Christopher is a criminal and regulatory law silk with extensive experience in sports law. He is a Recorder and highly-experienced chairman of numerous sport disciplinary bodies and member of disciplinary panels.
Christopher is an experienced trial advocate specialising in serious crime. Christopher took silk in 2011. He has continued to prosecute and defend cases of the utmost gravity, including murder, manslaughter, and serious sexual allegations. He has also appeared in Criminal Cases Review Commission cases.
Recent cases of note include:
Listed as the first “notable practitioner” in Chambers & Partners 2014 ‘Sport – The Regions’, Christopher advises, appears before, and chairs disciplinary tribunals in a wide variety of sports, including football, rugby union, rugby league, horseracing and equestrian, motorsport, lawn tennis, boxing and golf.
In 2012 he added the London Olympics to the portfolio of international sporting tournaments with which he has been involved professionally. He is involved at domestic, European and International levels. His sports disciplinary practice has taken him throughout Europe and New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. To that can be added the Rugby World Cup, 6 Nations Autumn Internationals (Northern & Southern Hemispheres), Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cups ('ERC'), English Premier league and (rugby) Premiership. He spent September and October of 2011 in New Zealand as an IRB Judicial Officer at the Rugby World Cup.
He is retained to sit on a number of sporting disciplinary and regulatory Panels. He has an international reputation as an expert in anti-doping regulations. In 2012 he was the only British lawyer appointed to the IRB Anti-Doping Panel.
He frequently lectures at sporting and anti-doping conferences.
Christopher has developed his regulatory junior practice in silk, with an expertise in Environmental Law. In 2012 and 2013 he prosecuted a number of high-profile cases for Natural Resources Wales (and its predecessor Environment Agency Wales). Those complex cases concerned the illegal depositing of millions of pounds of waste within and without the UK.
Recorder of Crown Court (2009)
Sport Resolutions (UK) Panel of Arbitrators
Legal Member, National Anti-Doping Panel
Legal Member, National Child Safeguarding in Sport Panel
Specialist Panel Member, Football Association Judicial Panel
Judicial Officer, International Rugby Board (‘IRB’)
Anti-Doping Panel Judicial Officer, IRB
European Rugby Cup (‘ERC’), Judicial Officer Panel
Chairman and Judicial Officer, RFU
Criminal Bar Association (Western Circuit Representative on Executive Committee)
British Association for Sport and Law
Bristol Medico-Legal Society