Chris brings his analytical and thorough approach to prosecuting and defending complex fraud and is able to manage document heavy cases. He recently represented one of six defendants, amongst whom was a former international footballer, charged with a multi-million pound fraud involving the supposed provision of apprenticeships to football clubs. This was a VHCC case where the evidence was in excess of 230,000 pages, with unused material in excess of that.
In a Post Office fraud, his submission was upheld that it was an abuse to prosecute a post office manager charged with large scale fraud relating to discrepancies in takings hidden in weekly balancing. Delay and resulting prejudice had arisen owing to lack of comprehension on the part of the police and prosecution of the Post Office accounting system.
Chris successfully prosecuted a husband and wife who used a declaration of trust and power of attorney to disguise their dishonesty in transferring substantial equity and re-mortgage monies away from elderly relatives.
He also successfully prosecuted a financial advisor who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds from elderly and vulnerable clients under the veil of making complicated investments.
Chris has dealt with confiscation proceedings involving complex property and contractual issues where the sums at stake exceeded £1m. He acted for a defendant who sold his property the day before a restraint order was imposed subject to a conditional sale agreement with opaque option to buy back, where the court had to determine the extent and value of any interest retained.