Christopher Bertham

Call 1993

'Christopher is very thorough in his preparation, is eloquent and persuasive in his advocacy and is particularly good at dealing with clients. He readily sees the point of an issue and is able quickly assess its' merits and deficiencies. He has good judgement as well as the gravitas to be able to deal with serious crime.'

Christopher Bertham is an experienced specialist in defending serious cases. He is regularly instructed as Leading Junior counsel in the most challenging trials. Without being led, he has successfully defended allegations of terrorism, attempted murder and firearms offences, as well as fraud and financial crime. He is sought after and respected for his commitment to achieving the best results for his clients.


He has successfully defended in allegations of international terrorism. His most recent success was securing acquittals on all charges for a defendant who was alleged to have organised the funding of terrorism in Syria.

Featured Terrorism cases

R v Z

allegations of organising and funding terrorism in Syria.

R v A

alleged IRA funding and cash forfeiture proceedings.

He has an impressive record of success with challenging homicide cases.

Featured Murder & Manslaughter cases

R v AD

Acquitted of murder and attempted robbery of a wealthy Saudi student in Knightsbridge.

R v AT

Acquitted of the murder of a student in Wembley.

R v AA

Acquitted of charges of attempted murder of a police officer and possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.

R v RY

Acquitted of the murder of a man in Harlesden killed in a shooting with a machine gun.

He is renowned for defending those accused of serious organised crime. He has successfully represented defendants accused of people trafficking, kidnapping, drug conspiracies, modern slavery offences and blackmail.

Featured Organised Crime cases

R v DB

Double kidnapping, false imprisonment and blackmail allegations. Acquitted on all charges.

R v TD

Acquitted of supplying drugs and Modern Slavery offences.

R v HN

Acquitted of conspiring to supply 10kg cocaine. £1.35m of cocaine was seized by the NCA in Operation Volata after an attempt to import it from the Netherlands.

He is a leading junior in fraud and financial crime cases. He has represented directors and other employees in the most high profile and challenging cases involving multi-million pound conspiracies to defraud.

Featured Fraud cases

R v CS

Leading Junior counsel for a company director acquitted in an alleged fraud concerning £5m of grants obtained from the E.U. Commission and Welsh Government, and a VAT fraud. The companies were alleged to have been traded fraudulently with a view to securing the grants dishonestly.

R v N

Represented a defendant charged with a £10m land banking and carbon credits fraud. A jury acquitted N of allegations of Conspiracy to Defraud following a trial that lasted for more than two months.

R v M

Instructed as led Junior representing a defendant charged with banking and mortgage frauds valued at £4.3m. The Crown claimed that the defendant had obtained loans and mortgages fraudulently from banks and mortgage lenders in order to purchase or re-mortgage a large number of properties.

He has represented directors of companies who have been charged with high-value bribery & corruption offences.

Featured Bribery & Corruption cases

R v LW

Allegations of Bribery and Theft. The case involved bribes and payments of £800k from sub-contractors for the awarding of contracts from the London Borough of Hackney fire improvement works.

He has represented companies that have been charged with Health and Safety, VAT, fraud and Housing Act offences.

Featured Corporate cases

WHBC v. L. Ltd

Housing Act offences. Failure to comply with health and safety and fire regulations.

Recent articles

Not Guilty verdicts entered to 2 shootings and an arson after a Court finds ‘no case to answer’

Chris Bertham, instructed by Fuad Arshad at Bradford Law Solicitors has successfully defended A at Nottingham Crown Court, who was charged with arson with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm with intent…

Christopher Bertham

Chambers and members ranked in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500

Chambers have again been ranked in the new edition of both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. We are also pleased that Adam Davis KC, John Femi-Ola KC, Jeremy Wainwright KC, Gordon Ross,…

Adam Davis KC

John Femi-Ola KC

Jeremy Wainwright KC

Gordon Ross

Christopher Bertham

Tim Forte

View all

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

'Christopher is very thorough in his preparation, is eloquent and persuasive in his advocacy and is particularly good at dealing with clients. He readily sees the point of an issue and is able quickly assess its' merits and deficiencies. He has good judgement as well as the gravitas to be able to deal with serious crime.'

The Legal 500 (2024)

"A committed, industrious barrister who has excellent drafting skills and a great client manner."

Chambers and Partners 2023

‘Christopher is fantastic lawyer who has a calm and collected effective approach to his advocacy. He is in demand in cases that are particularly difficult and challenging.'

The Legal 500 2023

"Exceptional on case preparation and excellent at technical legal arguments."

Chambers and Partners 2022

"Christopher is an impressive, conscientious and hard-working junior, who doesn’t stint in his preparation of cases, and has excellent advocacy skills. He has very sound judgement and is able to make a well-reasoned assessment of a case and the issues in it, which is reflective of his very thorough preparation. His advice, both oral and written, is objective, articulate and to the point. He has very good court presence, and is concise, cogent and persuasive in his advocacy."

The Legal 500 2022

"Has an excellent courtroom manner and leaves no stone unturned in defence of his clients."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"A dedicated and diligent advocate with a great jury manner. One of the leading juniors at the bar who is destined for silk. He provides excellent client care and explains the most complicated things simply."

The Legal 500 2021

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Lawyers for Liberty
section image

Would you like to know more?

For help and advice talk to a member of our clerking team. They can advise on the best options for your matter.

Call: +44 (0) 20 7353 3102

Portfolio Builder

Select the practice areas that you would like to download or add to the portfolio

Download    Add to portfolio   
Title Type CV Email

Remove All


Click here to share this shortlist.
(It will expire after 30 days.)