Chairman of the Bar in 2016, Alistair MacDonald QC has been listed by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a Leader of the Bar for several years.
He has a wide ranging practice covering all criminal activity including cases involving serious fraud, murder and serious drugs offences including industrial scale importations. He has particular interest in criminal offences involving complex medical or scientific issues, Infant deaths and complex arson cases are regularly conducted.
Recent Fraud Cases include:
R-v-RD - Carlisle Crown Court
Defended company director on charges of multi-million pound fraudulent trading in relation to his car hire business. Case into fifth week when trial had to be aborted because of illness of the defendant. Intensely complex case involving minute detail of hire purchase transactions in London and the North-West.
R-v-PSK - Central Criminal Court
The defendant was bank employee alleged to have been insider assisting other defendant to commit large-scale fraud on bank. The defendant acquitted. Co-accused convicted.
R-v-Mirzabegi - Leeds Crown Court
Prosecuted £2.5m fraud on VOSA. 28,000 MOT certificates were issued fraudulently. Became involved in case after irregularities at first trial. Defendants convicted.
R-v-M - Leeds Crown Court
Company director and his accountant charged with revenue fraud. Substantial issues between defendants and interpretation of taxation legislation. Defendant acquitted whereas accountant convicted.
"He is able to get to the crux of a case extremely quickly and instils confidence in clients like few others. He is an exceptionally brilliant advocate who is loved by juries and judges alike". Chambers UK 2016
"He is a class act in every way." Legal 500 2016
"Well established in the market, he has a stellar reputation for his deft handling of serious crime cases." Chambers UK 2017
“If you want a real leader on the case, then look no further; he really is that good”. Legal 500 2015
‘A very accomplished advocate.’ Legal 500 2017