Christopher Diamond was called to the Bar in 1975 and has been a member of St. John Street Chambers since the inception of chambers. He is an accomplished advocate of enormous experience and specialises in Criminal Law. Although in earlier years his practice was divided between both prosecution and defence work, and he was instructed regularly in the most serious of prosecutions (Category 4 level), by preference he now appears only for the defence.
His experience and judgment are valued, and he is a respected advocate with an ability to ‘see the wood for the trees’ and put across compelling arguments in a succinct and persuasive way.
Even though his practice consists predominantly of serious criminal cases such as murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, rape and other sexual offences, large-scale drug importation and supply, armed robbery, wounding, arson, riot and violent disorder, aggravated burglary, fraud etc., he is also instructed on a private basis in relation to road traffic offences. Indeed, a few years ago he successfully avoided a driving disqualification for an Assistant Chief Constable who pleaded guilty to driving at 104 mph on the M6 toll road.
On a personal level, he also has a particular interest in any case that has a connection to aircraft and aviation, he having qualified as a pilot in 1983 at the Oxford Air Training School. He has experience of flying both single and twin-engine aircraft all over Europe and also in the U.S.A. and the Bahamas.