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Prosecuting Barrister

Christopher Knox

Called in 1974, Christopher Knox is always interested in the unusual and challenging, and with his extensive experience of jury trials is recognised as a leading and tenacious advocate. Christopher is regularly instructed in serious cases such as homicide and complex financial crime, including as a leader.

Christopher is instructed in a range of regulatory matters, including professional discipline, environmental protection and prosecuting and defending under the Waste Management Regulations, including illegal tipping and scrapping, as well as cases relating to allegations of animal cruelty.

Recent cases include the successful dismissal of private prosecution proceedings against a large land developer based on alleged damage to the habitat of the legally protected Great Crested Newt.

Christopher is instructed in Proceeds of Crime (POCA) cases brought by Local Authorities and other public bodies seeking to recover assets arising from regulatory breaches such as trademark infringement, environmental protection, tipping and scrapping.

He is instructed by the prosecution and defence in serious sex cases including sexual assault, rape, historical and institutionalised sexual abuse, indecent images, prostitution, soliciting and internet grooming.
Christopher is a Crown Court Recorder authorised to try Class 2 Serious Sex Cases. He is also a Grade 4 Prosecutor CPS.

Christopher has particular expertise in disclosure and third-party disclosure issues in criminal proceedings. He is instructed in complex Proceeds of Crime (POCA) cases particularly arising from regulatory offences prosecuted by local authorities. He is experienced in financial crime cases involving allegations of fraud, conspiracy to defraud, mortgage fraud and money laundering.

Christopher was instructed in one of the first prosecutions under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 where a landlord is alleged to have exploited his tenants to work without pay in return for accommodation.

Christopher is regularly recognised in the leading legal directories:

Legal 500

"Notable recent cases have involved political extremism, modern slavery, and firearms"
"Brilliant on his feet"
"His care and passion for each and every case really shows."
"He always goes the extra mile"
“impresses with his ‘quality of preparation’"

Chambers & Partners

"An experienced barrister who is praised for his skilful advocacy in organised crime cases. While he regularly acts for the defence, he has also represented the CPS and HMRC. He has significant experience in homicide cases and matters concerning financial crime". “Agile in court and extremely experienced."
"He prepares his cases in a meticulous manner and his advocacy is first class."
"He is a tenacious and able advocate." "Experienced in a huge range of cases."
"He's exceptionally able and in demand."
“Impressive junior with an extremely diverse practice, he has significant experience in homicide cases and matters concerning financial crime.”
“He's a seasoned performer who leaves the court impressed."

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