Alexandra’s criminal practice encompasses organised crime, serious violence and sexual offences.
Equally adept at dealing with complex telephonic data as she is cross-examining witnesses, Alexandra has defended in serious, high-profile cases including cocaine importation, brothel keeping and firearms conspiracies. She takes a tactical approach to multi-handed cases, and understands the nuances of organised crime.
Alexandra is ranked as a Leading Junior in Crime in the Legal 500, 2023.
Notable Crime cases
R v S  Harrow Crown Court
Represented a young man accused of attempted aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life. The Crown’s case was that he was the leader of a large group that attempted to break into a cannabis factory armed with a loaded gun. The prosecution relied upon a combination of CCTV footage, cell site evidence, DNA evidence, and material taken from the defendant’s handset. The client was acquitted of all counts.
R v D  Maidstone Crown Court
Client accepted being the ‘getaway’ driver for four men who had committed an armed home invasion robbery but denied knowing the men were armed. The Crown did not accept this, forcing a trial of issue. Won the Newton Hearing, persuading the Judge that he should sentence her on the basis that she was not aware that all four men carried weapons.
R v B  Isleworth Crown Court
Defendant acquitted of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to two police officers, using his car as a weapon.
R v T  Warwick Crown Court Operation Crossfeed
Led by James Tilbury, representing a young man accused of kidnap and perverting the course of justice following the stabbing of two members of a rival gang by an associate.
R v C  Harrow Crown Court
Written representations in conjunction with reports from two psychiatrists and a psychologist persuaded the Crown that it was not in the public interest to proceed with a trial of issue against her vulnerable client, who faced an allegation of false imprisonment as part of a wider conspiracy to kidnap and blackmail a teenager.
R v G  Reading Crown Court Operation Lithuania
Instructed to represent a defendant accused of encouraging or assisting an offender in relation to offences of false imprisonment and blackmail stemming from a large county lines conspiracy. My London News (https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/horrendous-gangsters-groomed-threatened-vulnerable-21579013).
R v R  St Albans Crown Court Operation Amang
Conspiracy to steal count stayed following a successful abuse of process argument brought on the basis that to allow the matter to proceed would be an affront to justice.
R v S  Cardiff Crown Court
Operation Jackdaw 2 – Appeared for a vulnerable defendant charged as part of a drugs conspiracy valued at £16 million, securing a suspended sentence.
R v Z  Wood Green Crown Court
Operation Emohawk – A case involving drugs and the illegal sex trade, led by Richard Furlong. Defendant charged with two conspiracies. Drafted the successful submission of ‘no case to answer’ on the conspiracy to run a brothel count; client found not guilty by the jury on the drugs conspiracy.
R v D  Isleworth Crown Court
Operation Mandebras – Complex trial involving multiple conspiracies to facilitate immigration offences, led by James Tilbury.
R v P  Derby Crown Court
Defendant accused of rape, sexual assault, and coercive and controlling behaviour. Successfully applied to adduce the bad character of the complainant and secured ‘not guilty’ verdicts at the end of the three-week trial. This was despite text messages in evidence which appeared to amount to a confession.
R v X  Woolwich Crown Court
Avoided a potential ‘cut-throat’ to secure ‘not guilty’ verdicts for a promising young footballer who was the first of five young defendants prosecuted for a joint enterprise stabbing that took place in broad daylight in a residential street, in spite of the complainant identifying her client as the man with the knife, and the Crown’s assertion that he could be seen holding a knife on CCTV footage of the defendants fleeing the scene.
R v H  Manchester Crown Court
Crown compelled to offer no evidence in a multi-handed violent disorder, following the service of a s.78 argument to exclude the identification evidence at the start of the trial.
R v N  Lewes Crown Court
Rape allegation. Successful applications to adduce the complainant’s sexual history and bad character. ‘Not guilty’ verdict secured in spite of lies told at interview.
R v D  Lewes Crown Court
Led by Colin Aylott QC in a multi-handed case relating to an allegation of murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
R v Qosja  1 Cr App. R. 17
Point of law taken at first instance and on appeal – with leave – as to the immediacy of fear of violence requisite to make out a section 4A offence of stalking (discussed here)
R v K  Harrow Crown Court
Represented a young man of good character accused of causing grievous bodily harm by breaking the complainant’s leg; acquittal secured on the basis of self-defence, relying on the evidence of a defence expert pathologist as to the nature of the fracture.
R v Raduca  EWCA Crim 279
Sentence for a string of dwelling burglaries reduced on appeal.
R v C  Central Criminal Court
Operation Namix – Importation of semi-automatic firearms. The case involved the defence of duress and ongoing disclosure of large amounts of phone data throughout the trial, led by Richard Button.
R v F  Manchester Crown Court
Led by Chris Henley, successfully opposed the first forfeiture application made under s. 23 of the Terrorism Act 2000.