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Alex is recommended by the legal directories as a leading Silk in eight areas, spanning both criminal and civil law. His core areas are (1) criminal fraud / financial crime (2) crime (3) human rights (4) public and administrative law (5) media law and (6) defamation and privacy; he also specialises in (7) public international law and (8) professional discipline.

Significant criminal and financial crime cases include:

  • R v Railtrack plc and its former Chief Executive (corporate manslaughter, Hatfield rail crash)
  • R v Stanford (businessman charged with unlawful email interception)
  • R v Katharine Gun (GCHQ employee – Official Secrets Act disclosures relating to the Iraq war)
  • R v Dunlop (first application to retry an acquitted person (for murder) under new double jeopardy laws)
  • GlaxoSmithKline (criminal investigation into clinical trials, EU/domestic criminal law)
  • R(Redknapp) v City of London Police [2009] 1 WLR 2091 (corruption investigation in Premiership football, legality of arrest, search warrants)
  • R(Adams) v SoS for Justice [2012] 1 AC 48 (Supreme Court – meaning of ‘miscarriage of justice’)
  • R v Sidhu (insider dealing, hedge fund, co-operating accomplice)
  • R v Dr E (medical doctor charged with gross negligence manslaughter)
  • Alstom Group (global corruption investigation)
  • R(Tchenguiz) v SFO [2012] EWHC 2254 (Admin), [2014] EWHC 1315 (Comm) (SFO investigation into collapse of Kaupthing Bank – judicial review and Commercial Court claim)

Significant extradition cases include:

  • HH v Italy [2013] 1 AC 338 (Supreme Court – extradition, rights of dependent children)
  • Diri v USA [2015] (extradition, conspiracy to defraud, export sanctions)
  • Arpasi v Hungary [2016] (extradition, prison conditions)

Previously a derivatives trader in the City who read Mathematics at Cambridge University, Alex is instructed in a wide variety of commercial and business crime cases: corporate manslaughter, corruption, cartels, frauds of all kinds, insider dealing and other regulatory offences. He represents a wide range of bodies and persons: multinational corporations, private equity groups, banks, traders, directors, senior business executives, City firms, regulators, prosecuting authorities, professional bodies, foreign governments, editors, journalists and media organisations. He is sought after both for his advice during the investigatory stages and for heavyweight trial work. He is on the Serious Fraud Office QC List. His general criminal work ranges from gross negligence manslaughter to interception of communications and official secrets.

His practice frequently involves international and cross-border issues e.g. multi-jurisdictional investigations, extradition, sanctions and Interpol Red Notices. He acts for requested persons and foreign governments. He has experience of criminal cases from many diverse jurisdictions e.g. USA, Russia, Ukraine, France, Jersey, Iceland, Greece, the Middle East and a number of Caribbean countries. He is recommended as one the Best Fraud Lawyers in the UK in the Global Best Lawyers directory and a leading lawyer for Investigations in Who’s Who Legal.

He also has experience of high value civil claims following criminal fraud investigations and prosecutions e.g. Commercial Court claims for misfeasance in public office; malicious prosecution; collateral use of disclosed documents. He provides advice to witnesses in Commercial Court cases who are under criminal investigation or face criminal exposure.

He is a contributing author to a number of leading books on fraud and criminal justice and a regular writer and speaker. He writes the Companies Act offences chapter in Montgomery and Ormerod, Fraud: Criminal Law & Procedure and the Official Secrets Act chapter in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. He is also a contributing author to Emmerson and Ashworth, Human Rights & Criminal Justice.

His international criminal and public international work includes advising on state immunity and its interaction with the jurisdiction of various domestic and international criminal courts; cases concerning torture, rendition, genocide and other violations of fundamental human rights; issues relating to individual violations of international criminal laws. He has experience of diverse jurisdictions: from US Supreme Court cases to litigation in the Turks & Caicos Islands.  He has advised concerning proceedings before the International Criminal Court and has been instructed in cases relating to Darfur and Libya. He has appeared in a number of key domestic cases involving international law issues. Further details of his international work can be found here.

Important media cases include:

  • David Miranda (Snowden material, journalistic protections)
  • R(Catt) v ACPO (Supreme Court – privacy rights, activities in public)
  • Advising the Guardian concerning publication of WikiLeaks material
  • Metropolitan Police v BBC (confidential journalistic sources, Panorama programme on hacking)
  • MoD v Griffin (confidentiality injunction and prior publication, Official Secrets)
  • R(Malik) v Manchester Crown Court (confidential journalistic sources, self-incrimination)
  • R v D (reporting restrictions, application to quash an acquittal)

His media work often involves the interaction between fair trial rights, privacy, confidentiality, open justice and freedom of speech – areas where criminal and media law intersect. He has advised high-profile figures, editors, journalists, national newspapers and broadcasters on reputation management issues, production orders, search warrants, witness summonses, reporting restrictions, anonymity, contempt of court, the Official Secrets Acts and other criminal offences. His media clients have included the BBC, Guardian, the Mirror Group, Daily Telegraph, Independent, ITN, Evening Standard, Channel 4, The Times, BSkyB, Financial Times, News Group Newspapers, Associated Newspapers and the Press Association. He is recommended in the Media & Entertainment Section of Who’s Who Legal.

