Chris Daw QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2013


Chris Daw QC has a stellar practice, spanning the fields of criminal law, serious fraud, business regulation and professional discipline. Ranked as a Leading Silk in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, Chris appears in many high profile cases. He also advises companies and leading individuals in the worlds of sport, entertainment and business. First and foremost, however, he is known for his winning strategies and exceptional client care, no matter who he represents.

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Chris is clerked primarily by Lee Johnson, Clare Sabido, Natasha Southgate and Alicia Lutumba.

Chris has been instructed to defend retired Chief Superintendent in the criminal prosecutions arising from the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster.
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Chris made a short film  for The BBC One Show on social mobility in the law.
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Experience & Expertise

Chris Daw QC acts only for private and insured clients, all of whom receive the time and attention to detail they demand. His client base consists of private individuals, corporations, regulated professionals and senior police officers. Although Chris has acted for international footballers, world champion boxers, television producers, multi-national corporations and Chief Constables; most of his clients are not in the public eye and have no desire for the limelight. Many of those who instruct Chris are hard-working people, who find themselves, or a loved one, accused of a crime, which threatens to ruin their life. They want to do everything legally possible to protect themselves from imprisonment, damage to reputation and financial ruin.


  • Agency v X Corporation – acting for a high profile UK corporation in one of the largest ever criminal regulatory prosecutions, arising breaches of international law, due before the courts in 2018.
  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – acting for and advising a retired 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 (with a different legal team) in the Crown Court after trial of fraud and perverting the course of justice. The case involves an application to adduce fresh expert evidence.


Chris is ranked as a Leading Silk and Leading Individual by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Recent directory editorial has included the following:

  • extraordinary courtroom presence;
  • good rapport with clients;
  • excellent tactical analysis;
  • very experienced in representing senior police officers in sensitive cases;
  • an outstanding barrister who prepares extremely well;
  • he is an excellent choice for police law matters;
  • preparation for a case is second to none;
  • and; he has excellent client-care skills.


  • 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.


Social Mobility

Chris is passionately committed to social mobility in the law and speaks regularly at state schools and events, up and down the country, supporting young people from non-traditional backgrounds in their ambition to become lawyers.


Chris adopts and adheres to the provisions of the privacy notice which can be accessed here.

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

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