Christopher Quinlan QC

Year of call: 1992 | Silk: 2011

An absolutely outstanding advocate. His many years of criminal advocacy in the Crown Court have given him skills which are perfect for appearing in disciplinary, safeguarding and doping cases." 
Chambers UK 2020

Christopher Christopher QC

Christopher is Head of the Guildhall’s Crime Team and also the Sports Team. He is a criminal, sports and regulatory law silk. He is an accomplished and very experienced trial advocate and Crown Court Recorder. He prosecutes and defends cases of the utmost gravity, including homicide and serious sexual allegations.

Christopher appears before and is a highly experienced chairman of numerous sport disciplinary bodies and panels. Author of the 'Quinlan Review', the LTA’s Independent Review into events at Wrexham Tennis Centre, and he is the independent Chair of World Rugby's Judicial Panel and also the Independent Chair of The Football Association’s Judicial Panel. He is now firmly established as a leading member of the Sports Bar in England and Wales.

Crime

"A powerhouse advocate who has incredible attention to detail."
Chambers UK 2019

"He is careful, forthright and brilliant in court" and "He is very careful in his preparation and precise in his questioning."
Chambers UK 2018

Christopher is a criminal, sports and regulatory law silk. He is an accomplished and very experienced trial advocate and Crown Court Recorder. He prosecutes and defends cases of the utmost gravity, including homicide and serious sexual allegations. Together with ongoing homicide practice, recent examples of his cases include the following.

  • Prosecuted two defendants who murdered a man in the nightclub in Bristol in a revenge attack which had its origins in a gang feud. A third defendant assisted them by taking the knives from the scene.  All three were convicted.
  • Prosecuted a homicide case in which the defendants were, uncommonly, charged separately, one with murder and the other manslaughter in respect of the same victim. The defendants attacked a young soldier in Brecon. One was a highly rated amateur boxer.
  • Prosecuted three defendants, a mother, her son and his girlfriend. The first two were charged with the murder of her husband and his step-father. They beat him to death in the matrimonial home after a bout of drinking. Thereafter, with the third defendant they lied about what happened. Out of those lying accounts to police, all three were char