Chris Wood

01642 232523

Call: 24th July 2008
Inn: Lincoln’s Inn


2004 – 2007 – LL.B (HONS) – Derby Law School
2007 – 2008 – Bar Vocational Course – Nottingham Law School
2009 – 2010 – LL.M Master of Laws – Durham University, Hatfield College
2010 – 2013 – Ph.D in Law – Durham University, Hatfield College
In 2013 Chris due to complete his Ph.D for which he has researched and written about UK Counter-Terrorism, Human Rights and Risk Assessment.

Areas of Law

Crime, including Regulatory Crime

Chris has further interests and knowledge in Extradition Law, Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002, Commercial Fraud, Restitution Law, Banking Law and Corporate Insolvency.


Chris joined Old Court Chambers after successfully completing pupillage under the supervision of Mr Bradshaw.
Prior to this he worked within areas of Chancery, Housing and Insolvency.
Chris has regularly appeared at the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court, prosecuting and defending.
He has also represented clients, including the Ministry of Defence, Santander and JP Morgan, in the County Court in various hearings and trials.
Chris has also represented military personnel at the Martial Court and sports players being disciplined by Sport Tribunals including the RFU Disciplinary Tribunal.

Pro-Bono Work

Chris is a member of the Bar Pro-Bono Unit and accepts work dealing is various areas of law.
In 2010 Chris co-founded the Durham Innocence Project which is a pro-bono organisation which reviews serious criminal cases after a defendant has been found guilty following a trial and there is a suspected miscarriage of justice. Chris continues to work as a consultant to the project.


Fellow of the Royal Society of Art
Member of Chatham House
Member of the Henry Jackson Society
Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
International Commission of Jurists
Durham Global Security Institute

Conferences and Publications

Chris continues extensive research in areas of interest to him and attends various forums and conferences.
'An Overview of Counter-Terrorism Measures Post-9/11 and the Role of Risk Assessment', Durham Human Rights Centre (May 2011).
'Police Powers: Stop and Search under Special Counter-Terrorism Powers; the Importance of Risk Assessment', Durham Human Rights Centre (May 2012).
'UK Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights', Hartlepool Breathe Easy British Lung Foundation (April 2013).
'How Do You Solve A Problem Like Omar Mahmoud Othman?', Hatfield College MCR (May 2013).
'Overview of UK Counter-Terrorism, Human Rights and Risk Assessment: What Does the Future Hold?' Hatfield College ‘The World We Live In' Conference (June 2013).

Interests and Hobbies

Chris is also actively involved with the development and learning of students at Durham University and organises the annual Bar Mock Trial at Durham Crown Court.
At weekends Chris can be found supporting his local rugby team and when attends international matches at Twickenham and Murrayfield. He is a qualified rugby union referee.