Chris has wide-ranging experience of prosecuting a range of regulatory offences on behalf of HMRC, the Food Standards Agency, the Insolvency Service and various local authorities.
Chris regularly acts for police authorities, including applications for Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.
Chris also has experience prosecuting and defending cases regarding the Animal Welfare Act 1996, in particular cases involving improper slaughter practices under the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 2015. Such cases require detailed knowledge of the European Union Directives which apply in such matters.
Chris also prosecutes and defends in cases involving offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Chris has previously provided training to inspectors at the Health and Safety Executive, to include advising on effective trial preparation, witness handling and disclosure.
Chris also provides disclosure training to local authorities across the North of England.
- R v Woodward & Ors  – Northallerton Magistrates Court – represented a slaughterman in a long running animal cruelty case relating to a halal slaughterhouse. The case received national media attention when an animal charity conducted covert surveillance of the slaughterhouse in December 2014. Suspended sentence imposed.
- CC Humberside Police v W (2018) – successful application for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order in respect of a recently released man who had killed two women in 1964 and proceeded to have intercourse with the corpse of one of the victims. Extensive analysis of psychiatric reports spanning 50 years used in preparation of the case.
- R v Crosthwaite  – successful prosecution of a disqualified company director who continued to act as a director contrary to section 13 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.