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

Chambers of David Josse QC
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Chris practises in crime, business crime and professional discipline & regulatory law.


Chris May 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. 

Chris is ranked in Chambers and Partners (2017 & 2018 editions) as a leader in the field of crime at the London Bar. Chris is the head of the Criminal Team at 5SAH and he is the Senior of the Kent Bar Mess.

“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.

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.

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

Chris accepts direct public access instructions in appropriate cases.


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.