Tracy Ayling QC

Year of Call: 1983  Silk: 2006  


Tracy is a specialist Criminal Practitioner, for both the defence and prosecution.

Tracy defends in serious sex cases, murder, and confiscation cases acting in some of the highest profile cases in the UK.

Tracy has particular expertise in the ever-developing areas of child sex offending, grooming, and human trafficking. Leading defence counsel in Operation Bullfinch (very high profile, widely reported 2013 case concerning a gang of Asian men grooming and abusing very young girls over a period of many years in Oxford) – only the second case of its type.

Tracy is an advocacy trainer for the Inner Temple, she teaches a unique course on how to cross examine very young and vulnerable witnesses. Brought in to lead for the defence in a 2014 case involving 3 year old complainants and significant expert witness evidence. Leading specialist in matters of PII and disclosure.

Extensive experience of cases concerning International Security and Government agencies requiring expert knowledge of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, including the legality of telephone intercept material.



  • R v Goldstein & Rimmington: Sending salt through the post pretending it to be anthrax.
  • R v Davis-Jones: Solicitor murder of wife.



  • R v Jarvis: Largest confiscation on paper.

Murder & Manslaughter


  • R V Oyetoro: Gang gun murder.
  • R v Doyle: Gang knife murder.
  • R v Uddin: Stabbing.
  • R v Hutchinson: Drug related shooting.
  • R v Mason: Gang related stabbing by juvenile.
  • R v Turner: Stabbing.

Serious Sexual Offences


  • R v Karrar & Others: Asian gang grooming young girls in Oxford.
  • R v Maule & Others: Human Trafficking and controlling prostitution.
  • R v Moliere: Alleged Sexual abuse of three year old girls.
  • R v Malcolm: Historic Sexual abuse 38 years previously.
  • R v Wright: Defended soldier of the Blues and Royals for rape in Green Park.

Directory Quotes

“Her advocacy is punchy, focused and succinct” Legal 500 2016

“An amazing advocate in court.” Legal 500


  • Special Advocate for the Attorney General
  • Special Immigration Appeals Commission
  • Standing Counsel to HMRC (1998 – 2005)


  • Advocacy Trainer (Inner Temple)