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Chambers of Christopher Rees

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

Apex Chambers is a specialist crime and regulatory set where barristers conduct advocacy nationwide. Organised crime, fraud and professional discipline are particular areas of strength; a number of senior members are CPS grade-four prosecutors or on the HSE list of approved prosecutors. Tom Crowther QC, who took silk in 2013, was appointed as a circuit judge in the same year. The set provides an ‘exceptional service' and the clerks’ room is ‘very friendly and easy to deal with'. Senior clerk Craig Mansfield is ‘very professional'. Offices in: Cardiff

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Regional Bar: Wales and Chester Circuit

Within Crime,

With a sizeable team and strength in depth, Apex Chambers provides ‘an exceptional service', and is one of the leading sets in Wales for crime. Its members prosecute and defend on a wide range of cases throughout England and Wales, including complex fraud, large-scale drugs conspiracies and sexual offences. In 2013, counsel acted in a series of high-profile fraud cases including a matter involving the nationwide selling of bogus mobile phone insurance policies.

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Within Leading sets Wales and Chester Circuit - Leading sets

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Within Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing,

A significant number of Apex Chambers’ criminal barristers are experienced in regulatory and health and safety matters. Nicholas Gedge recently represented a custody sergeant in disciplinary proceedings following a death in custody.

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