Christopher Ware

Christopher Ware

"A polished performer who offers great insight into a case. He is erudite and articulate and will roll up his sleeves and get into the detail when required." "Chris is very bright, extremely efficient and great fun to work with."

Chambers UK 2021
Year of call: 2007
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Criminal Defence

Christopher is instructed by leading solicitors in cases of the utmost seriousness and complexity. He appears in cases across the criminal spectrum including allegations of perjury, perverting the course of justice, violence, drugs and sexual offences.


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)

R v A

Christopher is currently instructed to represent a property developer accused of being at the helm of a conspiracy to distribute class A drugs across the country (led by Jonathan Laidlaw QC).

Operation Yewtree

Christopher was led by Lord Macdonald QC during High Court Proceedings against a well-known individual for allegations brought in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

R v Ben O’Driscoll (Operation Elveden)

Christopher was led by Martin Hicks QC in the defence of a former Deputy Editor of The Sun for allegations of misconduct in public office.

R v Ben Ashford (Operation Tuleta)

Christopher was led by Orlando Pownall QC in the defence of a former reporter at The Sun for allegations of computer hacking brought under the Computer Misuse Act.

R v Greig Box-Turnbull (Operation Elveden)

Christopher was led by Martin Hicks QC in the defence of a former reporter at the Daily Mirror for allegations of bribery and corruption of public officials.

R v B

Led junior for the defence in a 3-month trial concerning a complex international multi-million pound conspiracy to cheat the Revenue following a lengthy investigation by HMRC and SOCA (as they then were). Described by HMRC as one of their 10 most serious cases of the year.

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