Christopher Ware

Christopher Ware

Year of call: 2007
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Christopher is regularly instructed by leading defence solicitors to advise and represent company directors and other professionals in respect of criminal and regulatory allegations. He has experience of cases pertaining to corporate prosecutions, complex internal investigations, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, fraud, money laundering, regulatory breaches, and trading standards allegations.

Cases:

J v A & B

Led by Jonathan Laidlaw QC. Successfully defended two defendants, company directors and accountants, who were the subject of a private prosecution that alleged eight counts of false accounting. The court ruled that the proceedings be stayed as an Abuse of Process, and at the same time dismissed all charges. Their lay clients were the subject of a private prosecution brought by Julie Davey, a business woman previously in The Sunday Times Rich List. The court had been told that these criminal proceedings were brought as “leverage” in Julie Davey’s ongoing civil litigation, some of which has been the subject of press interest, including the following: The Telegraph (click here to read article), The Times (click here to read article), The Financial Times (click here to read article)

Operation Elvedon

Led by Martin Hicks QC. Represented, in separate proceedings, Ben O’Driscoll (former deputy Editor of The Sun) and Greig Box-Turnbull (former reporter at the Daily Mirror) for allegations of bribing public officials. The investigation, set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, is thought to be one of the most costly in the history of the Metropolitan police.

FCA v H (Operation Cotton)

Christopher defended in this FCA prosecution concerning a £4.3m ‘land-banking’ scheme. The case was one of the largest FCA prosecutions of recent years.

R v G (Operation Callahan)

Junior counsel for the defence, led by David Whittaker, in a 2-month trial representing a senior employee of a telecommunications company in this alleged conspiracy to defraud Vodafone and other mobile network operators out of millions of pounds, and in the defence of the first ever prosecution brought under section 35 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 for establishing and using a Wireless Telegraphy Station without a licence.

Trading Standards v M (Operation Citrus)

Christopher was led by Christopher Coltart QC for the defence in a 6-week trial representing a Company Director in what is thought to be the first prosecution of its kind for various regulatory offences (Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Money Laundering Regulations 2007), as well as money laundering allegations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and fraud allegations.

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