Christopher Ware


Christopher Ware principally defends in serious and complex fraud; corporate, regulatory and business crime; and high-profile and serious crime. He has acted in prosecutions involving, for example, multi-million pound company internal investigations, allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, insider dealing, ‘boiler room’ fraud, perjury, perverting the course of justice, and trading standards offences.

Christopher also acts in regulatory proceedings and sports law, including involving such bodies as the Football Association and the British Horseracing Authority. He has been instructed on cases including match-fixing and corruption related issues, betting, and on field conduct.

Although Christopher principally defends in serious and complex regulatory crime, he is increasing counsel of choice in the area of sports law. He has accepted instructions in cases brought by the Football Association (FA), and the British Horseracing Association (BHA). His extensive experience of cases involving criminal corruption means he is often counsel of first choice for sport bodies in match fixing and corruption related issues. He has appeared before the Football Association Regulatory Commission on a wide range of matters, such as betting, failing to report corruption, corruption, and on field misconduct.

Christopher has been instructed in a number of high profile cases including: Ben O’Driscoll & others (Operation Elveden, allegations of corruption by journalists; one of the largest and most costly police investigations in criminal history. Acted for a deputy Editor of The Sun); Greig Box-Turnbull & others (Operation Elveden, represented a reporter at the Daily Mirror); Ben Ashford (Operation Tuleta, acted for a reporter at The Sun. Allegation of computer hacking by journalists); Operation Yewtree (represented well-known individual in High Court proceedings. High-profile, long-running investigation into historical abuse); Operation Cotton (multi-million pound land banking fraud, FCA prosecution); Operation Citrus (represented company director in multi-million pound trading standards and fraud prosecution, said to be first trading standards prosecution of its kind); Operation Tabernula (pre-charge advice to the FCA, largest ever insider dealing investigation); Operation Callahan (represented senior employee, multi-million pound telecommunications fraud).

Christopher also advises on public law matters, including having advised Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in relation to reports and such matters as firearms licensing and legislation, and data protection issues.


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