Alexandra’s criminal practice is focused on organised crime and serious violence.
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 and Chambers and Partners 2024.
Notable Crime cases
R v V (2024) Harrow Crown Court
Representing one of four defendants charged with firearms offences arising out of an incident at Notting Hill Carnival.
R v C (2024) Portsmouth Crown Court
Operation Geology – instructed in a seven-handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs across the south of England.
R v A (2023) Isleworth Crown Court
Operation Brightly – leading Anthony James representing a defendant alleged to have been part of a wider scheme to launder cash through Dubai on a substantial scale.
R v G  Isleworth Crown Court
Represented a businessman charged with conspiracy to supply 250kg of Ketamine – following service of a comprehensive Defence Statement, the Crown accepted that he was running a legitimate logistics business, that there was no realistic prospect of conviction and offered no evidence.
R v X 
Instructed for the first defendant in a conspiracy to transfer firearms.
R v M  Sheffield Crown Court
Representing a defendant charged as part of a large conspiracy to smuggle drugs and weapons into prison
R v O (2023) Ipswich Crown Court
Operation Pennard – Led by Houzla Rawat representing the first defendant in a large scale Encrochat conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis.
R v M  Kingston Crown Court
Secured acquittal for a young man alleged to be part of a conspiracy to supply over 5kg of heroin.
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 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 M  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 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 R  St Albans Crown Court
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
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 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 D  Isleworth Crown Court
Operation Mandebras – Complex trial involving multiple conspiracies to facilitate immigration offences, led by James Tilbury.
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.