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Alistair MacDonald QC

“If you want a real leader on the case, then look no further; he really is that good”Legal 500 2015

Call 1983    Silk 2000

Practice Profile

All serious crime including murder and serious drugs offences including industrial scale importations.

Particular interest in criminal offences involving complex medical or scientific issues.  Infant deaths and complex arson cases are regularly conducted.

Regulatory crime and fraud.

I am happy to accept instructions electronically and have substantial experience of electronic presentation of the evidence.

I am committed to developing innovative ways of presenting evidence, particularly so as to render material more user friendly for the jury.  I have worked with police and private audio-visual units so as to produce hard hitting and effective ways of making evidence stick in the minds of the jury.


  • 2015 - Chairman of the Bar Council
  • 2014 - Vice Chairman of the Bar Council
  • 2012 - Leader of the North-Eastern Circuit
  • 2011 - Joint Head of Chambers, 16 Park Place, Leeds
  • 2008 - Serious Fraud Office Panel
  • 2007 - 2012 - Director of Continuing Education North-Eastern Circuit
  • 2007 - Master of the Bench Gray’s Inn
  • 2000 - Queens' Counsel

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