Christopher Lloyd Rees
Head of Chambers

  email      029 2023 2032 

Practice Areas
General crime, white collar fraud, disciplinary tribunals, regulatory law

Chris is a founder member of Apex Chambers. He has been a practising barrister in Cardiff since 1997. He has been instructed in the most high profile criminal cases on the Wales Circuit and beyond. He has a nationwide practice and can be instructed by direct access.

Chris is recommended Counsel in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Chris is listed as tier 1 Counsel Crime in Legal 500 for 2016. Legal 500 says ‘His practice includes Proceeds of Crime Act applications, drugs trafficking and fraud.’ Chris is also listed as recommended Counsel in Chambers and Partners 2016. Chambers and Partners says “He is a very good operator who is very bright”

Chris has extensive experience in acting in serious and complex crime and in particular Very High Cost Cases. He has acted in high value Proceeds of Crime Act applications both in the Crown Court and High Court. Chris has successfully represented Defendants in restraint proceedings.

Chris has represented defendants as Leading Junior and Junior Counsel in MTIC frauds, fuel laundering frauds, banking frauds, major drugs supply/importation, homicide offences, serious sexual offences and offences against the person.
Chris regularly prosecutes on behalf of the Welsh Ministers in care home and children home regulations breaches.

He has been instructed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission and successfully overturned historic wrongful convictions at the Court of Appeal. Appeal Court instructions are a particular specialty.

A further area of specialisation is police disciplinary work.

He has represented officers from many different forces(South Wales, Avon and Somerset, Dyfed Powys, Wiltshire) Chris has also represented Police Officers before the Crown Court, the Coroner's Court and the Court of Appeal in cases that have attracted national publicity. Chris appeared in the first disciplinary hearing in Wales to be held in public.

Chris also appears on BBC TV and Radio commenting on legal matters.

Noteable Cases
R v Elizabeth Mulcahy [2015] privately instructed historic sexual abuse trial. Offences alleged to have been committed in the 1970’s.
R v Fatos Hasa, Egli Faja and others [2015] multi-million Class A drug conspiracy trial.
R v Mattan and others [2015] Operation Embassy. Large scale conspiracy to supply Class A in England and Wales
R v Patrick Callaghan [2015] Operation Dyno. Massive “cash for crash” conspiracy to defraud insurance companies.
R v Zuwaal Sajawal [2014] Leading Counsel in multi-million pound VAT fraud.
R v Clifford Butler [2014] Operation Santa Fe. Large scale conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs.
R v Blacci [2014] Operation Bakersfield. Nationwide conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
R v John Walker [2014] Leading Counsel in serious sexual abuse case involving 3 generations of the same family.
R v Rachel Speed [2013] Historic sexual abuse case involving teacher and female pupil.
R v Edgar Francis [2013] Historic sexual abuse case. The Defendant was 82 years of age and the allegations dated back to the early 1970’s.
R v Jason Richards [2012] High profile contract killing murder case in Cardiff.
R v Ritesh Patel [2011] Massive conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
R v Ashman and others [2010] (Operation Ukraine) Leading Junior in VHCC MTIC fraud involving the importation of motor vehicles from Europe.
R v Thomas[2010] serious and complex trial about an international child pornography ring involving computer experts from around the world.
R v Wahid and others [2010] (Operation Atlanta) Large scale conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
R v Ali and others [2010] (Operation Rebus) Large scale conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
R v Bannister [2010] 2 All ER 841 guideline authority on the use of 'special driving skills' of Police Officers in dangerous driving cases.
R v Ali Jalali and others[2009] Leading Junior in VHCC nationwide banking fraud.
R v Singh and others [2009] Serious sexual abuse case involving multiple family members
R v Craig Johnson and others(Operation Emersed) [2007] EWCA 2837 £138million VAT fraud. One of the largest VAT frauds in the history of the UK. The trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court lasted nine months with full jury protection.
R v Strain and Kelly[2006] Defence Counsel in hydro-carbons (fuel laundering) fraud involving extensive money laundering amongst the Northern Ireland criminal fraternity.
R v James Alexander [2005] 2 Cr.App.R(S) Counsel in guideline Court of Appeal authority on the sentencing of racially aggravated offences.
R v Nikolai and others[2004] Junior Counsel in high profile fraud case arising out of the collapse of First Vehicle Contracts a nationwide car leasing company.
R v Jeffrey Ghaffour [2003] Junior Counsel in the high profile murder case involving the death of Lynette White. The case was the culmination of an investigation which spanned many years and included the notorious wrongful conviction of the "Cardiff Three".
R v Thompson and others [2003] (Operation Corolla). Leading Junior in a high profile Class A drugs supply conspiracy involving members of 'Yardie' Jamaican gangs.

Appointed Counsel for the Welsh Ministers
Grade 4 Prosecutor
Criminal Bar Association
Employment Lawyers Association.