Alistair Fell


Call 1994

chambers@18rlc.co.uk
020 7520 6000

Education / Qualifications

> 1994 Bar Vocational Course (Inns of Court School of Law)
> 1993 LLM (London School of Economics)
>1992 LLB (London School of Economics)

Professional Appointments

> 2003 - 2006 Member of the Bar Council’s Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee

Memberships

> CBA
> Middle Temple
> South Eastern Circuit

 
 

Alistair is a proficient criminal practitioner who has extensive experience of prosecuting and defending in criminal cases. He now specialises in defence advocacy, covering sexual offences, drug trafficking, fraud, violence and other areas of major crime.

Alistair has represented a wide variety of clients and has a reputation for fearlessly protecting their interests. He demonstrates an ability to work effectively with his instructing solicitors and clients and has a calm reassuring disposition that has proved advantageous in putting clients at ease.

With substantial experience in conducting jury trials, Alistair is confident in court and renowned for his persuasive and focused trial advocacy.

Known for drafting high quality written work and meeting deadlines for the preparation of advices and other legal documents, Alistair has built long-term working relationships with his instructing solicitors, highlighting his efficiency and effectiveness.

He has appeared frequently before the Court of Appeal where he has successfully appealed against both conviction and sentence.

Alistair has experience in defending in sophisticated fraud cases over many years. These cases have involved land banking frauds, VAT frauds and high value deceptions

Fraud & Corporate Crime

Alistair has experience in defending in sophisticated fraud cases over many years. These cases have involved land banking frauds, VAT frauds and high value deceptions.
  • R v O2016 (Croydon C.C.)
    Currently instructed in a complex fraud in which the client is charged with 20 counts of defrauding car finance companies. The alleged fraud involves high value motor-vehicles with a total value of approximately £350,000;
  • R v R 2015 (Southwark C.C.)
    Represented a client charged with 5 others in a multi-million pound land banking fraud where numerous investors lost substantial sums invested in worthless plots of land. The client was found not guilty and had this to say:
    ‘I would like to say a big thank you from the heart for all the preparation and hard work you have carried out on my behalf. Your performance in court was an inspiration particularly in the closing speech. I could not have had better representation.’
  • R v H 2014 (Bristol C.C.)
    The client and her husband were charged with a substantial fraud exceeding £1m. The client’s brother –in-law had been cheated out of the proceeds of his mother’s will. She was found not guilty in what was a very sensitive and complex case.

 

Sexual Offences

Alistair has substantial experience in defending in some of the most serious sexual offences. He has defended in trials involving multiple rape allegations and he has conducted cases involving very young child witnesses. Alistair has been instructed in a number of complex cases involving historic sexual abuse. These are cases that require sensitive and focused cross-examination and Alistair has vast experience in handling cases of this kind.
  • R v R (Wood Green C.C.) 2016
    Represented a client charged with raping his partner. He had made partial admissions to the police but was found not guilty by the jury.
  • R v N (Blackfriars C.C.) 2015
    The client was charged with sexually assaulting a female on the London Underground. He was a man with no criminal history. The jury found him not guilty. The client and his wife had this to say:
    ‘Thank you again for making such a huge difference to our lives.’
  • R v T (Blackfriars C.C.) 2015
    Represented the first defendant in a multi-handed rape case. He was a youth charged with multiple rape allegations made by three different complainants. Despite compelling prosecution evidence, the jury was unable to agree on the verdicts and a retrial was ordered.
  • R v L (Harrow C.C.) 2015
    The client was charged with 2 counts of attempted rape upon his girlfriend. All of the client’s previous convictions were disclosed to the jury. The prosecution was also able to produce compelling ‘body cam’ evidence of the complainant immediately after the rape. The client was, nevertheless, found not guilty.
  • R v M 2014 (Southwark C.C.)
    Client charged with sexually assaulting a female police officer during a fight outside a nightclub. He was alleged to have squeezed the police officer’s bottom! Fortunately the incident was captured on CCTV which, when eventually disclosed, proved that he was not the offender. The prosecution dropped the case at court.

 

POCA

Alistair has defended in numerous cases involving POCA proceedings. He has substantially reduced the size of confiscation orders and in some cases managed to avoid any substantive orders being made at all.
  • R v B2014 (Maidstone C.C.)
    A case in which the prosecution were claiming £250k from a convicted money launderer. After 2 days of evidence and legal argument the judge rejected the prosecution’s claim and made a substantially reduced confiscation order for £3,500 instead.
  • R v O 2013 (Southampton C.C.)
    The prosecution sought £500,000 in ‘hidden assets’ from a defendant who was said to have benefitted from money laundering in the sum of £1.5m. After discussion at court, the prosecution conceded there was no legitimate basis for pursuing the case.

