Chris Gillespie

Barrister

Chris is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for Health & Safety, Professional Discipline and Criminal Fraud and in Chambers and Partners for Criminal Fraud. After twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting serious crime, he is now instructed exclusively to defend corporate and individual defendants in criminal regulatory proceedings (health and safety, environmental, food safety and fire) and criminal fraud proceedings. Reviewers have noted that “his performances at court are consummate” and that “he works seamlessly with clients.”

Chris also specialises in professional discipline work, presenting cases for the National College for Teaching and Leadership (the regulatory body of the teaching profession), the General Dental Council, the General Optical Council, the General Osteopathic Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He defends in cases before other regulators such as the General Medical Council and the Football Association.

Chris also has a substantial advisory practice. He is frequently asked to advise at the early stages of criminal regulatory proceedings and on issues such as professional privilege. He delivers training sessions on criminal regulatory and professional discipline matters to solicitors and other professionals.

His experience in the fields of health and safety and professional discipline leads to instructions on behalf of interested parties at inquests including corporates, members of the medical profession and care homes.

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