CHRISTOPHER WHITEHOUSE

 

Call Date: 1997

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Chris has a wealth of advocacy experience and a growing reputation for winning cases against the odds. He leads, as well as appearing alone or with Queen’s Counsel. Chris is trusted by those instructing him to fight their corner fearlessly and to handle the most difficult of situations, both inside and outside of court. He also has great experience representing those with mental health difficulties, including those subject to section 41 restrictions for rape and homicide.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Crime

Chris is regularly instructed in the most serious cases before the Crown Court and Court of Appeal including murder, complex financial crime and multi-handed drugs conspiracies, often involving vast amount of evidence. He is used to analysing and challenging expert evidence, such as cell-site, toxicology and DNA, and is adept at mastering large amounts of material to identify the key issues and strategies to deploy before a jury.

Notable cases

As a guide only, in recent years Chris has been instructed in the following matters:

R v OG (2015) : Leading junior  multi handed importation of 100's of kilos of Class A drugs - Southwark Crown Court

R v MF (2015): Junior Alone - Bristol Crown Court - Multi handed conspiracy to supply crystal meth lasted 8 weeks, NG half time submission; first prosecution of its type in the UK. Known as the "Breaking Bad plot" case

R v HS (2014) : Acting for the first defendant in a multi-handed international drug conspiracy alleged to have imported over £11,000,000 worth of cocaine through Heathrow airport.

R v Speed (2013): Leading counsel – successfully defending one of five defendants facing conspiracy charges of  kidnapping, systematic torture and extortion.

R v Garwood (2013) : Murder – a five-handed revenge killing heard at the Central Criminal Court (junior counsel)

R v TS (2014): A complex financial fraud alleged to involve laundering over €100million through a network of London currency exchanges

R v Connors (2013) : successfully defending in one of the first ‘slavery’ trials to be held in the UK for over 200 years, where homeless men were alleged to have been held in servitude by travellers and forced to perform unpaid labour for many years

R v Denteh (2012) : murder - Central Criminal Court - successfully defended an 18-year-old jointly charge with a high-profile revenge killing (junior counsel)

R v Benabbou (2012) EWCA Crim 3088 : successfully appealed against the defendant’s conviction for sexual assault, where the Court of Appeal agreed that his previous conviction for rape should not have gone before the jury. Cited regularly in the Crown Court where character is in issue, it was described in the 2013 version of Archbold (13-25) as “as rare example of the Court of Appeal interfering with a judge’s exercise of his discretion”.

R v Y : manslaughter - successfully defended a 16 year-old girl  with behavioural problems charged with deliberately overturning a car and killing the driver (Central Criminal Court )

R v Osibogun – successfully defending the only accused to be acquitted in a complex five-handed banking fraud and money-laundering case (Southwark Crown Court)

R v H– rape – successfully defending a 17-year-old boy with a very low IQ against accusations of rape by a 15-year old girl

R v Howe –defending the only accused to be acquitted in an organised cash-in-transit robbery of high street banks

Employment law

Chris regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal and is happy to act for either employees or employers. He has appeared in a wide range of cases, including those involving law firms, political parties, the NHS and the Civil Service.

In recent years Chris has successfully acted for several solicitors who have been dismissed or constructively dismissed by their employers. He has also had considerable success against the civil service.

In a recent case Chris successfully defended a mental health charity in the Employment Tribunal (and on appeal to the EAT) where they were accused by one of their own employees discriminating against him on grounds of race and mental disability.

Chris is certified by the Bar Council to receive Direct Access instructions from the public, either appearing in the Tribunal in suitable cases or advising on redundancy agreements, unfair dismissal, discrimination and on-going disciplinary proceedings. Fees can be discussed with the clerks.

Civil Work

Chris continues to receive instructions in contractual and property disputes, tort, and general common law. Again he may be instructed in suitable cases on a Direct Access basis.

MEMBERSHIPS

Criminal Bar Association

Employment Law Bar Association

JUSTIS

Amnesty International