton argument.
London Borough of Ealing v O (Ealing Magistrates’ Court)
Chris secured the conviction of a defendant who had used a fake disabled person’s parking permit (“blue badge”). The defence challenged that s115 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 could not apply to the use of a blue badge and that charging as such amounts to an abuse of process. With a lack of any authority at all, Chris presented a detailed written and oral argument drawn from a number of sources and successfully defended the borough’s position.
London Borough of Barnet v S&S (Willesden Magistrates’ Court, Harrow Crown Court)
Chris secured the conviction of two parents who were in breach of a School Attendance Order. On appeal Chris produced two lengthy written arguments dealing with the admissibility of evidence from an expert Chris argued was not impartial and was incapable of giving independent expert evidence. Ultimately that evidence was withdrawn.