Christopher Dunn

Year of call:

1996

Education:

1991 - Newcastle Polytechnic, BSc (Hons) in Sociology (2:2)

1993 - Newcastle University, MA in Legal Studies (distinction)

1994 - University of Northumbria, Legal Practice Course

1995 - Newcastle University, LLM by Research (distinction)

1996 - Inns of Court School of Law, BVC (‘competent’)

Career:

1987 - Production Manager, JC Wire & Tube Ltd

1988 - Demolition engineer, Shepherds Demolition Services, Newcastle

1995 - Part-time teaching criminal law at Newcastle University Law School

1996 - Sovereign Chambers, 46 Park Place, Leeds

2015 - Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers

Appointments:

2015 - RASSO panel Grade 4 Prosecutor

Memberships:

North Eastern Circuit

Christopher Dunn has defended or prosecuted a wide range of cases including murder, child and adult rape, attempted rape, S18, serious historical sexual offences, firearms offences, armed robberies, conspiracies to supply large amounts of Class-A drugs, conspiracies to commit Hanoi-style burglaries, conspiracies to commit armed robberies and conspiracies to commit bank fraud.

Christopher’s practice largely involves litigating serious crimes for the defence or prosecution. He has significant experience of preparing large, serious and multi-handed cases, including advising on preparing defence and prosecution cases, drafting schedules and admissions, negotiating with other counsel, and undertaking Crown Court and Court of Appeal advocacy. He has been involved in many cases involving complex covert evidence, expert witnesses and financial documentation. He is on the RASSO panel.

Having served as a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor, Christopher has appeared on behalf of the Crown in Proceeds of Crime Act applications and public-interest immunity applications. At the last CPS grading application process, he was granted Grade 4 prosecutor status.

Christopher has conducted numerous cases under the old ex post facto scheme (now replaced by the VHCC scheme) which were listed for over 25 days. Some cases involved 5 defendants or more and involved over 10,000 pages of evidence.

Christopher appears for either side in serious criminal cases involving murder, rape, firearms and conspiracies

Notable cases

  • R v KW [2018] – prosecuted a trans-gender prisoner who sexually assaulted two inmates at a women’s jail. See media coverage: Sky News, The Telegraph , BBC
  • R v JP [2018] prosecuted historic Teesside sex abuser. defendant was charged with multiple sexual offences including indecent assault, indecency with a child and rape.
  • R v ST [2018] – prosecutes carer guilty of historic sexual abuse at Children’s home in 1970’s.
  • R v DC, WC, PC, TC, MYN, TT [2017] – successfully prosecutes violent gang of robbers. The gang members were jailed for a total of more than 65 years.
  • R v Sean Timmins [2008]
  • R v Sean Timmins [2009]
  • R v Jamie Millership [2013]
  • R v Macaulay Jenkinson [2013]
  • R v Nicholas Polihronos [2014].
  • R v Amir Raheem (2020) – Succesful prosecution leading to sentence of 16 years for man who stabbed victim with a flick knife in broad daylight. For media coverage click here

Contact Christopher’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Robyn Nichol on 0113 213 5253