Christine Agnew QC

Year of Call: 1992  Silk: 2015  


Overview


Christine Agnew QC conducts the most serious and complex criminal cases as leading counsel for both the defence and the prosecution. Her practice covers the full range of criminal work and she has very considerable experience in relation to allegations involving murder, manslaughter armed robbery, drug importations, kidnap and serious sexual offences.

Christine has been instructed in a number of “baby-shaking” and infant non-accidental injury cases, which have involved extensive cross-examination of medical professionals, and dealing with expert medical evidence before juries.

Christine is also regularly instructed in all types of fraud cases. She has represented defendants concerned in multimillion pound MTIC frauds. She also has significant experience of complex money laundering trials from simple cash to gold bullion and currency exchanges. She represented the only defendant to be acquitted in the first prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office under the Bribery Act.

She has a reputation as being an extremely hard working and able defence advocate who is exceptionally good with clients and achieves acquittals in the most difficult of circumstances. She is often first choice defence counsel for firms with private clients who demand an incisive and empathic advocate who can instill real confidence in her client.

In addition to undertaking general crime work, Christine also prosecutes extensively for the Health & Safety Executive and the Environment Agency. Christine has been appointed to the A list for Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law and has prosecuted several fatality cases requiring detailed specialist knowledge. She also has considerable experience of coroners’ inquests.

She also appears before Police Disciplinary and Appeal Tribunals.

Christine is authorised to accept instructions from members of the public in certain circumstances.

Advisory


Christine Agnew is often instructed to advise individuals before charge in relation to serious sexual offences. This can vary as to the stance to be taken in a police interview or drafting letters of representation as to why an individual should not be charged.

She also advises the Crown Prosecution Service pre charge in relation to serious and complex crimes.

 

Appeals


Christine is also regularly instructed to give a second opinion both upon requests from solicitors and after referral from The Criminal Cases Review Commission in cases where she did not act in the court below.

She has also advised ‘ pro bono’  in cases from Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Crime


Christine has specialised for 24 years in prosecuting and defending serious and complex crime. She is well known for her attention to detail and her client care. She is an established and proven jury advocate.

Christine is also regularly instructed to give a second opinion both upon requests from solicitors and after referral from The Criminal Cases Review Commission in cases where she did not act in the court below.

She has also advised ‘ pro bono’ in cases from Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Fraud


Christine has extensive experience in all types of fraud cases. She has recently been instructed in mortgage frauds, VAT frauds, fraudulent trading cases and a trial involving allegations of bribery. This was the first trial under The Bribery Act brought by the Serious Fraud Office. Christine represented the company accountant who was the only defendant to be acquitted.

She regularly acts for professionals, whether company accountants or directors.

Christine also has considerable experience in relation to money laundering allegations.  She has acted for individuals and advised companies.

Health & Safety


Christine has been appointed to the A list for Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law and has prosecuted several fatality cases requiring detailed and specialist knowledge. She is currently advising the Crown Prosecution Service pre charge in relation to a large scale investigation concerning possible gross negligence manslaughter charges.

Serious Sexual Offences


Christine has prosecuted and defended the most serious type of sexual offences for many years. She has particular expertise and success in historical cases.

In an area where prejudice because of time delay is notoriously difficult to successfully argue Christine has succeeded.

She is known as being a fearless cross examiner of witnesses but takes care not to alienate the jury.

Directory Quotes


  • “Her effortless manner belies her steely determination.” Legal 500 2016
  • “She really is first class. She’s sympathetic and hard working, and clients love her, but she’s not a soft touch.” Chambers & Partners 2014
  • “An excellent trial advocate who is great with clients.” Legal 500 2014

Memberships


  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Essex Bar Mess
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

Qualifications


  • Grade 4 Prosecution Advocate