Details of practice

Ailsa specialises in professional discipline cases, criminal work, inquests, and regulatory law.

Professional Discipline:

  • Regularly represents police officers at misconduct hearings in London and throughout the country.
  • Extensive experience of professional discipline hearings relating to a broad range of allegations such as inappropriate relationships, use of excessive force, discreditable conduct, and matters relating to honesty and integrity
  • Detailed knowledge of PACE, RIPA, Officer Safety Training and police operating procedures
  • Appeals to Police Appeals Tribunal
  • Represents Officers at judicial review proceedings arising from misconduct hearings
  • Represents police officers at Coroners’ Inquests and was recently junior counsel representing 11 police officers at the Olaseni Lewis Inquest which heard evidence relating to the death of a patient at the Bethlem Hospital who suffered from Acute Behavioural Disorder and was restrained by officers

Criminal work:

  • Predominantly Defence work and regularly instructed to represent Defendants facing serious sexual allegations
  • Frequently represents police officers charged with criminal allegations with recent acquittals representing officers tried in the Crown Court for sexual allegations and allegations of unlawful force
  • 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

Regulatory work:

  • 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

Directory Recommendations

“Clients like her very well-prepared approach.”  The Legal 500 2019:  Police Law

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.