Chris Daw QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2013

Chris Daw QC | Call 1993 | Silk 2013

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Chris Daw QC has a stellar practice, spanning the fields of criminal law, serious fraud, regulatory law and professional discipline. He is ranked as a Leading Silk in The Legal 500 and appears in some of the most high profile cases, within his fields of expertise, often those making national headlines.

Chris is clerked primarily by Lee Johnson, Stephen Somerville, Jennifer Pooler and Louis Wilkins.

Instructed as leading counsel for a serving Chief Constable in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, scheduled to commence public hearings in 2017

Excellent tactical analysis, good rapport with clients and extraordinary courtroom presence.
The Legal 500

Experience & Expertise

Chris acts only for privately funded and insured clients, allowing him to dedicate the time and attention to detail which such clients demand.  His client base consists of high-net-worth individuals, corporations and professionals in various fields.  He has considerable experience of acting for the most senior police officers in the country, from Superintendent up to and including the rank of Chief Constable, in both criminal and professional discipline cases.


  • Agency v X Corporation – acting for a multi-national corporation, and its high profile UK subsidiary, in a major international criminal investigation by UK regulators.  Advising on all aspects of pre-charge strategy, including voluntary disclosure of material and formal written representations against charge.
  • R v Y – acting for an ultra high-net-worth and high profile Mayfair client in Crown Court proceedings for racially aggravated assault.
  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – acting for and advising a Chief Constable in respect of policing issues arising from historical criminal investigations under consideration by the IICSA.
  • Police v K – advising client on pre-charge legal strategy in the face of a large-scale police investigation into international drug trafficking.
  • R v Doctor C – acting in a criminal appeal to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), for a doctor, convicted in 2013 in the Crown Court after trial of fraud and perverting the course of justice.  Chris Daw QC did not act in the trial but was instructed to advise after conviction.
  • Z v Z – retained pre-charge to advise an international investment banker in respect of alleged involvement in a multi-billion Euro fraud against an overseas banking institution.


Chris has been rated a Leading Silk and Leading Individual by the Legal 500 in each full year since taking silk in 2013.


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


Every client I represent has his or her whole life on the line. I understand that more is at stake for my clients than the outcome of a legal case. Career, family and business relationships, public reputation and financial security are all at risk if we lose. My approach reflects that reality.

Creative strategy and tactical excellence can often achieve more than legal knowledge alone. Clients instruct a silk not only because we know the law but because we have the judgement to make the big decisions, which will achieve the client’s ultimate goal, often without going to court at all.

“Creative strategy and tactical excellence can often achieve more than legal knowledge alone.”

Corporate and high profile clients care about public relations and it is vital to listen when they tell me that their priority may not be to fight every point to the death, even if they will win it in the end.

Every client is the most important member of the legal team.  I do not believe in a top down approach to litigation.  Clients are central to the outcome, at every stage of a case, and their input, into key decisions and documents, is vital.

Further Information

For further details of Chris’ practice please click on the links to the left or contact a member of the clerking or client service team.

Bar Council Membership No: 31292
Registered Name: Christopher Daw
VAT Registration No: 588711987