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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After twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting serious crime, Chris now practises exclusively in the regulatory sphere.

In professional discipline, Chris works primarily for the defence and is instructed by all the major medical and dental insurers to represent doctors and dentists before the MPTS and GDC. He is regularly instructed to represent the interests of doctors at inquests. However, he is also instructed to present cases for the GOsC and has in the past been instructed by GOC, GPhC and RCVS. He has appeared for the NMC in the Divisional Court.

Chris also represents corporate and individual defendants in criminal regulatory cases brought by the HSE, EA and local authorities and at inquests. He is currently instructed with Jonathan Laidlaw QC to represent the crowd management and security company at the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

Chris also has a substantial advisory practice with a focus on gambling and licensing matters. He is frequently asked to advise at the early stages of criminal regulatory proceedings and on issues such as professional privilege.

Chris accepts Direct Access instructions.

What others say:

“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 2021

“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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