Christopher Quinlan

Is highly recommended for his infectious enthusiasm, availability and ability to provide outstanding advice.

Chambers UK 2014

Christopher Quinlan QC

  • Called in 1992
  • Silk in 2011


Christopher is an experienced trial advocate specialising in serious crime, who took silk in 2011. He prosecutes and defends cases of the utmost gravity, including murder, manslaughter, and serious sexual allegations. By way of example, recently he prosecuted a man charged with murdering his 4-month pregnant teenage girlfriend and this year has defended a women charged with murdering her new born daughter and prosecuted a high-profile murder trial in Winchester. He is retained in murders to be tried in the autumn in South Wales and Bristol. In a recent appeal case the Lord Chief Justice (who presided over the Court of Appeal) complemented Christopher in his judgment for his “eloquent..careful and reserved submissions…”.

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Notable Cases

R v Mayers; R V Glasgow; R v Costelloe; R v Bahmanzadeh; R v P & Others (2008) EWCA Crim 1418
Guideline case on Anonymous Witness Evidence following the Witness Anonymity Act 2008.

R v Hendy (2006)2 Cr App R 33
Murder, diminished responsibility, fresh evidence.

R v Lazarus (2004) 9 Archbold News 4, Criminal Law Week
Confiscation order, POCA, DTA.

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R v Jones (2002) 1 Cr App R (S) 214(52)
Arson, longer than normal sentence.

R v Atherton (2002) 1 Cr App R (S) 498 (115)

R v Brown (2002) 1 Cr App R (S) 504 (117)
Causing death by dangerous driving.

R v Morrell (2002) EWCA Crim 2547
Conviction, s127 MHA 1983.

R v Sowden (2000) 2 Cr App R (S) 360
Longer than normal sentence.

R v Wedlock (1996)1 Cr App. R (S) 391
Contempt of court.

R v Jones (1998) Crim LR 579
Rape, appeal conviction.

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Appointments & Memberships

  • Recorder (Crown Court)
  • Anti-Doping Advisory Committee, World Rugby
  • Judicial Officer, World Rugby
  • Judicial Officer, European Rugby Cup
  • Chairman & Judicial Officer, RFU
  • Legal Member, National Anti-Doping Panel
  • Legal Member, National Child Safeguarding in Sport Panel
  • Specialist Panel Member, Judicial Panel, Football Association
  • Sport Resolutions (UK) Panel of Arbitrators
  • British Association for Sport & Law
  • Bristol Medico-Legal Society
  • Criminal Bar Associations
  • Western Circuit

Directory Quotes

“Is highly recommended for his infectious enthusiasm, availability and ability to provide outstanding advice.”
Chambers & Partners 2014