Alisdair Smith

Alisdair Smith

Expertise in criminal cases, particularly in respect
of allegations of serious sexual offences.




LLB(Hons) – UCL


South Eastern Circuit, CBA
Grade 4 (including Rape and Serious Sexual Offences) Approved Counsel to the CPS – London and South Eastern Circuit

Overview of Practice

Alisdair Smith is a highly experienced advocate in all areas of crime especially serious sexual offences (including multi-complainant cases), murder and serious violence, serious drug offences, money laundering, proceeds of crime and fraud including as leading junior counsel and in multi-defendant cases. He has been involved in many cases involving vulnerable adults and children both prosecuting and defending. He has extensive experience relating to obtaining and considering third party disclosure and issues relating to public interest immunity both in sexual offences and other serious crime.

Alisdair’s work has included defending in large scale drug dealing/importation and fraud both as leading junior and junior counsel. He has appeared regularly for the prosecution against leading counsel.

Alisdair regularly advises on charging decisions in allegations of serious sexual offending. He also conducts local authority prosecutions in regulatory fields and as well as appellate proceedings.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defence and Prosecution

Alisdair has conducted fraud cases both for the prosecution and defence.

Alisdair has represented the Prosecution and Defence in significant confiscation cases, including for outside authorities including the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and local authorities. He is experienced in dealing with confiscation proceedings out of regulatory prosecutions.

Alisdair has dealt with local authority prosecutions dealing with business regulation and has defended in cases involving infringement of pesticide regulations

Notable/Recent Cases

R v. G (x 3) – False imprisonment within the family over issue of forced marriage. Complainant “hostile” to prosecution [May 17]

R v. LMF – Sexual assault and voyeurism by Police Officer on a woman befriended on dating web site [Mar. 17]

R v. MD – Historic sexual abuse of sister by then teenage boy – issue of whether the prosecution should be stayed in the light of MD’s caution at the time of the offences [Feb. 17]

R v. RB – Historic child sexual abuse of daughter dating back to the 1970’s [Dec. 16]

R v. DT – Allegations of sexual assaults on a teenage boy. Issues over the admissibility of previous acquittal [Nov. 16]

R v. ZD – Threats by young man to psychiatrists that he was going to carry out a massacre of school children. Significant history of planning and issues as to whether the psychiatrists “consented” to the threats being made.

R v. AO – Further trial for historic sexual abuse of his child family member [see also April 12]

R v. CN – Multiple complainant historic child abuse by care worker in local authority children’s homes

R v. CM – Historic child sexual abuse, some offences allegedly happening abroad, one now adult complainant living in America. Issues as to evidence obtained in USA. [June 16]

R v. PD – Further case of historic child abuse against defendant care worker in a local authority children’s home in the early 1980’s [May 16 – see also June 15]

R v. IH – Cruelty by mother deliberately burning her young children [Apr, 16]

R v. JC – Rape of air stewardess by 65 year old businessman who laced her drink with “MDMA” [Nov. 15]

R v. TR – Historic sexual abuse of daughter by Detective Chief Superintendent of Regional Crime Squad [Nov. 15]

R v. BS – Historic and recent child sexual abuse within the family with significant bad character issues arising out of earlier failures to prosecute. One particular young and vulnerable complainant [Aug. 15]

R v. PD – Historic child sexual abuse in local authority children’s home by care worker in the 1970’s with significant bad character issues from previous trial in the 1990’s [June 15]

R v. SK – Multiple complaint historic sexual allegations in Sri Lankan family

R v. LA – Theft and Fraud by Care Worker against vulnerable adults with autism, proved by reference to individual accounting records as all lacked financial capacity [Apr. 15]

R v. KG and Ors. – Kidnap, False Imprisonment, s18 and firearms [Jan. 15]

R v. RC – Theft and money laundering by solicitor [Dec. 14]

R v. SM – Allegations of sexual abuse against foster child by foster parent against background of dispute between foster parents and natural mother of children. Very vulnerable complainant. [Nov. 14]

R v. AS – Money Laundering and Fraud [June 14]

R v. RG – S. 18 – Biting ear of Police Officer [May 14]

R v. DK – Historic sexual abuse going back to the 1970’s [March 13]

R v. B O’S – Fraud and Perverting the Course of Justice arising from forged documents submitted in the course of confiscation proceedings, subsequently contested confiscation proceedings and appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking leave to call fresh evidence [Jan. 13]

R v. AW – Allegation of racially aggravated assault on a nurse by mother of very elderly parent suffering from dementia against leading counsel for the defendant [Jan. 13]

R v. JJ – Solicitor in possession of indecent images of children [July 12]

R v. EW & DW – Historic family child sexual abuse involving issues of abuse of process relating to the age of the Defendants at the time of the offence and whether or not they could rely on “doli incapax” [July 12]

R v. AO – Multiple complainant sexual abuse within the home (see also Sept. 17) [Apr. 12]

R v. CG – Multiple complainant child sexual abuse amongst Colombian community in London [Jan. 12]

R v. PB – Defendant accused of blinding domestic partner and then on subsequent occasions raping her in a relationship with long history of domestic violence. Extremely vulnerable complainant [Nov. 11]

R v. LC – Single punch manslaughter [Sept. 11]

R v. SI & Ors. – Multiple Defendant “smash and grab” raid foiled by “Supergran” [May 11]

R v. PT – Multiple victim historic rape and sexual abuse [Apr. 11]

R v. SP – Multiple allegations of arson – Prosecution counsel. “Abuse of Process” issues relating to Judge stopping earlier trial because of allegations of incompetence by earlier counsel. Defended by Leading Counsel at trial and in Court of Appeal [Mar. 11]

R v. SJ – Junior prosecution counsel in domestic murder [Jan. 11]

R v. CP – Rape – issues over admissibility of multiple previous acquittals for serious sexual offences [Dec. 10]

R v. PM – Historic sexual offences against very young child involving issue of admission of previous acquittal [Dec. 10]

R v. HC – Leading junior counsel in prosecution of foster father for multi victim historic and current sexual and physical assaults (including rape of 5 year old) where the social services involvement was subject to Serious Case Review. [March 10]

R v. L & Ors – Complex multi-defendant historic family sexual abuse case (as leading junior for the defence).

R v. M – Defence counsel in fraud arising from breach of pesticide regulations.

R v. MT – First prosecution of domestic trafficking for exploitation.

R v. O’N – Prosecution of mother for attempting to poison infant children.

R v. A & Ors – Junior prosecution counsel in five defendant murder.