Instructing Alex Davidson
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Alex’s practice primarily encompasses general crime, financial crime, and proceeds of crime work. In addition to being an experienced criminal trial advocate, Alex has expertise in advising on and providing representation in civil and public law proceedings.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Alex was a lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales. He was responsible for writing the Law Commission’s search warrants report, several of the recommendations in which were implemented through amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules. Alex also contributed to the Law Commission’s reviews of confiscation; anti-money laundering; official secrets legislation; misconduct in public office; online communication offences; and sentencing, which led to the enactment of the Sentencing Act 2020. Alongside working at the Law Commission, Alex was a teaching associate in jurisprudence and legal theory at Queen Mary University of London.
Alex contributes to Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, giving him a breadth of knowledge in criminal law, evidence, and procedure. He has authored articles and case commentaries in leading publications, produced material for the Judicial College, and is currently writing a practitioners’ text to be published by Oxford University Press on investigatory powers. Alex has delivered talks at legal conferences as well as to the legal profession, medical profession, media organisations, and government departments.
Alex has worked in an advisory capacity to several organisations. He spent time seconded to the National Crime Agency where he advised and represented the agency in relation to complex criminal investigations and civil recovery matters. He was recently appointed as junior counsel to the Independent Review of Disclosure and Fraud Offences. He has advised UK government departments in relation to terrorism legislation, and the United Nations in connection with terrorism and money laundering investigations. He is also a legal adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on War Crimes, assisting with its work on the Rwandan Genocide.
Alex also worked as a paralegal at Corker Binning where he assisted with cases spanning international corruption, fraud, extradition, and regulatory investigations. These included working on the biggest FCA insider dealing case to date (Operation Tabernula), the biggest HMRC direct tax fraud case to date (Operation Amazon), the SFO’s international corruption investigation into Alstom, and the FCA’s regulatory investigation into Forex manipulation.
Alex advises and represents individuals, corporates, and prosecution agencies in all manner of criminal proceedings. He has experience across the spectrum of criminal offences, including murder, serious violence, fraud and financial crime, drug offences, and sexual offences. Alex also has experience in dealing with civil orders connected to criminal proceedings. His expertise in investigatory powers makes him well placed to advise at the early stages of criminal proceedings.
Recent cases include:
Alex also has expertise in representing individuals charged with road traffic offences, including cases which feature technical arguments and expert evidence. Alex’s clients have included sporting figures and high net-worth individuals. Recent road traffic cases include:
Alex advises and represents individuals, corporates, and prosecuting authorities in a broad range of fraud and financial crime matters. Recent cases include:
Alex spent time seconded to the NCA where he advised the agency in relation to complex, multi-jurisdictional, and high-profile financial crime investigations. Prior to coming to the Bar, Alex worked at a leading criminal defence firm on criminal and regulatory cases brought by the SFO, FCA, and HMRC. His expertise in fraud and financial crime led to his appointment as junior counsel to the Independent Review of Disclosure and Fraud Offences.
Alex contributed to numerous financial crime-related law reform projects as a lawyer at the Law Commission. He regularly writes case reports for the Criminal Law Review and Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime, with recent topics including fraud offences, corporate criminal liability, private prosecutions, confiscation, unexplained wealth orders, deferred prosecution agreements, and investigatory powers. He also provided legal research for the latest edition of Insider Dealing: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Alex provides advice and representation at all stages of confiscation proceedings and in relation to associated restraint matters. Recent cases include:
Alex has a detailed knowledge of the confiscation regime from working on the Law Commission’s confiscation project. He has written case reports and commentary on recent confiscation cases.
Alex has expertise in advising and representing persons in a broad range of civil recovery matters. Recent cases include:
Alex spent time on secondment to the NCA where he advised the agency on the full range civil recovery matters, including High Court civil recovery orders, property freezing orders, account freezing and forfeiture orders, unexplained wealth orders, and investigatory powers. Alex has also written case reports and legal commentaries on civil recovery powers.
Alex accepts instructions relating to extradition and mutual assistance.
Alex provides case law and legislation updates to the extradition section of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. In 2020, he won the John RWD Jones QC Extradition Essay Competition with an essay examining the human rights issues that arise in the context of extradition requests from category 2 territories.
Alex has experience in both bringing and defending in judicial review proceedings. Recent cases include:
R (NCA) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court  EWHC 2631 (Admin):
Represented the NCA as junior counsel in judicial review proceedings concerning account freezing orders relating to a sanctioned Russian businessman.
Alex is currently assisting with the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry.
Alex accepts instructions relating to financial and other sanctions. His experience in this area stems from his ongoing work advising and representing the NCA in proceedings involving domestic and international sanctions regimes.