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 2022.
Notable Crime cases
R v C  Norwich Crown Court
Defending a woman charged with drugs conspiracies arising out of an Encrochat investigation.
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 F  Derby Crown Court
Secured an acquittal for an offence of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, successfully advancing the defence that he had not intended to cause serious harm, and that he was not acting in concert with the other defendant, who was convicted.
R v L  Isleworth Crown Court
Represented the first of four defendants facing an allegation of gang rape, in a trial that involved scrutiny of significant amounts of medical evidence and CCTV.
R v G  Inner London Crown Court
Acquittal secured for a man in his seventies charged with exposure, relying on expert evidence from a urologist as to the impact of the medication he was taking at the time.
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 G  Stafford Crown Court
Operation Bell – Represented a young woman in a ‘County Lines’ drugs conspiracy, defendant acquitted of the conspiracy.
R v D  Isleworth Crown Court
Operation Mandebras – Complex trial involving multiple conspiracies to facilitate immigration offences, led by James Tilbury.
R v D  Basildon Crown Court
Acquittal secured for a vulnerable young man facing an allegation of rape, an intermediary being required for his evidence. The case involved cross-examination of two children and analysis of a large amount of phone contact, cross-referencing calls and text messages to demonstrate that it was actually the complainant instigating contact.
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
Deftly 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 T  Reading Crown Court
Defendant acquitted of sexual assault and grievous bodily harm in a case which required cross-examination of five civilian witnesses.
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.