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Chambers of Christopher Rees

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Apex is one of Wales' leading sets, providing specialist expertise in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary law.

Apex was set up in 2007 to re-imagine what a provincial chambers could be, with an emphasis on specialisation. It brought together established advocates from Wales and England with a shared commitment to employing the highest level of expertise, the finest advocacy and the greatest determination in client care and service.

Chambers provides advice and assistance across the UK and throughout the criminal process; members regularly advise on the conduct of cases prior to charge and at appellate level. Many members sit as recorders and recently chambers' success has been rewarded with a Silk appointment and two judicial appointments to the circuit bench.

Types of work undertaken: Members prosecute and defend in all types of serious crime, including serious fraud and large-scale regulatory conspiracies throughout England and Wales. Members of chambers are regularly instructed by the CPS complex crime unit to prosecute the highest profile cases on the Wales circuit. Chambers regularly undertakes criminal and disciplinary work on behalf of police officers, including extensive experience in the Police Appeals Tribunal. Members also act for doctors and sportspeople in tribunals, and some barristers have developed an associated specialism in employment law.

Chambers has traditionally had strong ties representing and advising local authorities throughout Wales. In recent years, chambers has built upon this foundation and strengthened links with authorities throughout England. Chambers provides a comprehensive service to local authorities, including extensive and highly regarded training for officers and lawyers enforcing regulatory law. Members of chambers have also advised upon legislation in the National Assembly on behalf of consumer organisations such as Consumer Focus (Wales).

Members of chambers are on the HSE list of approved prosecutors, and are panel members appointed to provide specialist legal advocacy and advisory work for the Welsh government.

Members of chambers also prosecute on behalf of the illegal money lending unit and Natural Resources Wales. Many such cases also involve confiscation proceedings for very significant sums under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Members of chambers are able to conduct public access work in their areas of specalism.

Chambers prides itself on a flexible approach to working arrangements to suit the client, and is gearing up for the changes set to affect the legal market place.

Please contact the clerks to discuss tailored packages for all public access work, including cradle-to-grave prosecutions or defence work.

Recent cases of note:

R v Smith & Others (Op Midas) (2019) - Emma Harris acted as disclosure counsel in £4.7million fraud against Welsh Government involving European grants. The case involved 7 million items of unused material.

R v Williams, Quinn, Galvin and Lloyd (2016 – 2018) – Jonathan Rees QC and Kathryn Lane acted for a defendant in a complex multi-handed conspiracy to defraud concerning the payment of referral fees paid by solicitors for road traffic collision details. Following a complex abuse of process argument the indictment was stayed and the defendant was found Not Guilty.

R v P (2018) - Andrew Kendall successfully defended a 14 year old boy charged with rape and sexual assault. The boy suffered from significant learning difficulties and required the assistance of an intermediary.

R v Cox (2018) – Nick Gedge acted as defence counsel at trial which attracted national media coverage of double s18 GBH arising from dangerous driving outside a Newport nightclub.

Powys County Council v Hurst (DC) [2018] PTSR 1940 – Jonathan Rees QC acted in a case concerning whether, on interpretation, the combined effect of section 25(6) of the Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 and regulation 35(3) of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 was such that a liability order not to be treated as a sum adjudged to be paid by order of the court.

R v Mundy (Ian) [2018] 4 WLR 130 – Jonathan Rees QC acted in a case concerning the scope of orders for reconsideration of the available amount under section 22 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the test on appeal under section 31 of the 2002 Act.

R v DB (2018) – Nick Gedge acted as defence counsel at trial in respect of  sexual allegations dating from late 1950s with issues of abuse of process and doli incapax.

R v Arentsen (2018) – Kathryn Lane represented a vulnerable defendant who was not fit to plead (not fit to provide instructions to his solicitors or counsel) and not fit to stand trial. Throughout the proceedings she provided thorough and lengthy advice on expert Psychiatric evidence and other medical evidence. Following a trial of the acts (where the defendant was charged with 6 counts of violence), her client was acquitted of many of the more serious charges against him.

R v Gay & others ( 2018) – Jonathan Rees QC and Claire Wilks prosecuted 7 defendants for industrial scale mortgage fraud; at the conclusion of a 10 week trial, all defendants were convicted.

R. v Riley & Scott (2018) – Kathryn Lane represented two NHS  nurses charged with ill-treatment and wilful neglect of an elderly patient in a well known Swansea hospital. Following a trial at Swansea Crown Court both nurses were acquitted.

R v EW (2018) – Nick Gedge acted as defence counsel for dentist in NHS fee fraud.

R v Bartlett (2018) – Emma Harris defended at trial in Operation Dino in one of the UK's biggest "cash for crash" investigations. Case involved a total of 84 defendants over the course of several years. 

R v Stromberg (Paul) [2018] 3 WLR 812 –Jonathan Rees QC acted in a case that reviewed the historical background to the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) to issue writs of venire de novo and the scope of its powers.

R v PA (2017) – Nick Gedge successfully secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with rape where there was complex expert evidence re sexomnia.

R v Enos (2017 – 2018) – Nick Gedge acted as defence counsel in a major National Crime Agency investigated case with national media coverage re supply and export of fentanyl via the dark web.

R (McKenzie) v SFO (2016) EWHC 102 (Admin) - Case concerning judicial review on the lawfulness of the SFO's procedure for handling digital LPP material.

R v Eric Evans & others (2013) - Following five days of legal submissions, Mr Justice Hickinbottom dismissed a charge of conspiracy to defraud against six defendants in a commercial transaction worth £170m.

Operation Bugs (2013) - This case was the largest prosecution brought by a Welsh local authority. The case involved the successful prosecution of a conspiracy to defraud, involving call centres falsely claiming to represent SKY television.

R v Nolan Recycling Ltd (2013) - Prosecution on behalf of the HSE, prosecuting a company following the fatal crushing of an employee by a lorry while working on site.

R v Duggan (2013) - One of the first prosecutions under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 of a banned practice of a pyramid selling scheme.

R v Richards and Hope (2013) - High-profile six-month murder case involving the contract killing of a young man in Cardiff.

Above material supplied by Apex Chambers (Chambers of Christopher Rees).

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