hewertson

Practice area

Crime

Year of call: 2007


Christopher is a criminal barrister who is instructed for the defence and prosecution in complex and lengthy trials.  He has a proven track record successfully defending clients charged with the most serious offences, including rapes of children, attempted murder and kidnap.  He has made his name over the last five years in multi-handed trials orientated around gang shootings, drugs trafficking, financial crime and POCA offences.  He regularly garners the praise of the judiciary and his clients for his tenacious eye for detail, formidable cross-examinations and legal argument.

Christopher has significant experience of representing private clients with impeccable results.  He recently acted for an Uber driver tried for committing sexual assaults in the course of his work.  He successfully opposed the admission of bad character evidence (similar prior conduct) and, following his cross-examination of the complainant, the prosecution dropped the case without need for half-time argument.

He is a Grade 4 CPS Prosecutor and is an experienced member of the Serious Crime Group, Counter-Terrorism and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences specialist panels.

Christopher has conducted a number of high-profile cases against Queen’s Counsel.  Many of his cases have attracted great media interest.

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Recent Instructions

R v G and others (CCC, 2021), Operation Detroit

A number of gangland shootings, underpinned by the supply of controlled drugs and inter-gang feuds concerning reputation, retaliation and revenge.  Trident investigation.  At least four, separate Old Bailey trials.  Instructed by Richard Heatley and James Donohue of CPS London North.

R v P and others (Snaresbrook, 2021), Operation Abasia

A further shooting between warring factions from the Broadwater Farm Estate and Tottenham who took their hostilities to a ‘shoot-out’ at 5am following an after-party on an industrial road in Leyton.  Trident investigation.  A pair of trials.

R v A and others (St Albans, 2021), Operation Topaz

An organised crime group distributing multiple kilograms of importation grade cocaine to regional wholesalers across England.  Multiple couriers and a large customer base.  The known conspiracy spanned surveillance, Encro phone arrangements and vast telecoms communications over 6 months.  ERSOU investigation.  Instructed by Charles White of the Thames Valley Complex Cases Unit.

 

Recent Cases

 R v G (Huntingdon, 2020)

Successful prosecution of a violent rape in young woman’s home.  1000s of text messages demonstrating nature of the relationship.  Complex matters of law and admissibility.

https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/18943965.man-raped-woman-home-stalking/

R v D (Canterbury, 2020)

Successful prosecution of a professional care home manager for rape of a colleague on a train from Canterbury to Ramsgate following a work Christmas party.  The rape occurred as he escorted the victim into the toilet cubicle to be sick, locking the door, the defendant’s wife knocking on the door outside.  Issue was consent.  Complainant intoxicated.  The Kent Online Court reporter provided the following testimonial,

“I provide a blanket service from the court, usually juggling multiple cases, so I see all manner of cases and advocacy styles.  I found your technique quite remarkable, and, using the term lightly given the circumstances, refreshing to see.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7981541/Care-home-boss-raped-drunk-woman-train-toilet-called-wife-outside.html

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/man-raped-woman-in-train-toilet-221717/

Operation Holms (St Albans, 2019)

Gangland shootings, machete hacking and drugs supply in Bedford.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-47653884

Operation Kruse (Luton, 2018)

Gangland shootings, machete hacking and drugs supply in Bedford.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42171606

R v W [2018] EWCA Crim (Guildford, 2018)

Successful defence of client in a kidnap trial (2 weeks) led to representing him for attempted murder: a targeted revenge attack, multiple knifing to the face and neck.  Robust legal representations led to an eventually accepted plea to s.18 wounding.  Further successful appearance in the Court of Appeal commuted the sentence from a ‘dangerousness’ extended sentence to a determinate term of 8 years.

 

 Education

  • LLB (Hons) Law with International Law, University of Nottingham and the University of Queensland, Brisbane
  • BVC, Nottingham Law School

Inn

  • Lincoln’s Inn (Hardwicke Scholar 2006, The Shelford Scholarship 2008)

Other

  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the Western Circuit

 

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