Christian has a specialist and niche practice encompassing criminal and civil fraud and regulatory law. He also accepts instructions in related civil law matters.
Christian’s fraud practice focuses on Revenue, NHS and social security fraud. Significant Revenue frauds include Operation Ukraine (2008-2012): prosecution for evasion of VAT on importation of vehicles from other EU states. He is currently instructed in a Capital Gains Tax fraud and also accepts instructions in civil Revenue matters before the Tax Chamber. Christian recently successfully prosecuted a high-profile NHS fraud and regularly undertakes social security fraud work.
Christian’s regulatory practice focuses on environmental law but also involves trading standards and related matters. Noteworthy regulatory cases include Operation Ascot (2010-2012), a prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 concerning depositing of waste in West Wales, including spoils from a major national infrastructure project. In the substantive prosecution, Christian was led junior at trial, Court of Appeal and re-trial; in the subsequent confiscation proceedings, he appeared as junior alone, both before the Crown Court and, successfully, before Court of Appeal. Christian also deals with non-criminal regulatory matters, with a particular interest in environmental matters including the transfrontier shipments of waste and emissions trading.
Christian has a particular interest in the interface between asset recovery and competing rights under other legislation, such as the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and the Insolvency Act 1986. He recently appeared before the High Court (Chancery Division) concerning the effect of a company’s entry into administration upon outstanding criminal confiscation proceedings.
Christian was appointed to the List of Special Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (B Panel) in 2012 and is a longstanding Grade 4 Prosecutor. He is a member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and the UK Environmental Law Association, and is a member of the sub-committee of its Wales Working Party.