About Christiaan MollYEAR OF CALL 1986 (Middle Temple)
Christiaan Moll is the Head of Chambers and has held that position since April 1995 when Chambers was founded. He has been in continuous practice at the Bar since October 1989 when he started his second six pupillage. He is an accredited pupillage supervisor and indeed many of the current tenants at Blackfriars Chambers were previously his pupils.
Criminal Law - ProsecutionMr Moll is Grade 4 CPS Panel advocate and is also on the list of advocates authorised to prosecute rape cases. Examples of the more serious cases which he has prosecuted are as follows:
- R vs Sigba & others – Controlling Prostitution for Gain
- R vs David May – historic rape allegation involving offences committed in 1985
- R vs Bakare & others – Fraud involving 7 defendants and over £700 000 worth of money stolen by a dishonest employee.
- R vs Catherine Golden & others - 4 handed firearms trial
Criminal Law - Defence
- R vs Townsend – case involving historic allegations of sexual assault and rape by the defendant on his grandchildren
- R vs Chugh – S.170 CEMA 1979 case – involving the importation of cigarettes.
- Mr Moll has also appeared in the Court of Appeal for both the appellant and the respondent on numerous occasions
Immigration LawMr Moll has been instructed to appear in the full range of Tribunals and Courts which deal with immigration cases, from First Tier Tribunals to the Court of Appeal. He keeps himself up to date with the Immigration Acts and Rules which are constantly changing
Family Law (Childcare and Divorce)Mr Moll has appeared in numerous cases for respondents where the relevant local authority is seeking to place a child in care. He has represented one client on two separate occasions when the local authority has sought an Order placing her new born child into its care. He is aware of the inter relation between immigration law and child care law when the children for whom care orders are sought have no immigration status in the United Kingdom.
He has represented clients seeking contact with their children; non molestation orders; occupation orders; prohibited steps orders; Hague Convention Orders seeking the return of children unlawfully taken from their country of residence into the UK.
He has conducted numerous complicated and fully contested ancillary relief hearings involving hidden and foreign assets, and is aware of the inter relation between foreign law and UK law as it affects divorce proceedings in this country.
In general terms it is Mr Moll’s knowledge of these three areas of practice which make him a more effective advocate when dealing with a case in any one of those areas, as there will often be, for example, a family point which comes up in a criminal case, or an immigration point which comes up in a family case.
Mr Moll is authorised by the Bar Standards Board to conduct Direct Professional Access, and will accept instructions in these cases if satisfied that the client is capable of undertaking the work that a solicitor would generally undertake, and, the case is not so complicated that the interests of justice would require that a solicitor be instructed.