Alistair Webster Q.C.

Call To The Bar: 1976

“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.
Strengths: ‘He is very clever, very hard-working and he has very good judgement.” “A fantastic QC.’
Recent work: Acted as lead defence counsel in R v McClintock, a Northern Ireland High Court case concerning alleged fraud by false representation, related to real estate bank loans.” – Chambers & Partners, 2017


The Legal 500, 2015 describes Alistair as “an exceptional jury advocate, who is able to very quickly break down complex cases for juries”. And also in 2015, in which he is ranked as a leading Silk in crime, The Legal 500 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. The 2013 edition states that he is popular with 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.