Details of practice

Ailsa specialises in criminal work, police disciplinary cases, licensing and regulatory law.

Criminal work:

  • Prosecution and Defence work
  • Murder, serious violence, large scale conspiracies to import and supply drugs and subsequent confiscation hearings, high value robberies, rape cases and trials involving other sexual offences
  • Experienced in questioning young and vulnerable witnesses
  • Indecent images and associated computer expert evidence
  • Money laundering / mortgage fraud / tax fraud
  • Courts Martial defence work
  • CPS Advocates Panel:  Level 3
  • Member of the CPS Rape Specialist Advocates List
  • Member of the Serious Crime Group and Fraud Specialist Advocate Panels
  • Regularly instructed in judicial review proceedings connected to criminal cases
  • Advises on applications for Production Orders and Search Warrants

Police work:

  • Regularly represents police officers in both criminal trials and disciplinary hearings
  • Recent acquittals representing officers tried in the Crown Court for sexual allegations and allegations of unlawful force being used
  • Appeals to Police Appeals Tribunal

Licensing and regulatory law:

  • Health & Safety cases
  • Fire Authority prosecutions
  • Appears before licensing committees and on appeal as well as advising on a wide range of licensing matters
  • Considerable experience in Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licensing cases

Education/professional qualifications

MA (Cantab) – History
Dip. Law (City)
Called to the Bar 1997

Professional memberships

Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Fraud Lawyers Association

Other information

Member of the CBA Working Party on the draft Corruption Bill (2003)

Founding member of the Cayman Islands Criminal Defence Bar Association (CICDBA) (2007)

Drafted the CICDBA response to the Firearms (Amendment) Bill 2007

From 2006-2008 Ailsa was employed as a Defence Attorney by Stuarts Walker Hersant in the Cayman Islands and regularly appeared before the Summary Court, Grand Court and Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.  She also prepared cases for appeal to the Privy Council.

Direct access

Ailsa 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 her.  In addition, she 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.