Alexander Cameron  QC

Alexander Cameron QC

Call: 1986 QC: 2003
3 Raymond Buildings
Gray's Inn
London WC1R 5BH
+44 (0)20 7400 6400

Details of practice

A leading practitioner and trial lawyer, practising in crime, commercial crime, fraud, inquests, professional disciplinary tribunals, health and safety, extradition, licensing and betting.

He has advised and continues to advise in relation to criminal and quasi-criminal matters both nationally and internationally.  This has included, among other things, advice on carbon trading, extradition, bribery, corruption, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, match fixing, price fixing cartels and computer misuse.

Crime Silk of the Year – Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2007

Directory recommendations

‘Highly sought after to handle serious criminal matters, including high profile murder trials.’  ‘A first-choice Silk for all manner of cases’. ‘He is intelligent and has a commanding and persuasive courtroom manner.’ ‘He is a great jury advocate and a wonderful speech-maker.’ Chambers UK 2015: Crime

‘He really is first-class.  He is an absolute pleasure to deal with, extraordinarily hard-working and really collaborative working with the solicitor team right from the start.  Clients think he is absolutely fantastic.’ ‘He is fantastically good, respected by judges, really compelling, has a persuasive style of advocacy and is fluent in his written work’ ‘One of the top people at the Bar’Chambers UK 2015: Financial Crime

‘One of the best at the Bar, judges have great confidence in him’ The Legal 500 2014: Crime

‘Thorough, extremely hardworking and charming.’ The Legal 500 2014: Fraud

‘He is an excellent jury advocate and judges have great confidence in him’  The Legal 500 2014: Business & Regulatory Crime

“The ‘terrific’ Alexander Cameron QC is head of chambers and a ‘master of criminal law’, who especially excels at intricate fraud and bribery and corruption matters. Clients rave about his “spot-on judgement, high-level of client service and incredible commitment to cases”.  Who’s Who Legal 2014

“Sources enthuse about his commanding court presence and creative advocacy style”.  “He is very bright, very approachable and incredibly smooth.”  “He is an effective advocate who is very good with clients.”  Chambers UK 2014:  Crime

“A leading silk in the fields of fraud and corruption, whom instructing solicitors prize due to his strong work ethic, pragmatism and formidable advocacy skills.”  “One of the best regulatory and criminal silks around.  He’s very polished, utterly charming and extremely hard-working.”  “The ultimate jury advocate.”  Chambers UK 2014:   Fraud

Alexander Cameron QC has a ‘prolific practice’ with a focus on high-profile criminal trials, and displays ‘superb tactical judgement and advocacy’’  The Legal 500 2013:  Crime

‘superb’ tactical judgement and advocacy skills
The Legal 500 2013:  Fraud

“... recognised as one of the market's leading criminal silks. Market sources speak of his ‘smooth and unruffled manner’ and deem him "a fantastic advocate who is riding on the crest of a wave at the moment."  Chambers UK 2012:  Crime

“The ‘fantastic’ Alexander Cameron QC is currently head of the set.  He is a top choice for many, as not only is he exceptionally talented but ‘his drive and energy are second to none ...’”
Chambers UK 2012:  Fraud Criminal

“Very strong”  The Legal 500 2011:  Crime

“A man for the big occasion, Alexander Cameron QC is a ‘phenomenon’ who took silk while still in his thirties and has followed it up with a series of virtuoso performances in the courtroom.  His mastery of intricate fraud cases, his enthralling advocacy skills and his delightful bedside manner combine to make him favourite amongst clients ... epitome of the modern bar” Chambers UK 2011 Fraud Criminal

“New Head of Chambers Alexander Cameron QC is widely praised for being ‘hardworking and very solid in his approach’”
Chambers UK 2011:  Crime

“‘Classy’. A man who smoothes things along nicely, he is ‘great to work with’.” Chambers UK 2010:  Crime

“Apart from being ‘excellent on technical points’ he earns client praise for his ‘very detailed approach to a brief and very down to earth manner’.”  Chambers UK 2010:  Fraud Criminal

“Alexander Cameron QC ‘has really burst into the front ranks of the best silks in the past few years’.  ‘Universally loved by clients’, he ‘has a gravitas that comes from having handled the highest level of cases for many years’.  He recently acted for the only defendant to be acquitted of the Securitas robbery, once again displaying his ‘incisiveness and terrific judgment’.”  Chambers UK 2009: Crime

“Sources say that Alexander Cameron QC is an ‘incisive and hardworking barrister with terrific judgment’.  He defended in R v Clark, one of the largest SFO prosecutions for conspiracy to defraud to date”
Chambers UK 2009:  Fraud:  Criminal

“Alex Cameron QC is ‘a highly regarded leader’, ‘well placed for civil/criminal crossover’.”  The Legal 500 2009:  Fraud

Education/professional qualifications

LLB Hons, Bristol
Called 1986
Queen’s Counsel 2003


Chapter on Insider Dealing and Market Abuse in the OUP loose leaf ‘Fraud’ publication.


