Christopher Maynard


Christopher Maynard

Partner, Deputy Head Crime & Extradition




Firm Trained With

McMillan Williams

Languages Spoken



I have been at MW Solicitors since 2011, during which time I have developed a reputation as a fearless advocate and a proactive litigator, with an eye for forensic detail.

I represent clients across the spectrum of criminal offences, including; murder, rape, serious sexual offences, kidnap, blackmail, child abduction/cruelty/neglect, fraud, robbery and less serious offences such as assault and acquisitive crimes.

I am known for my attention to detail and for the passion with which I advance my clients’ cases. I have a strong interest and experience dealing with forensic science including cell site evidence, electronic data analysis and forensic medical evidence. I have also acted for clients accused of “white collar” crimes such as HMRC fraud and Health and Safety Executive investigations.

My dedicated approach results in a seamless service to all clients, regardless of background or means, from police station to the Appellate Courts. I understand that every case is different, and focus my attention upon the client’s individual needs to help them secure the best possible outcome.

Recent Successes

  • R v W – Conspiracy allegation involving the transporting of huge quantities of cocaine imported from Holland. Multi-handed case prosecuted by the National Crime Agency, Defendant acquitted after trial.
  • R v W – 13 Defendant conspiracy to steal, convert criminal property and handle stolen goods. Defendant acquitted after 33 days of trial.
  • R v H – Defendant acquitted of making indecent images of children.
  • HMRC v X – One of the first cases brought by HMRC into the alleged laundering of illicit funds using the new Account Freezing Order tools. Able to secure release of my client’s funds and a discharge of the Order.
  • R v A – Actor who had appeared in Harry Potter film cleared of campaign of harassment.
  • R v F –Defendant acquitted of rape of an acquaintance.
  • R v A – Defendant acquitted of conspiracy to kidnap, falsely imprison and blackmail.
  • R v Z – Defendant acquitted of rape of a Special Constable.
  • R v M – Defendant acquitted of charges of child cruelty and assault.
  • R v B – Defendant accused of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
  • R v B – Defendant acquitted of violent disorder.
  • R v L – Teacher acquitted of striking a pupil in her class.

What My Clients Say About Me

"I was extremely impressed with the services of Mr Maynard, following one initial meeting prior to my case being heard at the Magistrates Court.  Mr Maynard’s representation was impeccable and I am so grateful to have received the lowest of the possible outcomes for my drink driving offence.
 I would highly recommend Mr Christopher Maynard and MW Solicitors as a whole" - Mrs S (March 2018)
“MW Solicitors were recommended to us by a fellow professional. Christopher immediately put me at ease, he was very professional and gave me invaluable support and advice throughout the whole process whilst keeping me calm. Thank you Chris for all your help.” - S O'Brien (July 2016)

Awards, Accreditations and Memberships

  • Higher Rights of Audience - 2014

Work in the Community / Pro Bono Work

  • Chair of my local playing fields association and a regular on the village cricket team
  • Founding member of the MW cricket team

Career Achievements

  • 2013 Advocacy Competition Winner
  • 2012 Advocacy Competition Runner-Up 

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