Consistently ranked as one of the leading juniors for many years, Alisdair practises in serious crime. He is well-known as specialist counsel in rape and other difficult and complex sexual offences. He has acted in many very high profile cases, including the successful defence of Michael Le Vell, and is a former Times Lawyer of the Week. He primarily defends, often as leading junior and is recognised for his expertise in both financial crime and homicide. He also practises in professional disciplinary tribunals, inquests and licensing.

He has extensive experience in fraud having defended as leading junior in a variety of VAT, missing trader, income tax and regulatory frauds. His background degree in economics enables him to master the financial details and nuances. Solicitors and lay clients value his approachable style and analytic ability.

Alisdair has an enviable record in representing police officers in disciplinary hearings and before the Crown Courts and he well understands the unique pressures of these situations for his client.

He has a successful appellate practice in both the Court of Appeal, where he is asked to take over cases in which he was not previously instructed, and in the form of judicial review.

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