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Dr. Christopher Wood

  

After being Called to the Bar in 2008, Chris set up his own practice dealing with aspects of Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Property Law and Consumer Law. He represented a number of high profiled clients, including Santander, the Ministry of Defence and JP Morgan Chase.

After completing pupillage, Chris became a tenant in 2012. He has a wide ranging practice regularly defending and prosecuting in various types of criminal cases, in the Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal; he has also represented military personnel at the Court Martial. Chris also deals with family law and child care matters, appearing in the Family Court. Chris also appears before various tribunals, he has represented sporting professionals at their respective sporting tribunals (eg RFU Disciplinary Tribunal), and he has represented patients detained under the Mental Health Act at Mental Health Tribunals.

Since 2009 Chris has engaged in extensive research, completing his LL.M (Master of Laws) at Durham University followed by his Ph.D under the supervision of Professor Helen Fenwick and Professor Louise Amoore; his thesis was entitled ‘Risk Assessment, Counter-Terrorism UK Law & Policy; A Human Rights-Based Analysis’. In 2014 Chris was appointed Research Fellow at Northumbria University, researching on the United Kingdom Prüm Fingerprint Evaluation Project (UKPFE Project) and worked alongside Professor Tim Wilson and Professor Michael Stockdale. Chris was responsible for the identification and examination of probative issues relating to fingerprints across EU Member State jurisdictions that may affect the cost and effectiveness of international cooperation. The final reports were provided to the Home Office (2015), which contributed to the Business and Implementation Report presented to the UK Parliaments and its decision for the UK to become signatories to the Prüm Treaty, and later findings were provided to the European Commission (2016).

Between 2016 – 2018 Chris worked as a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University teaching and delivering modules on the BPTC and LPC.

Chris has a number of specialist interests, including Extradition Law and International Mutual Co-operation, Proceeds of Crime, general Crime and Regulatory Crime, Bio-Forensic Evidence, Terrorism and Human Rights. He is regularly contacted by broadcasters asking for his expert opinion on matters covering these areas, similarly he receives invitations and engages with private corporate and governmental briefings and meetings on developments in these areas.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

2004 to 2007 – LL.B (HONS) at Derby Law School, University of Derby

2007 to 2008 – Bar Vocational Course, Nottingham Law School

2009 to 2010 – LL.M Master of Laws, Durham University (Hatfield College)

Research: ‘The Conflict Between Confiscation Orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Human Rights’

2010 to 2014 – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Durham University (Hatfield College)

Research: ‘Risk Assessment, UK Counter-Terrorism Law & Policy; A Human Rights-Based Analysis

ASSOCIATION & MEMBERSHIP

  • Durham Human Rights Centre (since 2010)

  • Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (since 2010)

  • Durham Global Security Institute (since 2011)

  • Criminal Bar Association (since 2012)

  • Chatham House (since 2013)

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (since 2013)

  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (since 2014)

  • Royal United Services Institute (since 2015)

 

PUBLICATIONS & CONFERENCE PAPERS

  • Professor Tim Wilson, Dr. Chris Wood and Dr. Michael Stockdale ‘United Kingdom Prüm Evaluation Project: Probative Study’ European Commission 2016.

  • National Security, Human Rights and Risk’ Counter Terror Expo 2016

  • Northumbria University Contributor ‘Prüm Business and Implementation Case’ Home Office 2015, Cm 9149 – presented to Parliament in September 2015.

  • ‘Forensic Science and the Criminal Justice System: Collecting, Sharing and Interpreting Biometric Data to Find the Truth’ 7th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference 2015 (Czech Republic, Prague).

  • ‘Sharing and Using Biometric Data to Solve Crime: What are the risks?’ Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2015 (Sweden, Stockholm).

  • ‘Tackling Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism: Courts and EU Developments’ 6th Symposium Kryminalistycznym PTK 2015

  • ‘The Risks of Using and Sharing Biometric Data to Tackle Crime Across the EU’ Socio-Legal Studies Association 2015 (Warwick University).

  • ‘Fingerprint Evidence: The Processes, Safeguards and Risks in Europe’ United Kingdom Prüm Fingerprint Evaluation Think-tank 2014 (Poland, Warsaw).

  • ‘National Security, Human Rights and Risk’ Counter Terror Expo 2014 (UK, London).

  • ‘Threats of Terrorism: The Strategy, Best Practices and Risk’ British Bankers’ Association 11th Annual Security Conference 2014 (UK, London).

  • 'Control Orders, Human Rights and Risk Assessment: What lessons can TPIMs learn?' Durham Inter-Collegiate Research Symposium (May 2013).

  • 'Police Powers: Stop and Search under Special Counter-Terrorism Powers; the Importance of Risk Assessment' Durham Human Rights Centre (May 2012).

 

PUBLIC APPEARANCES & MEDIA WORK

  • Terrorism News, 2018 (BBC Radio Newcastle)

  • Las Vegas Shoot, 3rd October 2017 (BBC Newcastle Radio)

  • Manchester Terror Attack, 23rd and 24th May 2017 (BBC Newcastle Radio; Russia Today International News; France 24 News; TRT News; ITV News and Al-Jazeera News)

  • Westminster Terrorist Attack, 23rd March 2017 (BBC Newcastle Radio; Al-Jazeera News and France 24 News)

  • Increase in armed police officers, December 2016 (ITV: Tyne Tees News)

 

NOTABLE CASES

2017

R v Whittleston (Durham Crown Court) – Sexual Offences

2017

R v Jary, Steel and Wilson (Newcastle Crown Court) – s20 Assault and Affray

2016

R v Carter (York Crown Court) – Arson with intent x3

2016

R v Carter (Middlesbrough Crown Court) – Burglary and Aggravated TWOC

2016

R v Barker (York Crown Court) – Fraud

2016

R v McCarthy (Middlesbrough Magistrates’ Court) – Fraud and Theft

2015

R v Sgt. McGloughlin (Catterick Garrison Court Martial) – Affray

2013

R v Clarkson (Newcastle Magistrates’ Court) – Care Home Assault

2013

R v Crang (Darlington Magistrates’ Court) – Breach of Restraining Order

2012

R v Wright and Another (Sunderland Magistrates’ Court) – Racially Aggravated Assault

  

Call: 2008
(Lincoln’s Inn)

 

Practice Areas: Crime, Regulatory Crime, Family Law, Civil Law Cases.

CPS Grade 2