Noted for his ability to handle criminal matters of the utmost seriousness, including the defence of some particularly challenging cases of murder, manslaughter and sexual violence. He receives plaudits for both his prosecution and defence work.
Strengths: "He is careful, forthright and brilliant in court." "He is very careful in his preparation and precise in his questioning."
Recent work: Instructed to prosecute a vulnerable defendant charged with the murder of a man with whom she had experienced a long and abusive relationship.
Leading Silk - Band 1
Leading criminal silk with a wide-ranging sports practice who has recognised expertise in anti-doping matters. He is frequently called upon to sit as a tribunal chairman. He has been particularly active in cases concerning rugby and horse racing.
Strengths: "He is very astute with an extremely good knowledge of the law as it applies to sport, and he's not afraid to make difficult decisions."
Recent work: Appointed to lead a review of the composition and operation of the British Horseracing Authority Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee.
Christopher Quinlan QC