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OVERVIEW

Call: 2002

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.

NOTABLE CASES

 

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.

Alexander Greenwood

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

APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS

CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor since 2012

Appointed to the Director of Public

Prosecutions Advocates list and Rape panel for Wales

Pupil master

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

Member of Wales and Chester Management Committee 2007-2012

For any enquiries, please contact the clerking team:

Email: clerks@apexchambers.net

Phone: 02920 2023 2032