Education / Qualifications
> 1994 Bar Vocational Course (Inns of Court School of Law)
> 1993 LLM (London School of Economics)
>1992 LLB (London School of Economics)
> 2003 - 2006 Member of the Bar Council’s Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee
> 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.
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.||
|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.||
|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.||
Other Serious Crime
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
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.||