Christopher Hopkins - Misconduct and Compliance
Christopher’s recent work has included misconduct hearings before a range of different disciplinary tribunals including those dealing with the police, military, medical and legal professions. He also regularly represents professionals in associated criminal and coronial proceedings.
At the start of his career, Christopher spent three years prosecuting disciplinary proceedings before Royal Air Force Court Martials including aviation, negligence and more general criminal offences. Upon a finding of guilt, these often gave rise to issues including dismissal from the service, reduction in rank (resulting in reductions in pay and pensions) or custody.
Since joining No5, Christopher’s work has included the following:
- Representing a Detective Inspector in a ten-day police Gross Misconduct Hearing involving multiple allegations including workplace sexual harassment;
- Christopher represented a firearms trained police officer at a Special Case Hearing before his Chief Constable following his earlier conviction for breaching a Restraining Order. The Officer was retained with a final written warning;
- Representing a Detective Constable at a Special Case Hearing before her Chief Constable after she had accepted allegations of computer misuse made against her. The officer was retained with a final written warning;
- Successfully representing a police Custody Sergeant accused of acting in breach of the standard of Honesty and Integrity. The allegations were dismissed;
- Representing a Chief Inspector accused of using excessive force in making an arrest. He was retained with a final written warning;
- Christopher represented an osteopath in contested proceedings before the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Osteopathic Council involving complex expert medical evidence. Allegations of sexual misconduct were dismissed;
- Representing nursing professionals and serving police officers identified as interested persons at coroner’s inquests;
- Defending a pharmacist in the Crown Court after he was charged with theft from his employer;
- Defending police officers being prosecuted for criminal offences including harassment and drink driving.