5 St Andrew's Hill

Christopher May

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Chris appears as either leading or sole Counsel in homicide cases which have included sexually motivated killing; the murder by a woman of her partner on the day of his release from prison; joint enterprise murder including targeted homophobic killing; and the killing of a prostitute by an asphyxia fetishist.

Recently he has led in multi-handed Modern Slavery cases, alleging both sexual trafficking of children and County lines drug trafficking.

He regularly defends and prosecutes in serious sexual offences, including allegations of rape, sexual trafficking, historical allegations and offences against children. He has appeared frequently in cases of organised crime including kidnapping, drugs and violence. He has extensive experience of Flying Squad and drugs cases and those involving all forms of sensitive material, surveillance and PII. He has prosecuted gang violence cases, including leading in a 20 Defendant Attempted Murder case. Fraud cases have included giving pre-charge advice.

He has successfully led in a cold case serial rapist re-investigation, multiple stranger rape allegations and armed robberies.


Head of 5SAH Chambers Criminal team.

SE Circuit (committee member), CBA, Senior of Kent Bar Mess, POCLA.


MA Christ’s College, Cambridge​.