Tracy Ayling QC

Year of Call: 1983  Silk: 2006  


Overview


Tracy Ayling is a highly regarded specialist criminal silk whose practice focuses on prosecuting and defending some of the most serious, and high profile, multi handed murder and sexual offence cases. She is also frequently instructed in Health and Safety and Criminal Negligence Manslaughter cases.

A specialist in matters of PII and Disclosure, she has co-authored the chapter on Disclosure in “Vulnerable Witness and the Criminal Justice System” (OUP). As a Special Advocate (appointed by the Attorney General) she is also experienced in cases concerning International Security. It was in this capacity she was instructed in the Terrorism Case, Operation Lanosity.

Between 2015 – 2017 she was Head of Advocacy Training at the Inner Temple. She is now Chair of the CBA Education and Training Committee.

Recent Prosecution cases include:

  • R v Padmanabha 2019. Mother convicted of Manslaughter and cruelty of her seven month old baby girl.
  • R v Blundell 2018. Shooting of John Pordage in Chelmsford.
  • R v B. 2018 Allegation that Headmaster of approved school caned boys in 19 complainant case.
  • R v Thurston and Thurston 2018. Two defendants who operated a bouncy castle which blew away, were convicted of Gross Negligence Manslaughter of a 7 year old girl.
  • Operation Director 2017. Conspiracy to Murder;
  • Operation Manila 2017. Aggravated Burglary where the victims had boiling water poured on them;

Defence cases include:

  • R v M 2018. Double murder. Defendant accused of stabbing 2 men in a flat. Acquitted in relation to one deceased.
  • Operation Bullfinch 2013. One of the first cases concerning a gang of Asian men committing child sex offences by grooming and abusing very young girls over a period of many years in Oxford  Also appeared in more recently linked cases of Operations Sabaton 2016 and Operation Silk 2018. Child sex offending, grooming, and human trafficking.
  • R v Maule Human trafficking case at Wood Green

Appeals


Cases

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

Confiscation


Cases

  • R v Jarvis: Largest confiscation on paper.

Murder & Manslaughter


Cases

  • R v O: Gang gun murder.
  • R v D: Gang knife murder.
  • R v U: Stabbing.
  • R v H: Drug related shooting.
  • R v M: Gang related stabbing by juvenile.
  • R v T: Stabbing.

Serious Sexual Offences


Cases

  • 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.

Prosecution


  • R v Padmanabha: Mother convicted of Manslaughter and cruelty of her seven month old baby girl.
  • R v Blundell 2018: Shooting of John Pordage in Chelmsford.
  • R v B. 2018: Allegation that Headmaster of approved school caned boys in 19 complainant case.
  • R v Thurston and Thurston 2018: Two defendants who operated a bouncy castle which blew away, were convicted of Gross Negligence Manslaughter of a 7 year old girl.
  • Operation Director 2017: Conspiracy to Murder;
  • Operation Manila 2017: Aggravated Burglary where the victims had boiling water poured on them;

Defence


  • R v M: Double murder. Defendant accused of stabbing two men in a flat. Acquitted in relation to one deceased.
  • Operation Bullfinch: One of the first cases concerning a gang of Asian men committing child sex offences by grooming and abusing very young girls over a period of many years in Oxford  Also appeared in more recently linked cases of Operations Sabaton 2016 and Operation Silk 2018. Child sex offending, grooming, and human trafficking.
  • R v Maule: Human trafficking case at Wood Green

Directory Quotes


  • “Unflappable under pressure, her judgement is always spot-on.” Legal 500 2018
  • “A pre-eminent silk, who undertakes the most serious criminal work”. Legal 500 2017
  • “Her advocacy is punchy, focused and succinct.” Legal 500 2016
  • “An amazing advocate in court.” Legal 500 2015

Publications


Chapter on Disclosure by Tracy Ayling QC in Vulnerable People and the Criminal Justice System by Penny Cooper, Heather Norton – Oxford University Press.

Memberships


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

Qualifications


  • Advocacy Trainer (Inner Temple)