Head of Chambers from 1 March 2010

Other information

Criminal Bar Association
International Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Direct access

Alexander Cameron QC is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme. 

 For further information please contact our Clerks.

Notable cases

VS 2014
(Maidstone Crown Court)
Defending CEO in a joint CPS/HMRC revenue fraud prosecution

Operation Cotton 2014
(Southwark Crown Court & Court of Appeal Criminal Division)
Appeared pro bono for the involuntarily unrepresented defendants in this FCA prosecution. The stay granted in the Crown Court was overturned in the Court of Appeal

A&O 2014
(Southwark Crown Court)
Represented two partners at Allen and Overy concerning events which took place in the run up to a large SFO corruption trial

Nicholas Kutner 2013
(Central Criminal Court)
Murder (acquitted) and perverting course of justice (convicted) – NK was charged with Rakesh Bhayani (convicted) for murder and body disposal of Libyan oil executive

GC 2013
(Blackfriars Crown Court)
Theft (acquitted) – scrap metal dealers alleged to have stolen large quantities of rail track

AN 2012
(Central Criminal Court)
Money laundering (acquitted) – proceeds of gold bullion stolen in Belgium

CW 2012
(Southwark Crown Court)
Insider Dealing (acquitted) – German banker dealt through two different girlfriends, one of whom was CW

BL 2012
(Southwark Crown Court)
Corruption (acquitted) – UK Chairman accused of conspiring to corrupt the Governor of the Central Bank of Vietnam

Hans Kristian Rausing 2012
Isleworth Crown Court
Represented Hans Kristian Rausing following the death of his wife, Eva, in both the criminal proceedings and inquest

ET 2012
(Croydon Crown Court)
Fraud (acquitted) - multi-million Euro fraud on Shell by oil trader

MS 2011
(Maidstone Crown Court)
Murder (acquitted) - revenge assault on vulnerable victim

PW 2011
(Wolverhampton Crown Court)
Multi-million pound metal recycling fraud (acquitted)

BA 2011
(Wood Green Crown Court)
Kidnap, drugs, guns, money laundering (acquitted)

BW 2011
(Central Criminal Court)
Murder (acquitted) – drug trade related

Asif 2011
(ICC Qatar)
Pakistan fast bowler disciplinary proceedings (proved)

SB 2010
(Maidstone Crown Court)
Murder (acquitted) – of partner in street

Jupp 2010
(Southend-on-Sea Crown Court)
4 week high security Inquest into death of MoD scientist

Napoli 2010
(Southwark Crown Court)
US citizen alleged to have taken deposits when unauthorised (convicted) and laundered proceeds (acquitted)

Uberoi 2009
(Southwark Crown Court)
Insider dealing – dentist (convicted)

GL 2009
(St Albans Crown Court)
Murder (acquitted) – alleged contract killing

Pharmaceuticals/JC 2008
(Southwark Crown Court)
Cartel prosecuted a conspiracy to defraud (acquitted)

Dunlop Hose and Marine/David Brammar 2008
(Southwark Crown Court)
International cartel (guilty plea)

Securitas/JF 2007
(Central Criminal Court)
UK's largest bank robbery (acquitted)

Gareth Bailey/AIT 2007
(Southwark Crown Court)
FSA prosecuted Market Abuse: making a misleading statement knowingly (acquitted) or recklessly (convicted)

CA 2005
(Central Criminal Court)
Murder (acquitted) – drug-related killing

Carl Cushnie/Versailles 2003
(Southwark Crown Court)
Ponzi fraud - Overall conspiracy to defraud (acquitted) and limited conspiracy to defraud (convicted)

As a junior barrister

Peter Young/Morgan Grenfell
Rogue Trader fraud

Gerald Ronson/Guinness appeal
Share support operation/Art 6 ECHR

Lord Archer
Perjury & Perverting Course of Justice

Senator Pinochet

Jonathan Aitken
Perjury & Perverting Course of Justice

G/American Soya Bean Assoc
Extradition to USA prevented