Very Competent, Bar Professional Training Course, Nottingham Law School
LLB Law University of Birmingham
During his time on the BPTC, Chris volunteered as an advocate for the Free Representation Unit. He was also a key member of the Mooting Society, judging competitions and assisting other students.
Before completing pupillage and joining Chambers in January 2020, Chris was a Prison Law lawyer at a firm of solicitors based in Nottingham where he gained experience in advocacy before the independent adjudicator in prison disciplinary matters, parole board hearings and obtaining full police station representation accreditation.
He completed his crime pupillage at a solicitors firm based in Oxfordshire and upon successful completion of pupillage joined Chambers. During pupillage he gained a wealth of experience in all types of criminal law matters but most notably, he worked alongside his pupil supervisor in an appeal against conviction and sentence of a client implicated in Operation Silk (Oxford grooming case).
R v Wilkins [January 2020] – Successfully secured the acquittal of a client charged with assault by beating at Oxford Magistrates Court.
R v Steele [January 2020] – Possession of an offensive weapon. The client’s acquittal was successfully secured following legal argument.
R v James [January 2020] – Young adult charged with affray and possession of bladed article; on an existing suspended sentence. Successfully secured continuation of the prior SSO along with imposition of a further SSO for new offences. Reported in the Bucks Free Press.
D v Parole Board  – Successfully secured the release of an indeterminate sentenced prisoner from HMP Bullingdon following his recall to custody for a relapse to drug misuse.
R v Clatworthy [June 2019] – Successfully mitigated on behalf of a client charged with stalking at Oxford Crown Court in order to secure a favourable sentence categorisation. Reported by the Oxford Times.
R v McCloud [June 2019] – Successfully resisted the imposition of a Criminal Behaviour Order on a client convicted of numerous begging and public order offences at High Wycombe Magistrates Court.
R v L – L [July 2019] – Successfully mitigated on behalf of a thirteen year old at the Youth Court in Oxford in order to secure a referral order for an offence of possession of a bladed article.