Alisdair Williamson practises in serious crime in which he is recognised as one of the foremost juniors. He is well known as specialist counsel in rape and other difficult and complex sexual offences.
He primarily defends, often as leading junior, and is recognised for his expertise in both financial crime and homicide. He also practises in professional disciplinary tribunals, inquests and licensing.
Williamson has extensive experience in fraud, having defended as leading junior in a variety of VAT, missing trader, income tax and regulatory frauds. His background degree in economics enables him to master the financial details and nuances. Solicitors and lay clients value his approachable style and analytic ability.
He has an enviable record in representing police officers in disciplinary hearings and before the Crown Courts and he well understands the unique pressures of these situations for his client.
Williamson has a successful appellate practice in both the Court of Appeal, where he is asked to take over cases in which he was not previously instructed, and in the form of judicial review.
He is ranked as a leading crime junior in Chambers UK and was recently elected a member of the South Eastern Circuit Committee. He is also a member of the Executive Committee.
Williamson undertakes work for the Bar Council Pro Bono Unit, is a supervisor for The Innocence Project and carries out pro bono Privy Council work.
In licensing, he acts for operators and residents at all levels, as well as acting for doctors before the disciplinary panels of the GMC.
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