Nicholas Gedge > Chambers of Christopher Rees > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Criminal law: defence and prosecution (CPS grade 4 prosecutor and member of Serious Organised Crime Panel and Attorney Generars list). General crime plus regular representation of medical professionals in criminal cases. Significant cases include: defence: Operation Jasmine (counsel for GP in 2 month trial re allegations of dishonesty and making false declarations on a cremation certificate); R v Dr O (junior counsel for GP accused of attempted rape and indecent assault); R v Or P (counsel for GP accused of serial prescription fraud); R v D (counsel for dental hygienist accused of indecently assaulting a patient); R v S (counsel for GP accused of sexually assaulting two patients) ; Operation Corolla junior defence counsel in major Class A drug conspiracy). Prosecution: Operation Washer junior defence counsel in £1m+ car ringing conspiracy); Operation Rebus (prosecution junior in major Class A drug conspiracy); Operation Texas (prosecution junior in over 60kg Manchester/South Wales heroin conspiracy). Professional discipline: representation of medical professionals in disciplinary hearings (General Medical Council, General Dental Council, General Council of Chiropractors, Health Professions Council) and also police officers in disciplinary proceedings. Significant cases include: GMC v Dr B, counsel for hospital doctor in connection with allegations of dishonesty relating to prescriptions and the taking of controlled drugs outside the jurisdiction; GMC v DrS, counsel for consultant – allegations of dishonesty re the misappropriation and misuse of medical research; GMC v Dr R & Dr R, counsel for consultant and GP re allegations of misconduct in the running of a care horne; GOC v A, counsel for dental hygienist-fitness to practice re criminal convictions; Re Sgt M, counsel for custody sergeant in disciplinary proceedings re death in custody. Inquests: regular representation of medical professionals and health trusts in inquests. Significant cases include: ReG, counsel for prison doctor in high profile five-week inquest re death of prisoner In HMP Blakenhurst; Re H, counsel for health trust re death of prisoner in HMP Stafford; ReD, counsel for prison doctor re death of prisoner In HMP Bristol; Re H, counsel for health trust re death of psychiatric patient on escorted home visit.

Career

Called 2000; Middle Temple.

Education

Eton College; Cambridge University, St John’s College (MA).

Leisure

Music, family, sport, horses.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Nicholas GedgeApex Chambers

The crime team at Apex Chambers is known to ‘provide an excellent level of service’. Headed by Christopher Rees, who is described as the ‘go-to’ counsel for the most serious offences in Wales, the team offers a balanced practice across prosecution and defence in some of the region’s most serious cases.  Lee Reynolds continues to build his complex national and international fraud practice, recently involved in a case concerning other products being sold for human consumption as lobster. Nicholas Gedge and Rees are regularly involved in Class A drug conspiracy cases, while Marian Lewis specialises in sensitive sexual offences matters, particularly with vulnerable people. Jonathan Elystan Rees QC adds expertise at the Silk level.