Profile

Alistair is a highly regarded and sought after practitioner recommended by Chambers and Partners for Crime. Alistair specialises in business crime, criminal law, terrorism and data protection. He has a busy advisory and court practice. He regularly advises both companies and individuals facing criminal or regulatory investigation.

A bright, hardworking and impressive lawyer

Legal 500 2017

Alistair has an acute awareness of commercial and reputational implications for his clients. He is approachable and dedicated. His advocacy and advisory skills are allied with keen tactical and strategic judgment.

Recognition

Legal 500 2017 C&P 2018

Expertise

Criminal Litigation

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Alistair is instructed in the most serious terrorism cases. He acted in the prosecution of two brothers who arranged for the travel of numerous people from the UK to Syria to fight for IS. He is currently instructed to prosecute another man who attempted to travel to Syria to fight for IS. Alistair was led by Sarah Whitehouse QC in the prosecution of two defendants responsible for manufacturing fake bomb detectors subsequently used across the world.

Alistair also has experience in offences under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – including possession of documents useful to those seeking to manufacture IEDs and evade detection. Alistair is used to dealing with highly sensitive material, as well as advising on complex disclosure issues.

Alistair recently appeared on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the Cayman Islands, led by David Perry QC, in two appeals from the Court of Appeal to the Privy Council which involved issues of jurisdiction, statutory interpretation, and international comity (DPP v Crawford  and Wright v DPP).

Alistair regularly acts for individuals who are facing criminal prosecution in high profile and serious cases.  Alistair regularly advises clients during the early stages of proceedings as to whether and how prosecution can be avoided, and whether there are alternative disposals that may be appropriate.

Alistair appeared in Regina (Singh) v Ealing Magistrates’ Court, one of the leading cases on wasted costs applications.

Alistair recently undertook a review of the tools available to address gang crime on behalf of the Home Office.

Corporate Crime and Investigations

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Alistair has particular experience advising in relation to complex business and corporate crime. Alistair is familiar with the demands of large organisations and the strategic implications of litigation and investigations.

He has advised multinational corporations and a high street bank in respect of their potential criminal liability. He has been retained by a large multinational company and instructed by a magic circle law firm to assist in an investigation arising out of a series of high-profile criminal investigations.

Alistair has acted for a large corporate client facing criminal prosecution, advising them in relation to criminal liability, their disclosure obligations and criminal procedure. He has a keen awareness of commercial sensitivity for corporates facing investigation.

Alistair currently acts for two multi-national film production companies, providing advice on criminal procedure and investigations, as well as questions of territorial jurisdiction.

Data Protection, Media and Information Law

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Alistair has considerable experience in data protection, media and information law. Alistair has advised corporate clients in respect of their obligations to protect data they hold. He advises on confidential matters involving compromise of information security.

Alistair is instructed by two multi-national film production companies to provide advice on protection of their trademarked material.

Alistair is retained by the Northern and Shell Media Group (including Express Newspapers) to provide pre-publication advice in a number of areas of media law, including defamation, copyright, privacy and confidence and reporting restrictions.

Alistair is retained by another major international publishing house to provide advice in relation to their data protection obligations, and on their ability to challenge warrants seeking to obtain documents which contain journalistic material.

Cybercrime

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Alistair has a particular interest in cybercrime. He advises on confidential matters involving compromise of information security. He has advised multi-national corporate clients on their obligations in respect of their obligations to protect date they hold.  He has also advised on the obligations that arise and may arise about notification of cyberattacks.

Alistair has particular expertise in the regulation within which corporates and financial institutions can act to protect themselves.

Alistair is available to provide advise on possible remedies available to both prevent and seek redress against cyberattacks

Restraint, Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture

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Alistair has considerable experience of work under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He has provided advice and represented clients in both criminal confiscation proceedings and claims for civil recovery.

Alistair regularly conducts contested confiscation hearings, and advises on challenges to the making of confiscation orders. He is able to provide clients with robust and incisive advice prior to any hearing.

Alistair benefited from a period of secondment to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (now the NCA), where he received particular exposure to high-profile and high-value confiscation and civil recovery cases.

Alistair acts for both prosecution and defence and is happy to act in restraint proceedings, confiscation hearings, civil recovery proceedings, post-confiscation enforcement proceedings and cash forfeiture proceedings.

Appointments

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  • Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (List C – Civil)
  • Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel (List B – Proceeds of Crime)
  • Crown Prosecution Service (London) Prosecuting Panel (Grade 4)
  • Crown Prosecution Service Specialist Proceeds of Crime (Grade 3)
  • Crown Prosecution Service Specialist Fraud Prosecutor (Grade 3)
  • Crown Prosecution Service Specialist Serious Casework Prosecutor (Grade 3)

Education

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  • MA (Hons), History, St Edmund Hall Oxford
  • PGDL BPP (Merit)
  • BVC, BPP (Distinction)

Other

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Before joining Chambers, Alistair spent a year in practice at the Commercial Bar. Alistair is therefore adept at handling commercial interests and considerations within the context of criminal litigation.

Alistair is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association and the South Eastern Circuit.

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