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Chris Fallows Solicitor, Criminal & Misconduct

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Chris is a Principal Lawyer and Solicitor-Advocate at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Leeds and Manchester.

He works with matters encompassing all aspects of criminal law and police misconduct investigations together with the preparation of cases before the Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts and Police misconduct hearings.

Chris has experience with the full range of criminal allegations including road traffic offences, public order matters, serious assaults, sexual offences, frauds and thefts, drug offences, offences against public justice, misconduct in a public office and murder/manslaughter.

He also has experience in representing Police Officers in relation to the investigation of Police Misconduct and preparing cases for misconduct hearings or Police Appeal Tribunals.

His astute and tactical approach focuses on reducing the prospect of an investigation progressing to proceedings, whether criminal or disciplinary. In the event that cases progress to proceedings before a Court or Misconduct Hearing, Chris’ diligent approach and advice place clients in a strong position

Chris has experience advising Police Officers involved in the aftermath of deaths in custody, pursuits resulting in a serious injury or fatality and police shootings.

He joined Slater and Gordon in 2015 having spent seven years working as a Criminal Defence Solicitor in Greater Manchester. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2008, thereafter becoming a Magistrates Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor having passed the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS) in 2010.

Whilst with Slater and Gordon, Chris qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate having passed the Higher Rights of Audience assessment. Chris now represent clients before the Crown Court alongside and against Barristers and other Solicitor-Advocates.

Expertise

  • Criminal defence
  • Road traffic offences
  • Public order
  • Serious assaults
  • Sexual offences
  • Frauds, theft and money laundering
  • Drug offences
  • Professional discipline
  • Interviews under caution

Career history

  • Since January 2015: Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK
  • 2011-2015: Garratts Solicitors
  • 2009-2011: Norcross, Lees & Riches Solicitors

Education

  • BPP Law School, Manchester
  • University of Huddersfield

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme
  • Member of the Solicitors' Association of Higher Courts Advocates

Client quotes

  • Police Constable H

From the start of the nightmare of this case you have been extremely good, very friendly and knowledgeable. You guided me through the interview process and your experience and advice was second to none. Throughout the 7 months you have worked countless hours on my case and put up with my constant emails and questions. You were just fabulous throughout the hearing. Please accept my deepest thanks and you have been fantastic and I would certainly recommend you and Slater and Gordon (hopefully I won’t have to use them again!)

Case found not proven before a Gross Misconduct Hearing.

  • Federation Representative / Conduct and Performance Liaison Officer

“Both [Officers] were today acquitted of all charges, a truly stunning outcome in the circumstances. I wanted to let you know of the excellent work from Chris Fallows yet again, a real asset.”

  • Police Sergeant M

“Just wanted to drop an email to say thanks for your support and help over the last few months. Never did I ever imagine that I would be sat in a police station under arrest needing a solicitor but as soon as you spoke to me you were straight talking and did your best from the start to ensure my case was presented in a way that made sure I was treated fairly.

The last 10 months have been a literal nightmare and your actions have helped to make each day a little easier.”

  • Police Constable W

“Sorry to have met you on such terms, but thank you with all I have for everything!

Your patience, compassion and support both emotionally but professionally!”

  • Mr C

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for your calm collected manner and professionalism not to mention patience with me over the past few months whilst handling my case.

I appreciate it's your job and it's what you do, but I am sure there are less capable people out there than yourself so for that I am grateful to have had the good fortune to have had you in my corner so to speak.”

Represented client before the Liverpool Crown Court as Solicitor-Advocate. Case dismissed.

  • Police Sergeant B

“Mr Fallows, who from day one was a beacon of knowledge, insight and ability. The manner, method and presentation of Mr Fallows has been both exemplary and perfectly attuned to my needs. His communication skills, easy nature and clear grasp of my concerns from our first meeting significantly reduced my anxiety. Willingness to respond to rather needy emails at ridiculous times, including his birthday and family gatherings typified his engagement and commitment. Emails at 06:30 are clear evidence of his commitment. I have felt cared for, covered and knew throughout I finally had a professional on my side. Whatever plans he may have, or indeed you may have for him, please would you consider leaving him in this role, as I can’t imagine anyone better. I have failed to mention his ability to work, guide and assist [Counsel] QC. I am very impressed with Mr Fallows attitude and abilities. I will not hesitate to recommend him and your firm to colleagues. Even if he is a Leeds fan.”

Officer retained employment following a Gross Misconduct Hearing

  • Federation Representative / Conduct and Performance Liaison Officer

“I just wanted to pass on our gratitude for the outstanding work of Chris Fallows in the recent case of [an Officer] who appeared at [the] Magistrates today. The Fed Rep has called me to pass on his admiration for the outstanding work of Chris and counsel Julian King (Exchange Chambers, Manchester)

I know that Julian was also full of praise for Chris’s work, particularly around the breach of PACE issues which I understand led to some evidence being ruled out.

Chris is a real asset, and is forging a growing reputation within [the Police Federation] and I wanted to pass on our sincere thanks. It is really appreciated.”

Officer acquired after a trial before the Preston Magistrates Court

  • Police Constable P

“Thank you for everything you did for myself and [my wife] we are really happy with the result of case not proven.”

Case found not proven before a Gross Misconduct Hearing

  • Police Constable H

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance and guidance during this difficult time.”

Officer acquitted after a trial before the Caernarfon Crown Court.

  • Retired Police Constable

“THANK YOU so much for all you have done for me! I hope tonight I will have my first good nights sleep for nine months!! If I knew your birthday I would send you a card!!! Very best wishes and regards”