Heather Pringle obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1996 and graduated from the faculty of law at Queen’s University in 1999. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001 and has practised exclusively in the field of criminal law since. Heather has conducted numerous serious trials and appeals, including several murder cases.
Heather is a Director of the Ontario Criminal Lawyer’s Association and, for several years, has been review counsel with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. She has published articles on search and seizure in the Criminal Law Quarterly and the Criminal Reports, and has been a panellist at several criminal law conferences.
Heather is a tireless advocate for defending the rights of persons accused of crime, whether at trial or on appeal.
R. Craig Bottomley, LL.B., B.A. (Hons)
R. Craig Bottomley graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2003. While in law school, Craig was a participant in the highly regarded Criminal Intensive Law Program. After being called to the Bar, Craig worked as an associate at a respected criminal law firm before becoming a sole practitioner in 2007.
Craig is a Director of the Criminal Lawyers' Association. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a regular panelist at legal education conferences and is often asked to provide analysis for media outlets.
Craig divides his practice evenly between trial and appellate work and has successfully represented clients charged with murder, sexual assault, serious frauds, complex drug cases and criminal organization.
Craig has a particular interest in litigating breaches of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has secured numerous acquittals for clients in this fashion.
Chris Sewrattan, J.D., B.A.(Hons)
Chris Sewrattan was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012. He has participated in the defence of a wide range of criminal charges, including impaired driving, drug trafficking, gun possession, and murder. Chris regularly appears before the Ontario Court of Justice and has appeared on trials and appeals before the Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal for Ontario.
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Chris ranked in the top 10% of his class after his first year of studies. Upon graduation he received numerous course awards for finishing first in his class.
Chris holds a Bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of Toronto. Prior to attending law school he worked as a probation officer. In addition, he has completed placements at the Scarborough Crown Attorney's office and the Scarborough Duty Counsel office.
Outside of the courtroom, Chris remains active in legal research and writing. He has published a number of articles in academic legal journals:
• Christopher Sewrattan, "Apples, Oranges, and Steel: The Effect of Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Offences on the Equality Rights of Aboriginal Peoples" (2013) 46:2 UBC Law Review 121
• Christopher Sewrattan & Sean Gibson, "Gender Roles, Charter Holes and Societal Goals: Mentally Ill Female Prisoners in Canada" (2012) 32 Windsor Review of Legal and Social issues 25
• Christopher Sewrattan, "The Spousal Incompetence Rule and Marital Privilege: When an Anachronism Meets Reality" (2012) 59:1 Criminal Law Quarterly 109
• Christopher Sewrattan, "R. v. Roy: Momentary Lapse Insufficient for Criminal Liability" (2012) 33:4 For the Defence
Chris is the former President of the West Indian Law Students Association and a current member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Criminal Lawyers Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, and Peel Law Association.