Christopher Amis > 23ES > London, England > Lawyer Profile

1 Gray\'s Inn Square


Christopher Amis, a senior junior barrister with 25 years’ experience, is regularly instructed both for the prosecution and defence in the most serious cases including homicide, organised crime, rape and other serious sexual offences, complex fraud, firearms and large-scale drugs prosecutions.

Appointed to the CPS Serious Crime Group Panel at Level 4 (for the prosecution by CPS HQ of serious organised crime, terrorism, money-laundering and other sensitive cases with a national profile).

He is a Grade 4 prosecutor (General Crime), is on the Rape List and acts for the CPS in London, the South-East and the Thames Valley. Instructed in cases as leading/sole counsel by CPS London’s Complex Casework Unit (Special Casework and Homicide teams) and on a short-list of security-cleared counsel for the prosecution of serious cases involving extremely sensitive material. His practice embraces homicide, organised crime, cyber-crime, child-pornography, all sexual offences, firearms offences, human-trafficking, complex fraud and financial crime, confiscation, restraint of assets and money-laundering.

He often conducts sensitive cases involving complex disclosure issues. Christopher has acted for CPS RASSO units in numerous rape cases throughout London and elsewhere. He also has experience of extradition work. His practice increasingly pits him alone against Queen’s Counsel acting for his opponents. The sensitive cases he prosecutes require the victims’ needs to be placed, at all times, firmly at the forefront of case-preparation and management.

He finished prosecuting (in March 2016), as leading junior counsel, a 5 month, organised crime, drugs trial of seven defendants, two represented by senior Queens’ Counsel, at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Christopher defends at a similar level in the same range of cases. He is instructed to defend in murder trials and has acted as sole counsel in attempted murder, gross-negligence and driving manslaughter cases. He frequently defends in rape cases and those involving historic sexual abuse. Christopher is also instructed to defend fraud and money-laundering allegations. His practice is equally divided between prosecution and defence work.

He is currently instructed to defend, as leading junior counsel, in a 4 month fraud at Teeside Crown Court which will start in April 2017.

 “A reliable and hard-working barrister who gives his best in every case and who is liked and trusted by the professional and lay client. A pleasure to work with.” Soheila Richardson, Richardsons Solicitors


Called 1991; Gray’s Inn.


Criminal Bar Association; Western Circuit.


King’s College, University of London (1990).


Mountaineering, skiing, sailing, family.