Set Profile > Apex Chambers > Cardiff, Wales

Chambers of Christopher Rees
Apex Chambers
CF11 9LJ

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

Appearing on both sides of criminal cases, members of Apex Chambers are involved in cases of note across Wales. The set's members have multi-defendant murder cases and sexual offending cases involving vulnerable witnesses, as well as complex fraud: Christopher Rees prosecuted a £800,000 fraud on the NHS that received nationwide publicity, while Andrew Kendall prosecuted the members of a "county lines" gang known as the "Dredd Line", who received sentences totalling seventeen years imprisonment. Marian Lewis joined from 30 Park Place Chambers in June 2019.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Elystan Rees QC - Apex ChambersHis technical ability in knowing the law and how to apply it to any given case is first class, including his ability to identify a legal issue in a case that is not obvious to all.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Christopher Rees - Apex ChambersRecommended for very high cost cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Ryan - Apex ChambersKey areas of practice include drug conspiracies, violence, and sexual offences.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ruth Smith - Apex ChambersShe specialises in cases involving vulnerable witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 2
Clare Wilks - Apex ChambersParticularly experienced in sexual offences cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lucy Crowther - Apex ChambersA careful and composed advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lee Reynolds - Apex ChambersHe is well-respected for his experience prosecuting major fraud causes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Evans - Apex ChambersFraud and drug offences make up key elements of his practice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Susan Ferrier - Apex ChambersRecommended for complex conspiracy cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Gedge - Apex ChambersHis practice includes violent, sexual, and drug-related offences.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Marian Lewis - Apex ChambersShe is especially good with vulnerable clients and develops an excellent rapport with them.
Ranked: Tier 3

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

Alexander Greenwood of Apex Chambers is noted for his local authority prosecution work among other areas regulatory and criminal work, including representing businesses in POCA proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Alexander Greenwood - Apex ChambersPredominantly instructed to prosecute regulatory offences.
Ranked: Tier 1

Professional disciplinary law

Apart from representing medical professionals at the GMC, GDC, General Chiropractic Council and the HCPC, Nicholas Gedge of Apex Chambers also acts for police officers in disciplinary proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Nicholas Gedge - Apex ChambersRecommended for disciplinary work in the medical sector.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Cardiff-based Apex Chambers handles a range of criminal, regulatory, and disciplinary law. The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, remains a door tenant.


Apex is one of Wales’ leading sets, providing specialist expertise in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary law.

Apex was set up in 2007 to re-imagine what a provincial chambers could be, with an emphasis on specialisation. It brought together established advocates from Wales and England with a shared commitment to employing the highest level of expertise, the finest advocacy and the greatest determination in client care and service.

Chambers provides advice and assistance across the UK and throughout the criminal process; members regularly advise on the conduct of cases prior to charge and at appellate level. Many members sit as recorders and recently chambers’ success has been rewarded with a Silk appointment and two judicial appointments to the circuit bench.

Types of work undertaken: Members prosecute and defend in all types of serious crime, including serious fraud and large-scale regulatory conspiracies throughout England and Wales. Members of chambers are regularly instructed by the CPS complex crime unit to prosecute the highest profile cases on the Wales circuit. Chambers regularly undertakes criminal and disciplinary work on behalf of police officers, including extensive experience in the Police Appeals Tribunal. Members also act for doctors and sportspeople in tribunals, and some barristers have developed an associated specialism in employment law.

Chambers has traditionally had strong ties representing and advising local authorities throughout Wales. In recent years, chambers has built upon this foundation and strengthened links with authorities throughout England. Chambers provides a comprehensive service to local authorities, including extensive and highly regarded training for officers and lawyers enforcing regulatory law. Members of chambers have also advised upon legislation in the National Assembly on behalf of consumer organisations such as Consumer Focus (Wales).

Members of chambers are on the HSE list of approved prosecutors, and are panel members appointed to provide specialist legal advocacy and advisory work for the Welsh government.

Members of chambers also prosecute on behalf of the illegal money lending unit and Natural Resources Wales. Many such cases also involve confiscation proceedings for very significant sums under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Members of chambers are able to conduct public access work in their areas of specalism.

Chambers prides itself on a flexible approach to working arrangements to suit the client, and is gearing up for the changes set to affect the legal market place.

