Pump Court

Alex Davidson

Call 2020
Appointments

CPS Level 1

Publications

Publications

Books

  • Criminal Investigatory Powers (OUP, forthcoming).
  • “Unlawful Interception of Communications” in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (OUP, 2018).
  • Insider Dealing: Law and Practice (OUP, 2020) (legal researcher).

Articles

  • “Extraterritoriality and Statutory Interpretation: The Increasing Reach of Investigative Powers” (2020) 1 Public Law 1.
  • “Human Rights Protection Before the International Criminal Court: Assessing the Scope and Application of Article 21(3) of the Rome Statute” (2016) 18(1) International Community Law Review 72.

Case Commentaries

  • Serious Fraud Office v Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd [2021] Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime 353 (Deferred Prosecution Agreements).
  • R (on the application of KBR) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (Supreme Court) [2021] Criminal Law Review 494 (extraterritoriality).
  • National Crime Agency v Baker [2020] Criminal Law Review 976 (unexplained wealth orders).
  • R v Varley [2020] Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime 281 (fraud by false misrepresentation).
  • Serious Fraud Office v Barclays [2020] Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime 319 (corporate criminal liability).
  • R (on the application of BBC) v Newcastle Crown Court [2020] Criminal Law Review 243 (production orders).
  • R (on the application of KBR) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (Divisional Court) [2019] Criminal Law Review 50 (extraterritoriality).
  • Business Energy Solutions Ltd v Preston Crown Court [2018] Criminal Law Review 860 (data seizure).
  • R v Jogee (2016) UKSC Blog (joint enterprise liability).
Memberships
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
Education
  • BPTC (Outstanding), City Law School
  • LLB (Hons), Queen Mary University of London

Prizes / Awards

  • British Academy of Forensic Sciences Prize for the highest BPTC mark in Advanced Criminal Litigation, City Law School (2021)
  • John RWD Jones QC Extradition Essay Competition Winner (2020)
  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2020)
  • Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2019)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2018)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)

Instructing Alex Davidson

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Alex Davidson prosecutes and defends in a broad range of criminal matters, appearing in the Crown Court, magistrates’ courts, and youth courts. Alex has experience across the spectrum of criminal offences, including serious violence, fraud, drug offences, sexual offences, and motoring offences.

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, online communications, and sentencing, the latter of 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 has a particular expertise in investigatory powers. He has authored articles and case commentaries in leading publications, produced material for the Judicial College, written for Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, and is currently writing a practitioners’ text on investigatory powers to be published by Oxford University Press. 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 has advised UK government departments in relation to environmental law and terrorism legislation, and the United Nations in connection with terrorism and money laundering investigations. He is currently a legal adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on War Crimes, assisting with its work on the Rwandan Genocide.

Alex also spent time working 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 has volunteered with a number of organisations. He has successfully represented clients in appeals before the Social Security Tribunal with the Free Representation Unit. Alex has also volunteered with the British Institute of Human Rights, assisting in the provision of human rights training for the Care Quality Commission, and the International State Crime Initiative, assisting with research into the enforcement of human rights by minority groups facing persecution.

Practice Areas

Prosecution

Alex accepts instructions to prosecute on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service and Probation Service.

Defence

Alex has a busy defence practice acting on behalf of individuals and companies charged with a range of offences in the Crown Court, magistrates’ courts, and youth courts.

Notable defence cases


R v LS

LS was charged with an attempted dwelling burglary. The court acceded to a submission of no case to answer after cross-examination of the witnesses drew out inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case.


R v BB

BB was charged with possessing a bladed article in a public place. Full admissions were made in interview. A successful submission of no case to answer was made on the basis that there was insufficient evidence that BB had the knife ‘with him’ for the purpose of the applicable statute.


R v JGM

JGM was charged with resisting a constable in the execution of his duty and did not attend his trial. Following a successful application to exclude JGM’s police interview under section 78 of PACE, the court was persuaded that there was no case to answer on the basis of there being insufficient evidence that the constable exercised his powers lawfully and thus was acting in the execution of his duty.


R v SS

SS was charged with assaulting an emergency worker and refused to leave his cell to attend his trial. The court was persuaded in SS’s absence that there was no case to answer on the basis that the acts of another officer amounted to an intervening act.


R v SQ

SQ was charged with assault by beating during a protest march and did not attend his trial. There was mobile phone footage capturing the entire incident. Alex made a successful application to admit non-defendant bad character, and a subsequent successful submission of no case to answer following concessions made by prosecution witnesses in cross-examination.


R v LH

LH was charged with stalking his ex-partner over a period of 20 months. Alex made a successful submission of no case to answer on the basis that, following concessions made by the witnesses, there was insufficient evidence to prove that the course of conduct pursued amounted to stalking.


R v HS

HS pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent at his first appearance. The offence involved a group attack in which multiple facial lacerations were caused. The magistrates’ court was persuaded to retain jurisdiction and impose a suspended sentence order with no requirements.


Fraud

Alex has a particular interest in fraud and financial crime having gained experience in these areas during his pupillage. Alex’s experience also stems from his previous work at Corker Binning where he assisted with several SFO, FCA, and HMRC investigations.

Alex has written case reports for the Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime and the Criminal Law Review on topics including corporate criminal liability, Unexplained Wealth Orders, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, and SFO investigatory powers. He also provided legal research for the latest edition of Insider Dealing: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Notable fraud cases


R v AGW

Alex is currently instructed in a £50,000 investment fraud in the Crown Court.


R v MP

MP was charged with fraud by false representation. The Crown offered no evidence after issues relating to the provenance and continuity of CCTV evidence were highlighted.


Confiscation

Alex has appeared at several stages of confiscation proceedings. His experience of the confiscation regime is supplemented by his work contributing to the reform of Part 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 at the Law Commission of England and Wales.

Notable confiscation cases


London Borough of X v X Ltd

Alex drafted written advice and appeared on behalf of a company against whom confiscation was sought following guilty pleas to numerous environmental offences.


R v VP

Alex represented VP during confiscation proceedings following his conviction for several fraud offences which featured losses totalling £440,000. The benefit figure determined was considerably below the alleged value of the fraud offences. The criminal lifestyle provisions were not applied.


Road Traffic

Alex has experience representing individuals in all manner of road traffic offences, including those which feature technical arguments and expert evidence. Alex’s clients have included sport stars and high net-worth individuals.

Notable road traffic cases


R v RH

RH was charged with driving whilst unfit. The court was persuaded that there was no case to answer after cross-examination of the healthcare professional drew out shortcomings in the Field Impairment Test.


R v EO

Exceptional hardship was successfully argued on behalf of EO, a sports coach who required his car to travel to work.


R v JM

Exceptional hardship was successfully argued on behalf on JM, an entrepreneur who required his car to visit clients.


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