 

Other Serious Crime

  • R v N 2016 (Woolwich C.C.)
    Currently instructed in a serious drugs conspiracy involving cocaine and heroin which was being supplied by a network of people operating in three areas of the UK. The case involves substantial mobile phone evidence and police observations over several months.
  • R v A 2016 (Old Bailey)
    Represented a client charged with a serious aggravated burglary in which the complainant was threatened with a firearm. The complainant refused to give evidence through fear and his statement was read to the jury. Having heard all the evidence the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
  • R v A 2016 (Isleworth C.C.)
    The client was charged with a street robbery. The complainant died shortly before the trial. After lengthy legal argument the judge ruled that the deceased’s witness statement should be read to the jury. After hearing all the evidence the jury found him not guilty.
  • R v A 2014 (Inner London C.C.)
    Client was charged with possessing a firearm which police found in a bag at his home address. The property was occupied by several people and the client had apparently made certain admissions suggesting knowledge of the firearm, although this was disputed. After legal argument the judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence to proceed to trial – a not guilty verdict was entered.
  • R v D 2014 (Leicester C.C)
    Represented one of seven defendants charged with blackmail. The principal defendant was charged with an attempted ‘honour’ killing. After a trial lasting several weeks, the client was found not guilty.
  • R v H 2013 (Portsmouth C.C.)
    Client was charged with the importation of 150 kg of cannabis with a street value of £400k. The prosecution relied upon mobile phone evidence and his proximity to the drugs. The jury acquitted the client.

 

Road Traffic Offences

Alistair has represented clients in most areas of road traffic offending, including the most serious allegations. His highlight was the case of R v J (Harrow C.C.) where he defended a man charged with causing death by dangerous driving. His client had allegedly fallen asleep whilst driving and crashed into a HGV, killing his best friend who was in the front seat. After an emotional trial, Alistair’s client was found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, but convicted of careless driving.
Alistair is currently instructed in R v M (Woolwich C.C.) which is another case of causing death by dangerous driving in which there are complex issues of toxicology to be addressed during the trial
  • R v N 2016 (Woolwich C.C.)
    Currently instructed in a serious drugs conspiracy involving cocaine and heroin which was being supplied by a network of people operating in three areas of the UK. The case involves substantial mobile phone evidence and police observations over several months.
  • R v A 2016 (Old Bailey)
    Represented a client charged with a serious aggravated burglary in which the complainant was threatened with a firearm. The complainant refused to give evidence through fear and his statement was read to the jury. Having heard all the evidence the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
  • R v A 2016 (Isleworth C.C.)
    The client was charged with a street robbery. The complainant died shortly before the trial. After lengthy legal argument the judge ruled that the deceased’s witness statement should be read to the jury. After hearing all the evidence the jury found him not guilty.
  • R v A 2014 (Inner London C.C.)
    Client was charged with possessing a firearm which police found in a bag at his home address. The property was occupied by several people and the client had apparently made certain admissions suggesting knowledge of the firearm, although this was disputed. After legal argument the judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence to proceed to trial – a not guilty verdict was entered.
  • R v D 2014 (Leicester C.C)
    Represented one of seven defendants charged with blackmail. The principal defendant was charged with an attempted ‘honour’ killing. After a trial lasting several weeks, the client was found not guilty.
  • R v H 2013 (Portsmouth C.C.)
    Client was charged with the importation of 150 kg of cannabis with a street value of £400k. The prosecution relied upon mobile phone evidence and his proximity to the drugs. The jury acquitted the client.

 

Court of Appeal Experience

Alistair has conducted successful appeals at the Royal Courts of Justice over the last 20 years. This has involved drafting complex grounds of appeal and making clear and concise submissions before the Court of Appeal.
  • R v V (2016)
    Successful appeal against sentence in a case of harassment - sentence reduced by 8 months
  • R v J (2014)
    Successful appeal against sentence in a robbery case – sentence reduced by several months
  • R v W (2013)
    Successful appeal against sentence in a drugs case. The client’s sentence was reduced from 8yrs to 6yrs.
  • R v B (2009)
    Successful appeal against conviction. The client had been convicted of robbery. The appeal centered on an interpretation of the law relating to bad character evidence. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal against conviction on the basis the trial judge was wrong to have disclosed the client’s previous convictions to the jury. At his re-trial, the defendant was found not guilty.