Consistently recognised as one of the country's leading junior barristers in three separate areas of specialism: Crime, Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law & Fraud (including Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture).
“He exudes confidence in an understated way” Legal 500 2017
“He has an eloquent and uncompromising approach, combining genuine legal acumen with a practical touch.” Legal 500 2016
Alex has particular expertise in defending in cases of alleged fraud and significant financial wrongdoing and has for several years been recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in the area. Early in his career Alex completed secondments to the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Regulatory Authority and HMRC. That experience has given him the platform to build a practice founded on detailed insight into the various domestic and international agencies’ methods of investigation and presentation of allegations of fraud and business crime.
As well as providing courtroom representation, Alex advises corporates and individuals, particularly in the areas of bribery and regulatory compliance. He provides lectures and training in these areas to selected partners, as well as within the related fields of confiscation and asset forfeiture.
A significant portion of Alex's practice concerns the regulatory landscape of professional discipline. He is sought-after to present and defend hearings concerning healthcare, legal and sporting professionals charged with the most serious misconduct (which has included fraud, dishonesty, illicit betting, assault of patients and attempted killing).
Alex is often called upon to represent interested persons in coronial proceedings (both families and those under scrutiny), and has significant experience of enhanced Article 2 inquests. He is presently instructed together with John Cooper QC to represent the family of a soldier who died at the notorious “Deepcut” barracks. Together, they successfully applied to the High Court to quash the original inquest and conclusions, and secured an order for a fresh inquest, to be heard over several months in 2019.
Alex has heavy experience in general criminal cases. His particular expertise is in factually-complex allegations of organised crime, where recent and current instructions include allegations of gangland-murder, people trafficking, firearms and multi-ton drug trafficking. He often appears for those accused of causing fatalities whilst driving.
Alex also frequently appears before the High Court, principally in claims for judicial review arising from his substantive areas of expertise.
Alex can accept Direct Public Access instruction.
Selected Lectures and Publications
- Human Rights and Benefit Calculations – Address to the Criminal Law Friendly Society
- Unexplained Wealth Orders – 25 Bedford Row Fraud Group Bulletin
- Impairment, Sanction & the Public Interest - Address to the General Dental Council
- Approaching the Inquest from the Regulatory Perspective - Address to the Royal College of Nurses
- The Regulation of Health & Social Provisions Bill
- The Criminal Liability of Companies - for PLC
- Young Fraud Lawyers
- Fraud Lawyers Association
- Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
- Criminal Bar Association
- CyberCrime Practitioners Association
- MA (Cantab) in Law, Jesus College, Cambridge University