Mr Christopher Paxton QC > Red Lion Chambers > Chelmsford, England > Lawyer Profile

Red Lion Chambers
Red Lion Chambers


Chris has considerable experience in defending and prosecuting both as a leading and led junior across a broad range of disciplines and has experience in fraud, road transport and regulatory work, manslaughter, murder, serious organised crime and serious sexual offences in a wide range of cases and before various courts and tribunals. Chris prosecutes for the CPS, DVSA, GMC and local authorities. Chris defends both private individuals and companies and has particular expertise in the road transport and regulatory field and works throughout the UK both in court and in an advisory capacity.  He has also advised in a broad range of cases including I.P.C.C submissions and brings his forensic skills to assist in civil litigation. He has developed particular expertise in prosecuting and defending cases of sexual allegations involving the very young and vulnerable.

In recent years he has acted as a leading junior in a number of cases including murder, organised crime, fraud and sexual offences and his diverse practice is such that he is said to be able to turn his hand to any type of case.


Year of call: 1991
Inn: Grays 
Year made QC: 2019


Criminal Bar Association, Essex Bar Mess, South Eastern Circuit, Gray’s Inn


University College, Cardiff LLB (HONS).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher Paxton QCRed Lion ChambersAbsolutely a go-to silk at the criminal Bar.

Red Lion Chambers is a heavyweight criminal set in East Anglia, with its barristers frequently instructed in murder, organised crime and sexual offences cases. Christopher Paxton QC led the prosecution in a highly complex murder trial, concerning a man who received over 70 blows before his body was set on fire – there were no witnesses to the offence, and the conviction was based primarily on circumstantial evidence and a partial confession. In another case, Jane Oldfield prosecuted a mother and father who were convicted of causing serious injuries to their twin babies; both defendants blamed each other and denied knowledge of the injuries.

London Bar > Crime

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher Paxton QCRed Lion ChambersA passionate, enthusiastic prosecutor excellent at fostering a team spirit.