Christopher May > Chambers of David Josse KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Josse KC
5 St Andrews Hill
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Chris is a heavyweight criminal barrister instructed in some of the most serious and often high profile criminal cases either as the leading junior or sole advocate.

He is ranked in Chambers and Partners for his criminal work.


Chris is the head of the Criminal Prosecutions Team at 5SAH and he is the Senior of the Kent Bar Mess.

Chris accepts direct public access instructions in appropriate cases.

Examples of Chris’s instructions include: murder, organised crime, serious offences against the person and sexual assaults and rapes, including historical allegations.  Chris also has extensive experience of cases involving large-scale frauds, confiscation and asset forfeiture and regulatory health and safety matters involving allegations of corporate manslaughter.

Chris is an experienced criminal barrister and safe pair of hands.  He has an impressive style and presence when appearing in court.

Chambers and Partners 2021:

“A polished advocate who is charming and carries a lot of weight with the jury.”

Client feedback:

“Can I take the opportunity to express my sincere thanks to yourself and of course John [Keal] for your handling of this very difficult and complex case. You have been superb and have delivered a prosecution of the utmost quality. It has been a pleasure working with you.”

Detective Inspector, Complex Abuse Unit Surrey in the case of R v Chilcott and Pusey.

“Mr May was extremely professional, very approachable and in my view his delivery of the evidence was very impressive. This is the second case I have had with Mr May, on both occasions his dedication shone through.”

Feedback from those instructing Chris May. November 2016.



  • Chris was called to the Bar in 1983.
  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) List of prosecuting advocates at Level 4: London and the South Eastern Circuit.
  • CPS Serious Crime Panel at Level 4.
  • CPS rape and serious sexual assault prosecution list: London and the South Eastern Circuit at Level 4.
  • Band C (10 years’ call and above) appointed advocate for the General Dental Council (GDC).


  • South Eastern Circuit (Elected representative for Kent).
  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
  • Senior of the Kent Bar Mess.


  • MA (Hons) Cantab.
  • Exhibitioner in Law, Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Christopher May – 5 St Andrews Hill