He has a diverse human rights and public law practice: from commercial judicial reviews to test cases in Strasbourg. His clients range from wealthy private clients, major shareholders, multinational corporations and FTSE companies to media organisations, regulators, public authorities, NGOs and publicly-funded individuals. He has been instructed in more than 20 cases in the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Privy Council and European Court of Human Rights. He often works at the interface between criminal and public law.

Notable human rights cases include:

  • Da Silva v UK (European Court of Human Rights [GC], shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes)
  • Litvinenko Inquiry (representing UK print and broadcast media)
  • Smith v MoD [2014] AC 52 (Supreme Court – human rights of British soldiers abroad)
  • Austin v UK (2012) 55 EHRR 14 (European Court of Human Rights [GC] – ‘kettling’ in crowd control)
  • R(GC) v Metropolitan Police [2011] 1 WLR 1230 (Supreme Court – DNA retention)
  • Gillan v UK (2010) 50 EHRR 45 (European Court of Human Rights – anti-terrorist police powers)
  • Pipersburgh & Robateau v R [2008] UKPC 11 (death row appeal)
  • A v Home Secretary [2005] 2 AC 68 (House of Lords – “Belmarsh case”, detention without trial of suspected terrorists)

His public law work includes:

  • Beghal v DPP [2016] AC 88 (Supreme Court – border control, compulsory questioning)
  • R(Cart) v Upper Tribunal [2012] 1 AC 663 (Supreme Court – judicial review of Upper Tribunal)
  • Ahmed v HM Treasury (No.1 & 2) [2010] 2 AC 534 (Supreme Court – UN asset-freezing)
  • Advising the Chief Justice of Gibraltar: considered in [2009] UKPC 43
  • R(Gentle) v Prime Minister [2008] 1 AC 1356 (House of Lords – legality of Iraq war)
  • Judicial reviews of decisions to prosecute / not to prosecute; challenges to CCRC decisions
  • Major public inquiries and inquests e.g. Litvinenko Inquiry, Undercover Policing Inquiry

Current work includes:

  • Pending cases in the European Court of Human Rights
  • Undercover Policing Inquiry
  • Advising Libyan nationals concerning allegations of rendition / torture
  • Advising in diverse cases involving Interpol Notices
  • Acting for the majority shareholders and business magnate Leonid Nevzlin in relation to Yukos Oil Company
  • Advising various individuals, banks and corporates in a number of complex corporate criminal investigations including e.g. LIBOR and Euribor
  • Human rights claims for corporate entities
  • Extradition cases

Appointments and other information:

  • Deputy High Court Judge (Administrative Court)
  • Recorder (Crown Court)
  • Cambridge University MA (Hons.) Mathematics
  • Lincoln’s Inn Scholar (CPE)
  • Highest mark in the University (CPE)
  • Regular speaker at legal conferences
  • Contributing author to leading books on fraud, human rights and criminal justice
  • Articles frequently published in the legal and national press
  • Appeared on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Radio 4 Today Programme and Newsnight on legal issues.

Alex accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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“a class act” (Legal 500 2016, Human Rights)

“uses his knowledge imaginatively and persuasively” (Legal 500 2016, Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations))

“a highly polished and accomplished advocate” (Legal 500 2016, Fraud: Crime)

“a fabulous grasp of the criminal law relating to media organisations” (Legal 500 2016, Media & Entertainment)

“particular insight into financial markets” (Legal 500 2016, Professional Discipline)

“very sought after” (Legal 500 2016, Public International Law)

“strategic and creative”; “very charming, intelligent and energetic”; “notably adept at handling matters involving multi-jurisdictional elements” (Chambers UK 2016, Financial Crime: Corporates)

“understands the world of finance”; “frequently represents high net worth individuals in complex business crime cases” (Chambers UK 2016, Financial Crime)

“dedicated and decisive”; “a wealth of experience” (Who’s Who Legal 2016, Investigations)

“second to none”; “a very smooth advocate” (Chambers UK 2015/16, Defamation & Privacy)

“shrewd operator”; “eminent media practice”; “leading contribution to the field” (Who’s Who Legal 2015/16, Media)

“brilliant” (Chambers UK 2015, Human Rights)

“incredibly good” (Chambers UK 2015, Admin. & Public Law)

“an outstanding advocate” (Legal 500 2015, Public International Law)

“in high demand” (Legal 500 2015, Human Rights)

“elegant and effortless”; “meticulous preparation” (Legal 500 2015, Media & Entertainment)

“inspires”; “clear, concise” (Legal 500 2014, Defamation & Privacy)

“excellent” (Legal 500 2014, Admin. & Public Law)

“incredibly bright”; “frighteningly quick”; “has the flair you need … to get the ear of the court” (Chambers UK 2014, Human Rights)

“very authoritative”; “totally on top of his brief” (Chambers UK 2014, Admin & Public Law)

“praised for his oral advocacy and strategic foresight” (Chambers UK 2014, Fraud: Criminal)

“attractive, concise and powerful” (Chambers UK 2013, Human Rights)

“hugely talented”; “known for his great intelligence” (Chambers UK 2012, Fraud: Criminal)