Alex Bailin QC

Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Alex is recommended by the legal directories as a leading Silk in eight areas, spanning both criminal and civil law. His core areas are (1) criminal fraud / financial crime (2) crime (3) human rights (4)public and administrative law (5) media law and (6) defamation and privacy; he also specialises in (7) public international law and (8) professional discipline.

Previously a derivatives trader in the City who read Mathematics at Cambridge University, Alex is instructed in a wide variety of commercial and business crime cases: corporate manslaughter, corruption, cartels, frauds of all kinds, insider dealing and other regulatory offences. He represents a wide range of bodies and persons: multinational corporations, private equity groups, banks, traders, directors, senior business executives, City firms, regulators, prosecuting authorities, professional bodies, foreign governments, editors, journalists and media organisations. He is sought after for his advice during the investigatory stages and for heavyweight trial work. He is on the Serious Fraud Office QC List. His general criminal work ranges from gross negligence manslaughter to interception of communications and official secrets. His practice frequently involves international and cross-borderissues e.g. multi-jurisdictional investigations, extradition, sanctions and Interpol Red Notices. He has experience of criminal cases from many diverse jurisdictions e.g. USA, Russia, France, Jersey, Iceland, Greece, the Middle East and a number of Caribbean countries. He is recommended as one the Best Fraud Lawyers in the UK in the Global Best Lawyers directory (2015).


He has a diverse human rights and public law practice: from commercial judicial reviews to test cases in Strasbourg. His clients range from wealthy private clients, major shareholders, multinational corporations and FTSE companies to media organisations, regulators, public authorities, NGOs and publicly-funded individuals. He has been instructed in more than 20 cases in the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Privy Council and European Court of Human Rights. He often works at the interface between criminal and public law.