Alex Greenwood Llb (Hons)

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Call: 2002 Gray’s Inn

Solicitors’ Roll : 1996

 

Practice Areas

Specialises in regulatory prosecutions including all aspects of trading standards work,  trademark  offences,  ,  copyright offences,  environmental law,  environmental health,  health and safety at work and animal welfare cases.

Proceeds of Crime.

White-collar fraud, disciplinary tribunals, Coroner's Court proceedings.

General criminal prosecution and defence.

Inquiries.

Licensing.

 

Overview

Alex specialises in regulatory prosecutions and general criminal defence and prosecution work.  He has represented local authorities and other regulatory bodies in England and Wales.

 

In the 2006 Inquiry by Sir Hugh Pennington into the outbreak of E-coli0157 in the South Wales valleys Alex led the team representing a local authority “Core Participant”  in the first Public Inquiry ordered by the Welsh Assembly Government and the first Inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005.

 

Alex has prosecuted on behalf of the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, WIMLU (Welsh Illegal Money Lending Unit), BPI (British Recorded Music Industry), FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) the latter two bodies in partnership with relevant local authorities.

 

Prior to being called to the Bar Alex was a Solicitor.

 

The Legal 500 has recognised Alex as a “robust advocate” recommended for trademark offences.
 

Regulatory Offences

Alex regularly prosecutes all aspects of work undertaken by local authorities throughout England and Wales and provides ongoing training and support through regular seminars and workshops.  He produces the “Enforcement Update” commenting on recent developments in the regulatory field (www.enforcementupdate.com).

 

Recent instructions include

 

Cornwall CC v Co-Operative Group Ltd. (2017) Truro CC

Prosecuted the Co-op following the death of a pensioner who slipped on water from a leaking fridge unit.  A seemingly innocuous slip resulted in death.  Offence charged under section 3 HSWA 1974.  Leading Counsel for the defence.

 

Natural Resources Wales v Thorncroft Recycling Ltd. and others (2017) CCC

Multiple corporate defendants and Director and officer prosecutions for breaching terms of a waste permit.  Ongoing proceeds of crime proceedings in excess of £2.5 million sought.

 

Buckingham and Surrey County Council v Booker (2017) Aylesbury CC

Prosecuted money launderer who alleged that in excess of £400K passing through his account were legitimate and received from a man he once worked with but for whom he could not provide contact details.  The proceeds formed part of almost £1 million taken by doorstep criminals from an elderly couple.  Proceeds of crime proceedings followed to recover the loss.

 

HSE v Linde Heavy truck Division Ltd. (2015) MTCC

Prosecuted major local employer on behalf of the HSE for protracted failures in the provision of adequate safety equipment relating to vibration equipment in the workplace.  A multinational defendant company and multiple vicitims of protracted failings over many years.

 

Cornwall CC v Carter (2015) Truro CC

Prosecuted local art dealer for the fraudulent description of works of art.  Defendant purchased works by local Cornish artist Alfred Wallis for hundreds and advertised them for tens of thousands of pounds as genuine despite the absence of provenance.  Expert evidence and scientific analysis of the age of the works relied upon including Bonhams New York and London.  Attracted national media attention.

 

Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council v Barry Sports and Leisure Company Limited (2014):

Prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work etc.. Act 1974 in relation to the death of a guest of the club who fell over an unlit low wall due to failures in the club’s safety system.

 

Cardiff County Council v Ridsdale (2011):

Prosecution of former Managing Director of Cardiff City Football Club Peter Ridsdale in relation to a “Golden Ticket” offer to fans that they would receive their money back if the team was promoted.

 

Caerphilly County Borough Council v Jeff White Motors (2005) EWCA Crim 3003

Appeal as to the admissibility of “relevant evidence” in a local authority prosecution of a company selling used cars.

 

Other areas

Alex regularly appears in the Court of Appeal.  Some notable cases include:

 

R v Chloe Thomas 2016 (EWCA) Crim 2108

Attorney General Reference of  child cruelty sentence for the mother of an 18 month child murdered by her boyfriend and co-defendant.  Represented the defendant in the absence of Leading Counsel.  Leading Treasury Counsel instructed for the Crown.

 

Att Gen ref 84 0f 2014 EWCA (R v Michael Pearce)

Attorney General Reference of a sentence of 9 years for the Manslaughter of a 6 weeks old baby in the South Wales Area.  Represented the defendant after trial at the sentencing hearing and reference.  Leading Treasury Counsel instructed for the Crown.

A highly publicised case which gained the attention of the national media and was one of the first televised hearings from the Court of Appeal.

 

R v Cairns (2013) 2 Cr App R (S) 73 CA (see Archbold 2017 5-111)

Lead authority on the importance of judicial adherence to basis of pleas when sentencing.  Multiple defendants in combined appeal.  Other defendants and prosecution represented by Leading Counsel.

 

R v Miller (2011) 1 Cr App R (S) 2 (see Archbold 2014 21-110)

Lead authority cited in relation to the manner in which domestic Burglary offences are pleaded on the indictment.

 

Alex regularly prosecutes and defends all aspects of general criminal work including large scale drugs operations, historic sexual offences and Murder.  Last year alone he was instructed as Junior Counsel in three Murder trials and has specialist expertise in relation to cases involving what was formerly known as “shaken baby syndrome” as required by R v Oyediran (2010) EWCA 1269.

 

Other

CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor since 2012 and appointed to the Director of Public Prosecutions Advocates list and Rape panel for the Wales.

 

Pupil master

 

Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency Specialist Regulatory Advocates’ list since 2012.

 

2008-2013 Member of Wales and Chester Management Committee.