Solicitors’ Roll : 1996
Alex is a former solicitor who specialises in local authority prosecutions and all aspects of regulatory and criminal work. He has particular expertise in confiscation proceedings, particularly involving corporate defendants.
Alex prosecutes on behalf of local authorities throughout Wales and England. Alex has worked closely in conjunction with the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), British Recorded Music Industry (BPI); Welsh Illegal Money Laundering Unit, National Trading Standards, Tarian and Natural Resources Wales.
Alex has also prosecuted fatalities under HSWA and regularly appears before the Court of Appeal.
He also has vast experience in general crime, including many Murder cases, with particular expertise in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (“shaken baby”) cases (See Attorney General’s ref 84 of 2008 R v Pearce).
The Legal 500 has recognised Alex as a “robust advocate” recommended for trademark offences.
Alex regularly lectures and provides practical workshops on all aspects of regulatory work to LA’s, Scambusters, NRW, CTSI, Offsted and other prosecuting agencies.
Alex was recently invited to give the closing seminar “POCA/Poker” at the CTSI South West 2019 annual conference, Plymouth and has recently contributed towards the new edition of the Pink Book.
R v Whitehead and others Truro CC 2019
Prosecuted against Leading Counsel a conspiracy involving the largest haul of counterfeit goods seized by Cornwall County Council. Local postmaster operated an unlawful internet business worth millions of pounds importing car badges and other goods from China. Defendant and his co-conspirator operated from a warehouse and involved third parties to launder profits and avoid detection. POCA in excess of £2M.
NRW v Bayliss and others CCC 2018
Complex POCA hearing for environmental offences involving setting aside the corporate veil.
Defendant was company Director, 3 defendant companies prosecuted.
Prosecution sought in excess of £2M benefit.
R v Mundy CA (2018) EWCA Crim 105
Police undertook internet searches to establish that the defendant’s home had increased in it’s equitable value. Defendant working legitimately for years and there was no suggestion the monies were the proceeds of crime. Section 22 POCA applied. The prosecution appealed the ruling that the application was unjust.
Held: lawful for the prosecution to appeal such a ruling but upheld the judge’s decision.
Cornwall County Council v Cooperative Group Limited, Truro CC 2017
Prosecuted multinational corporation following the death of a customer who slipped on water left in an aisle as a result of a broken freezer. Prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act against Leading Counsel resulted in a significant fine.
Sir Hugh Pennington’s Inquiry into the e-coli 0.157 outbreak in South Wales, Welsh Assembly 2008
Headed the legal team over a 9 month period and conducted all advocacy at 2 months of oral hearings as Counsel for local authority core participant at the Inquiry into the second largest U.K. outbreak of e-coli 157 in 2005.
Caerphilly County Borough Council v Jeff White Motors Ltd. (2005) EWCA Crim 3003
Decision on the scope of admissible evidence in a local authority prosecution of a large South Wales based used motor vehicle dealership.
Alex is a contributing editor to 'Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice' (the "Pink Book" 2020 onwards). With particular responsibility for the Intellectual Property and Health and Safety chapters. He is also a member of the Precedents Committee for the upcoming 2021 edition.
"CPRs vs. the Fraud Act", The Journal of Trading Standards, 5 February 2021
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
Coroner's Court proceedings
General criminal prosecution and defence
APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS
CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor since 2012
Appointed to the Director of Public
Prosecutions Advocates list and Rape panel for Wales
Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency Specialist Regulatory Advocates’ list since 2012
Member of Wales and Chester Management Committee 2007-2012