Alistair Webster Q.C.

Call To The Bar: 1976

“He’s got a real range of expertise – he’s great on his feet, commands the courtroom but also very, very good with clients in sensitive situations. He’s always available and able to go over ideas. He’s a pleasure to work with and gets great results… Extremely able and committed, good in both written argument and advocacy.” – Chambers and Partners, 2018

“A highly experienced silk who excels in complex cases involving allegations of loan, tax and pension fraud, among other matters. He regularly represents the SFO in both fraud and proceeds of crime cases… He is very clever, very hard-working and he has very good judgement… A fantastic QC.’ – Chambers & Partners, 2017

OVERVIEW

The Legal 500, describes Alistair as a ‘tenacious, fearless and a highly skilled cross-examiner’, who is ‘able to very quickly break down complex cases for juries’.  Alistair is ranked by The Legal 500 as a leading silk in Crime and also noted that “his written work is of the very highest standard” and that Alistair “offers clear, responsive advice in the most complex situations.”

In Chambers and Partners’ Guide to the Bar, he is described as “an eloquent, courageous and highly strategic advocate with plenty of energy.” He is ranked in band 1 for Fraud. He is noted as a popular choice for instructing solicitors for his serious fraud defence work and is “an outstanding lawyer, who is an eloquent, brave and effective advocate and a first-class strategist and tactician.”

Alistair’s recognised excellence and client care across the spectrum of criminal and criminal related cases has made him an extremely popular choice for clients paying for the costs of their own advice and representation. As he is one of the country’s most experienced QCs, it is hardly surprising that his wealth of experience and record of success put him in demand.  Clients often ask for details of experience and success in various types of cases, so we have listed a number of areas, which makes clear how well equipped he truly is.

Alistair has regularly appeared in the biggest cases to come before the courts, ranging from income tax and VAT frauds to factoring frauds and corruption.  He is on the Serious Fraud Office’s panels for both fraud and proceeds of crime which makes him, we believe, unique outside London.  He has successfully represented, on a privately paying basis, solicitors and other professionals charged with offences as varied as fraud by abuse of trust and money laundering.  He has successfully challenged both restraint orders and search warrants in relation to cases involving the SFO and SOCA.

Alistair lectures on various aspects of fraud and regulatory work including competition law and bribery.