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Chambers of Christopher Rees

20 CATHEDRAL ROAD, CARDIFF, CF11 9LJ, WALES
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Nicholas Gedge

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Apex Chambers (Chambers of Christopher Rees)

Position

Criminal law: defence and prosecution (CPS grade 4 prosecutor and member of Attorney General’s list). General crime plus regular representation of medical professionals in criminal cases. Significant cases include: Defence: Operation Jasmine (counsel for GP on charges of dishonesty and making false declarations on a cremation certificate in connection with major inquiry into care home standards); R v Dr O (junior counsel for GP accused of attempted rape and indecent assault); R v Dr P (counsel for GP accused of serial prescription fraud); R v D (counsel for dental hygienist accused of indecently assaulting a patient); Operation Betteem (defence counsel in case of alleged conspiracy to take indecent photographs of children); Operation Corolla (junior defence counsel in major Class A drug conspiracy). Prosecution: Operation Washer (junior defence counsel in £1m+ car ringing conspiracy); Operation Rebus (prosecution junior in major Class A drug conspiracy); Operation Texas (prosecution junior in over 60kg Manchester/South Wales heroin conspiracy). Professional discipline: regular representation of medical professionals in disciplinary hearings (General Medical Council, General Dental Council, General Council of Chiropractors, Health Professions Council) and also police officers in disciplinary proceedings. Significant cases include: GMC v Dr B, counsel for hospital doctor in connection with allegations of dishonesty relating to prescriptions and the taking of controlled drugs outside the jurisdiction; GMC v Dr S, counsel for consultant – allegations of dishonesty re the misappropriation and misuse of medical research; GMC v Dr R & Dr R, counsel for consultant and GP re allegations of misconduct in the running of a care home; GDC v A, counsel for dental hygienist – fitness to practice re criminal convictions; Re Sgt M, counsel for custody sergeant in disciplinary proceedings re death in custody. Inquests: regular representation of medical professionals and health trusts in inquests. Significant cases include: Re G, counsel for prison doctor in high profile five-week inquest re death of prisoner in HMP Blakenhurst; Re H, counsel for health trust re death of prisoner in HMP Stafford; Re D, counsel for prison doctor re death of prisoner in HMP Bristol; Re H, counsel for health trust re death of psychiatric patient on escorted home visit; Re B, counsel for health trust re post partum death of young mother.

Career

Called 2000; Middle Temple.

Education

Eton College; Cambridge University, St John’s College (MA).

Leisure

Music, family, sport, horses.

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