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Christopher Boxall

Year of call:
University of Leeds, English Law with European Law LLB (Hons)
BPP Law School Leeds, BPTC (‘Very Competent’)
Pro bono: Director of Legal Advice Clinic at BPP Leeds
Pupil at Park Square Barristers
Grade 1 Prosecutor
Director, BPP Legal Advice Clinic (Leeds) 2013-2014
Member of Personal Injury Bar Association North Eastern Circuit
University of Leeds, Senior Negotiation competition winner University of Leeds, Senior Debating competition runner-up
BPP Regulatory Law Prize

Christopher Boxall has extensive experience of prosecuting a range of regulatory offences on behalf of HMRC, the Food Standards Agency, the Insolvency Service and various local authorities.

Christopher regularly acts for police authorities, including applications for Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.

Christopher 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.

Christopher also regularly prosecutes and defends in cases involving offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.


Christopher has previously provided training to inspectors at the Health and Safety Executive, to include advising on effective trial preparation, witness handling and disclosure.

Christopher routinely provides disclosure training to local authorities across the North of England.

Prison Law

Christopher is regularly instructed for Parole Board hearings and represents prisoners in a wide range of matters including license reviews and parole reviews for those subject to indeterminate sentences. He has successfully argued for release in difficult circumstances where offenders have maintained their innocence throughout sentence.

Notable Cases

  • R v Woodward & Ors (2018) – 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 (2018) – 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.
  • R v Maguire (2018) – Burnley Crown Court – defending the owner of a dog dangerously out of control which caused permanent and significant injuries to a council worker. Successfully argued for a community order and a contingent destruction order in respect of the dog.
  • Re:J.O’Driscoll – HMP Leeds: second successful application for release of an IPP prisoner in December 2016 who was recalled to prison after committing further offences. Christopher had previously assisted Mr O’Driscoll in obtaining release in June 2016.

Contact Christopher’s clerk

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250