Please contact the clerks to discuss tailored packages for all public access work, including cradle-to-grave prosecutions or defence work.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Craig Mansfield
First clerk Nadia Brown
Clerk Sandra Harvey
Clerk Rosemary Regan
Clerk Cerys Tanner
Member of Chambers REES, Christopher (1996)
Member of Chambers REES QC, Jonathan (2000)
Member of Chambers JONES, Nick Gareth (1970)
Member of Chambers LEWIS, Marian (1970)
Member of Chambers EVANS, Tim (1984)
Member of Chambers FERRIER, Susan (1985)
Member of Chambers TAYLOR, Andrew (1985)
Member of Chambers SMITH, Ruth (1987)
Member of Chambers DAVIES, Andrew (1992)
Member of Chambers HARRIS, Nicola (1992)*
Member of Chambers RYAN, John (1997)
Member of Chambers CROWTHER, Lucy (1999)
Member of Chambers WILKS, Clare (2000)
Member of Chambers GEDGE, Nicholas (2000)
Member of Chambers GREENWOOD, Alexander (2002)
Member of Chambers REYNOLDS, Lee (2002)
Member of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Rebecca (2005)
Member of Chambers SALMMAN, Hashim (2005)
Member of Chambers JAMES, Joanna*(2008)
Member of Chambers WYNN MORGAN, Lowri (2010)
Member of Chambers KENDALL, Andrew (2010)
Member of Chambers LANE, Kathryn (2013)
Member of Chambers RUTTER, Rosamund (2013)
Member of Chambers YEO, Jenny (1984)
Member of Chambers HARRIS, Emma (2008)
Member of Chambers EVANS, Christopher (2011)
Member of Chambers STROBL, Nik (2014)
Member of Chambers JACKSON, Abigail (2017)
Member of Chambers SMITH-HIGGINS, Martha (2018)
Member of Chambers AUSTIN, Jonathan*
Member of Chambers AP MIHANGEL, Sion*
Member of Chambers ROUCH QC, Peter (1972)*
Member of Chambers Wyeth QC, Mark (1983)*
* Door Tenants
Photo Name Position Profile
 Robert Buckland MP photo Robert Buckland MP Robert is a Grade 4 Prosecutor. Robert has maintained a lively defence…
 Lucy Crowther  photo Lucy Crowther Lucy was appointed as a recorder to the Wales Circuit in 2016.…
 Andrew Davies  photo Andrew Davies Andrew’s early practice was in civil law, and he has retained a…
 Tim Evans  photo Tim Evans Serious crime, particularly serious fraud and confiscation work, regulatory work. Important cases…
 Susan Ferrier  photo Susan Ferrier Susan practises in all types of cases involving serious crime, and has…
 Nicholas Gedge  photo Nicholas Gedge Criminal law: defence and prosecution (CPS grade 4 prosecutor and member of…
 Alexander Greenwood  photo Alexander Greenwood Alex specialises in regulatory prosecutions and criminal law and was formerly a…
 Rebecca Griffiths (née Oakley)  photo Rebecca Griffiths (née Oakley) Current Appointments Disability Qualified Member, Social Entitlement TribunalList B Specialist Regulatory Advocate,…
 Rebecca Griffiths (née Oakley)  photo Rebecca Griffiths (née Oakley) Current Appointments Disability Qualified Member, Social Entitlement TribunalList B Specialist Regulatory Advocate,…
 Nicola Harris  photo Nicola Harris After pupillage in specialised criminal sets in London, Nicola moved to Cardiff.…
 Joanna James  photo Joanna James All areas of criminal law and regulatory crime, both prosecuting and defending.…
 Andrew Kendall  photo Andrew Kendall Andrew has a broad range of experience both prosecuting and defending criminal…
Miss Kathryn Lane  photo Miss Kathryn Lane Barrister
 Tim Naylor  photo Tim Naylor Criminal, regulatory and disciplinary law practitioner. Tim is regularly instructed to prosecute…
 Jonathan Elystan Rees  photo Jonathan Elystan Rees Specialist criminal advocate with particular experience in fraud, corporate crime, money laundering,…
 Christopher Rees  photo Christopher Rees Christopher is a founder member of Apex Chambers and practises in the…
 Lee Reynolds  photo Lee Reynolds Lee was called to the Bar in 2002. He specialises in regulatory…
 Peter Rouch photo Peter Rouch Before taking silk in 1996, Peter had a substantial junior criminal practice.…
 John Ryan  photo John Ryan
 Ruth Smith  photo Ruth Smith Ruth is a specialist criminal advocate and member of the Criminal Bar…
 Clare Wilks  photo Clare Wilks Clare Wilks is a level 4 CPS panel advocate and is on…