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Richard Christie QC

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187 Fleet Street Chambers (Chambers of Andrew Trollope QC and Richard Christie QC)


Specialises in all areas of criminal work, particularly serious fraud, murder and cases requiring substantial client care. Expertise in MTIC cases, both criminally and in the VAT tribunal. Recently defended in the hugely complicated historic axe murder of Private Eye Daniel Morgan: linked to the phone-hacking scandal, featured on Panorama and the longest pre-trial legal argument in English Criminal Law. Also prosecuted multimillion pound ten-handed excise fraud featured on ITV programme ‘Fiddles, Cheats and Scams’. Both SFO’s panels of approved Queen’s Counsel (fraud and confiscation). Rough-justice cases and J.R. for Criminal Cases Review Commission. Trained with Touche Ross and Co. Those marked with a (P) below were prosecution briefs: (1) R v X (£40m VAT fraud – extensive PII – D. an informant – acquitted); (2) R v Smith (Murder appeal based on fresh evidence); (3) R v Walpole (conspiracy to import cocaine and cannabis (over one tonne); (4) R v Grady (letters of credit fraud on the Clearing Banks – acquitted); (5) R v Chapman (£16.75m MTIC VAT fraud); (6) R v Piggott (£44m MTIC fraud – off-shore companies. Confiscation and ancillary relief proceedings – RCJ). (P); (7) R v Carine (Appeal – Southend airport conspirators (250kg of cocaine); (8) R v Bush (Appeal – murder); (9) R v Strain (Hydro carbons fraud and confiscation – Northern Irish criminal fraternity) (P); (10) R v Carter (murder trial – complicated forensic evidence – successfully argued that there had been no killing at all – acquitted); (11) R v Duffy (murder – successful diminished responsibility – battered mother to death with hammer); (12) R v Long (Serious fraud/arson trial – target criminal) (P); (13) R v Donnan (£35m MTIC money laundering and confiscation) (P); (14) R v Bodden (Murder – Cayman Islands – acquitted); (15) R v Nevers (Attacks on 9 women) (P); (16) R v Ahmed (Appeal: rape and kidnap – Islamic marriage. LPP, fresh evidence from LPP material); (17) R v Abu and others (3.5 month immigration fraud) (P); (18) R v Tambengwa (Murder and serious sexual offences on child) (P); (19) R v Small (Appeal – historic sexual offences. Conviction quashed. Re trial 2009 – acquitted); (20) R v Mahmood (Appeal – serious sexual offences. Appeal (quashed) – re-trial – 2nd appeal: acquitted); (21) R v Hale (Murder – missing victim. Note “By fire, by sea, by landsite, by acid.” Front page Evening Standard and Sky News. Acquitted); (22) R v Rees (Murder, police corruption, 750,000 pp. of material, 5 month abuse of process; 5 previous enquiries. Acquitted); (23) R v Conroy (Ten-handed excise fraud and confiscation– organised crime) (P); (24) R v Briggs (£1bn Cocaine importation, firearms – acquitted); (25) R v Hanson (Conspiracy to murder – contract killing – acquitted); (26) R v Gill (£38m carbon credit fraud); (27) R v Naqshbandi (£6m – crash for cash conspiracy to defraud); (28) R v Dudley (Gross-negligence manslaughter – acquitted); (29) R v Durham (11 x conspiracy to rob CIT vans – 6/11 acquitted – large scale fit up alleged); (30) R v Beck (Murder); (31) R v Mohamoed – (Attempt murder/rape); (32) R v Yearsley (multimillion pound confiscation) (P); (33) R v Tucker (rough-justice appeal – fresh evidence); (34) R v Bensley (£24m MTIC fraud – acquitted).


Called 1986; Inner; QC 2006; Deputy Taxing Master – 2002; Head of Chambers – 2 Pump Court – 2008-2014; Recorder – 2009; chairman of Essex Bar Mess – 2011; joint head of Chambers – 187 Fleet Street following merger with 2 Pump Court – 2014. Publications of note: VHCC Guide 2004.




CBA, South Eastern Circuit, POCLA.


Manchester University (Personal Tutor – Baroness Hale of Richmond)(degrees and qualifications with years attained): LLB (1984) and then Bar finals (1986).


Cinema, walking, Scotland.

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Richard Christie QC - 187 Fleet Street ChambersA man dedicated to detail and fearless in court.

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