Alastair Malcolm QC


Alastair Malcolm’s practice covers every aspect of serious crime, from murder to fraud via serious sexual offences and armed robberies. For 9 years was junior standing counsel for the Inland Revenue on the Western Circuit appearing in cases which involved the whole range of Revenue Offences from the simple misuse of “lump” exemption certificates to complicated tax evasion schemes. He was part of the prosecuting team in the Revenue case against Swindon Town Football Club.

In 2004/2005 successfully defended the first defendant in the US$350 million Cash-4-Titles money laundering case in the Cayman Islands.

He has been involved at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in numerous confiscation and proceeds of crime cases.

He is experienced in Financial Regulatory and Money Authority cases.

In 2004 he appeared in a case of which it was said was the largest inland seizure of Cocaine in the UK.

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  • Called to the Bar 1971
  • Queen’s Counsel 1996
  • Qualified for Public Access

Associations and memberships

Professional Associations

  • Member of Inner Temple
  • Western Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association


  • Temporary member of the Cayman Bar every year since 2000
  • Recorder 1989
  • Assistant Recorder 1986
  • Standing Counsel to the Inland Revenue 1987-1996
  • SFO Approved Counsel list 2009 onwards

Notable cases

He has particular expertise in cases of ‘white collar’ fraud, voice identification (R v Hersey) and jurisdiction (R v Manning).

In 2007 he appeared in the case of R v Rogers in the House of Lords (Racially aggravated crime) and successfully resisted a prosecution terminating appeal in the Court of Appeal (R v L).

In 2011 he was engaged in a highly publicised murder trial and subsequent (successful) appeal in the Cayman Islands – see links below for press reports.

1. Cayman27

2. Cayman27

R v Hunt, Exeter Crown Court: Successful defence of man charged with “baby shaking” murder.

1. BBC

2. ITV

R v Harold, Truro Crown Court: Successful defence of a nightclub doorman charged with murder.

1. BBC

2. Daily Mail

R v M, Cambridge Crown Court. Successful defence of teenage defendant charged with murder. Leading Claire Matthews

1. ITV

R v Moynihan, Winchester Crown Court. Teenage defendant charged with murder, leading Robert Bryan.

1. BBC

Directory recommendations

Chambers & Partners have quoted – "He's a lovely man with a good reputation in this area".
See below for this and previous years comments:


Legal 500 recommends Alastair, stating "He has expertise in high-profile homicide cases and white-collar fraud matters".


"Rated individual".


"Offers vast experience in a wide array of serious criminal matters, with a wealth of knowledge in handling cases of murder, fraud, robbery and serious sexual offences". "A steady pair of hands". "Highly recommended for serious crime matters".


“Has a broad practice covering the full range of serious criminal cases, including fraud, financial crime, homicides, serious sexual offences and armed robberies.”


“Alastair Malcolm QC covers all areas of serious crime and is commended by all sources for the strength of his practice. Recent cases include R v Lakatos, in which he acted for the prosecution in a murder case involving questions of intention, diminished responsibility and provocation”


“Alastair Malcolm QC is admitted to practice at the Bar of the Cayman Islands as well as in England and Wales. He is a specialist in serious crime and recently acted in the murder prosecution of R v Waite”


“Has of late acted for the prosecution in a high-profile case regarding foster parents who sexually abused a child in their care”


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