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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Private Prosecution

Christopher has significant experience of complex prosecutions. He also accepts instructions in private prosecutions. He is currently acting for two defendants accused of false accounting who are being privately prosecuted by a well known businesswoman, (led by Jonathan Laidlaw QC).

He has experience on the prosecution side of substantial cases brought by such bodies as, The National Crime Agency, Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority (also see Business Crime and Financial Services above).

He prosecuted some of the more serious allegations that arose in Operation Withern, in the aftermath of the 2011 London riots, including for arson, and perverting the course of justice.


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 Sally Murrer & Others

Acted as junior counsel to Sir Allan Green QC in this prosecution of two journalists, a former police officer and others for misconduct in public office. The case involved complex and lengthy legal argument as to Article 10 rights and journalists’ protection from state interference.

Operation Withern

Acted for prosecution on behalf of the Serious, Complex Crime Unit in a number of trials across London arising out of the summer riots of 2011. Cases included those of arson, violent disorder and perverting the course of justice.

R v VR (Operation Evelegh)

Appeared alone for the prosecution in this investigation into a series of violent knifepoint robberies across London targeting vulnerable premises. Conspiracy to rob and fraud allegations.

R v Pluck & 2 Others (Operation Eleroy) [2013] Crim 2520

Junior counsel, led by Oliver Glasgow, in a case of perverting the course of justice and perjury relating to three of the original prosecution witnesses in a 9-handed murder trial. Instructed by the CPS Homicide Team.

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