Christopher Gillespie

Christopher Gillespie

"An extremely effective cross-examiner, but it is done is a respectful manner. He is firm but not aggressive, and also pragmatic – he never takes any bad points."

Legal 500 UK 2021
Year of call: 1991
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Chris is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for Health & Safety, Professional Discipline and Criminal Fraud and in Chambers and Partners for Criminal Fraud. After twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting serious crime, he is now instructed exclusively to defend corporate and individual defendants in criminal regulatory proceedings (health and safety, environmental, food safety and fire) and criminal fraud proceedings. Reviewers have noted that “his performances at court are consummate” and that “he works seamlessly with clients.”

Chris also specialises in professional discipline work, presenting cases for the National College for Teaching and Leadership (the regulatory body of the teaching profession), the General Dental Council, the General Optical Council, the General Osteopathic Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He defends in cases before other regulators such as the General Medical Council and the Football Association.

Chris also has a substantial advisory practice. He is frequently asked to advise at the early stages of criminal regulatory proceedings and on issues such as professional privilege. He delivers training sessions on criminal regulatory and professional discipline matters to solicitors and other professionals.

His experience in the fields of health and safety and professional discipline leads to instructions on behalf of interested parties at inquests including corporates, members of the medical profession and care homes.

Chris accepts Direct Access instructions.

What others say:

“A very able advocate with gravitas, who will go the extra mile.” – Legal 500 2020

“Fantastic…..” – Chambers UK 2018

“A name to note in the criminal/regulatory sphere.” – Legal 500 2017

“An impressive advocate and a scrupulously fair prosecutor.” – Legal 500 2017

“Fantastic in cross-examination and very good at reassuring the client.” – Chambers UK 2018

“He’s hard working, fearless and he gets results.” – Chambers UK 2017

“He was the best advocate in the trial we had. He had to negotiate a tricky cut-throat issue, and whilst others went off-piste or didn’t put the work in, he shone. He knew the case well and had fully thought through the line he was going to take.” – Chambers UK 2017

“Able to put even the most vulnerable witnesses at ease.” – Legal 500 2016

“Able to digest a large volume of documentation quickly and thoroughly.” – Legal 500 2016

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