Practice area

Crime

Year of call: 1976


Christopher Stopa is an experienced criminal practitioner based mainly on the Western Circuit.

He is a Grade 4 prosecutor and RASSO approved counsel.

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Christopher’s practice covers all types of criminal cases.

He defends and prosecutes and has particular experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Sexual offences of all types
  • Serious violent offences
  • Revenue and related frauds
  • Serious drug offences and related confiscation hearings
  • Prosecutions by the Environment Agency and Trading Standards
  • Driving offences where death occurs
  • In addition to having experience in, he has a special interest in cases involving mental health issues and firearms.

Recent Cases

  • R V S, Portsmouth Crown Court – defending historic stranger rape involving advanced DNA
  • R v R, Southampton Crown Court – defending fraud involving in excess of £275,000 regarding yacht broking
  • R v W, Others Southampton Crown Court – prosecuting “Operation Independence” conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine
  • R v H and F-M, Portsmouth Crown Court – prosecuting section 18 that involved inflicting quite appalling injuries to the victim with a hot iron
  • R v P, Winchester Crown Court – prosecuting sexual abuse of many kinds on niece over many years
  • R v D, Portsmouth Crown Court – defending sexual touching of a child under 13
  • R v J, Southampton Crown Court – prosecuting sexual abuse over a long period
  • O v Chief Constable for Hampshire – appeal against revocation of firearms licence
  • R v B & E, Portsmouth Crown Court – defending benefit fraud in excess of £50,000
  • R v S, Portsmouth Crown Court – prosecuting supply class A with a successful appeal by the defence to the Court of Appeal with a successful re-trial for the prosecution
  • R v S, Portsmouth Crown Court – defending sexual activity with a child under 13
  • R v B, Portsmouth Crown Court – prosecuting sexual activity with a child under 13
  • R v A, Bournemouth Crown Court – prosecuting a benefit fraud in excess of £50,000
  • R v F, Southampton Crown Court – prosecuting possession of a prohibited firearm – a loaded sawn-off shot gun

Education

  • LLB Leeds

Inn

  • Middle Temple

Other

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association