Ms Christine Agnew QC

Queen's Counsel

Qualified: 1992 London

Qualified to practice in:

  • England and Wales

Areas of Expertise:

  • Advisory
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Law
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Sexual Offences

Languages Spoken:

  • English

About Christine

Cited by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leader in her field, Christine conducts the most serious and complex criminal cases instructed for both the defence and the prosecution. Christine’s 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.

She has developed specialist expertise in relation to trials involving young offenders charged with all types of serious criminal 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.

Christine is a Grade 4 Prosecution Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service.

In addition to undertaking general crime work, Christine also prosecutes extensively for the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency. 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 specialist knowledge. She also has considerable experience of coroners’ inquests.

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

She also appears before Police Disciplinary and Appeal Tribunals.

She really is first class. She's sympathetic and hard-working, and clients love her, but she's not a soft touch.

Chambers and Partners 2014

Cases of Note

  • 2014R v Richard WongSouthwark Crown Court

    Richard Wong, represented by Christine Agnew instructed by Mike Schwarz at Bindmans’, was acquitted on Friday 5th December on all charges after a two month trial at Southwark Crown Court.

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Work Experience

  • 1992 - Present

    Barrister and Queens Counsel

    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.

Panels

  • Current

    Grade 4 Prosecution Advocate for the CPS

Membership of professional organisations, associations, committees

  • Jan 1992 - Current

    Health and Safety Lawyers Association

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Instructions accepted

  • From clients directly
  • From solicitors
  • From professional bodies
  • Privately funded work
  • Publicly funded work

Governing Body

  • Bar Council of England and Wales

Fees

  • I accept public funded work
  • I accept privately funded work

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