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Chambers of Christopher Rees
Apex Chambers
32 Park Place
CARDIFF
CF10 3BA
Wales

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

Strong criminal law setApex Chambers is home to a team which is regularly instructed for the defence and prosecution across a gamut of serious cases. Jonathan Elystan Rees KC, whose recent workload includes multi-handed murder cases, garners praise for his ‘exceptional legal mind‘; ‘his ability to control a courtroom on complex and detailed matters of law is almost unparalleled‘. Head of chambers Christopher Rees  stands out as ‘a peerless trial advocate‘. Nicholas Gedge continues to handle cases of serious violence and drugs conspiracies, and Lee Reynolds  specialises in complex fraud matters.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Elystan Rees KCApex ChambersJonathan has an incredible mind and is masterful on disclosure and law. His advocacy is first-rate, and delivered in a way which makes difficult conceptual issues easy for both juries and judges.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Christopher ReesApex ChambersAn extremely talented individual.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Lee ReynoldsApex ChambersLee is a well-grounded, clever advocate, who is one of the leading legal experts in consumer fraud prosecutions. He is highly regarded for his personable and professional demeanour. He has a sharp and brilliant mind, which allows him to quickly identify the relevant issues in a case.’
Ranked: Tier 1
John RyanApex ChambersA hardworking, conscientious counsel who gives clear and concise advice. A strong court advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas GedgeApex ChambersHe is an excellent communicator and very persuasive in his arguments. A very personable barrister with both clients and solicitors.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ruth SmithApex ChambersRuth excels in her preparation and advice. She regularly achieves fantastic results.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Apex Chambers is a friendly and professional set. Quality throughout from the most senior to the most junior of counsel.’

A very strong set across the board.’

The set has a comprehensive offering of barristers.’

There are many good advocates in chambers.’

Clerking

The clerks are very friendly and easily accessible, guided by the experienced head clerk Craig Mansfield.’

Craig Mansfield is very helpful and will go out of his way to make sure we are happy with choice of counsel and their availability.’

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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 KC, 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 KC, Peter (1972)*
Member of Chambers Wyeth KC, Mark (1983)*
* Door Tenants
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Robert Buckland MP photo Robert Buckland MPRobert is a Grade 4 Prosecutor. Robert has maintained a lively defence…
Lucy Crowther photo Lucy CrowtherLucy was appointed as a recorder to the Wales Circuit in 2016.…
Andrew Davies photo Andrew DaviesAndrew’s early practice was in civil law, and he has retained a…
Tim Evans photo Tim EvansSerious crime, particularly serious fraud and confiscation work, regulatory work. Important cases…
Susan Ferrier photo Susan FerrierSusan practises in all types of cases involving serious crime, and has…
Nicholas Gedge photo Nicholas GedgeCriminal law: defence and prosecution (CPS grade 4 prosecutor and member of…
Alexander Greenwood photo Alexander GreenwoodAlex 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,…
Nicola Harris photo Nicola HarrisAfter pupillage in specialised criminal sets in London, Nicola moved to Cardiff.…
Joanna James photo Joanna JamesAll areas of criminal law and regulatory crime, both prosecuting and defending.…
Andrew Kendall photo Andrew KendallAndrew has a broad range of experience both prosecuting and defending criminal…
Kathryn Lane photoMiss Kathryn LaneBarrister
Tim Naylor photo Tim NaylorCriminal, regulatory and disciplinary law practitioner. Tim is regularly instructed to prosecute…
Christopher Rees photo Christopher ReesChristopher is a founder member of Apex Chambers and practises in the…
Jonathan Elystan Rees photo Jonathan Elystan ReesSpecialist criminal advocate with particular experience in fraud, corporate crime, money laundering,…
Lee Reynolds photo Lee ReynoldsLee was called to the Bar in 2002. He specialises in regulatory…
Peter Rouch photo Peter RouchBefore taking silk in 1996, Peter had a substantial junior criminal practice.…
John Ryan photo John Ryan
Ruth Smith photo Ruth SmithRuth is a specialist criminal advocate and member of the Criminal Bar…
Clare Wilks photo Clare WilksClare Wilks is a level 4 CPS panel advocate and is on…