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Christopher Moran

Year of call:
2007
Education:
2002
University of Hull, BA Politics
2006
University of Hull, Master of Jurisprudence
2007
Nottingham Law School, BVC
Career:
2007
Pupil and Tenant at 1 Mitre Court Buildings
2010
Tenant at 39 Park Square, Leeds
2013
Tenant at No 6, Leeds, now Park Square Barristers
Appointments:
CPS Level 4 Prosecutor
Memberships:
North Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Awards:
2006
The Sir Joseph Cantley Award

Trial Advocacy

Chris Moran is instructed in substantial criminal matters including serious sexual and violent offences, complex frauds, firearms, drug trafficking and money laundering.

He has a reputation for being meticulously well prepared and fully considering all legal issues significantly in advance of any hearing including those relating to dismissal, abuse of process, fitness to plead, disclosure and the instruction of experts.

Chris has considerable experience of the recent s28 procedure involving the pre-recorded cross-examination of children and vulnerable witnesses having been instructed in numerous qualifying offences since the introduction of the scheme.

In addition Chris takes particular pride in the feedback he regularly receives relating to his manner with clients particularly vulnerable defendants, children and those with mental health difficulties. The importance of an early conference is something he believes is often vital to how a case eventually resolves.

Advisory Work

Chris regularly advises solicitors, the Crown Prosecution Service, Humberside Police and Trading Standards as to complex legal issues and provides the written arguments and applications to be used in a variety of scenarios.

Examples have included confiscation proceedings, the legality of sexual harm prevention orders and violent offender orders, pre-charge advice, judicial review, actions against the police, legal professional privilege and the use of special procedure warrants.

Teaching and Training

Chris’ reputation and expertise has led to requests to teach advocacy and trial preparation both at home and abroad. In the UK he has taught students studying both the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Professional Training Course.

Abroad he has taught advocacy and trial preparation to lawyers in both Nigeria and Somaliland on behalf of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as part of their counter-terrorism and human rights endeavors in Africa.

This teaching is in addition the CPD lectures he regularly provides to colleagues on a variety of matters. Most recently they have included developments in bad character and hearsay evidence and confiscation proceedings.

Notable cases

  • R v TJ – Defended in a case involving death by dangerous driving in which the defendant had suffered such significant injuries he had no memory of the driving leading up to and including the incident. The case involved multiple experts and cross-examination concerning what conclusions could safely be drawn from the wreckage of the vehicles and speed from CCTV cameras.
  • R v H – Represented the lead defendant in what the Prosecution described as a ‘paedophile ring’. The case involved disputed DNA evidence and extensive cross-examination of children, forensic scientists and police officers.
  • R v Omary & others – Successfully represented the lead Defendant in a complex group rape trial.
  • R v Robinson & Others – 25-handed cocaine-trafficking conspiracy involving multiple gangs across the Midlands. The evidence consisted of tens of thousands of pages of expert evidence, cell-site analysis, ANPR data, covert surveillance and telephone data.
  • R v Fawcett – Led by Peter Moulson QC. Allegations of over 30 years of historic sexual abuse.
  • R v M – Represented a man charged under s.4 Explosive Substances Act 1883 who had constructed a homemade bomb and taken it on public transport. The case involved multiple experts in explosive substances and legal argument as to provisions of law rarely used.
  • R v Anderson – A mother was charged with assisting her husband to abuse her children over a period of 5 years. The case involved the cross-examination of children and social workers.
  • R v Coupland – Case dismissed on legal point concerning the capacity of the complainant.

Contact Chris’ 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

Elaine Foster-Morgan on 0113 213 5217