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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 1 Practice Areas
5
Crime
5 Years Ranked

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Provided by Christopher May

Practice Areas

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

He has led in several 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, armed robberies, drugs and violence. He has extensive experience of cases involving all forms of sensitive material, surveillance and PII. He has prosecuted gang violence cases, including leading in a 20 Defendant Attempted Murder case.

He successfully led in a cold case serial rape re-investigation and allegations of multiple stranger rape. Fraud cases have included giving pre-charge advice.

Recent instructions include: multi-handed attempted murder; gangs trafficking in and importing firearms; appellate advice in murder cases; serious injury to a baby; multi-complainant historic sex cases, multi-handed fraud and drugs cases.

Career

Head of 5SAH Chambers Criminal team.

MA Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Professional Memberships

SE Circuit (committee member)

CBA

Senior of Kent Bar Mess

POCLA

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Crime - London (Bar)
5
Band 5

Christopher May

Strengths

"He has a superb analytical brain and excellent manner of delivery."

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