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Alistair Polson

  • Call: 1989
Alistair Polson
Legal 500 UK Awards 2015: Winner


Called to the bar in 1989, Alistair is a criminal defence specialist with particular expertise in murder and sex offences. He is increasingly instructed as leading counsel. Alistair also has considerable experience of serious firearms matters, large scale drug importation and a busy and varied appellate practice. He also handles crime related judicial review and case stated matters.

The preferred choice of his instructing solicitors Alistair combines a down to earth manner with meticulous attention to detail. An impressive jury advocate and with a real flair for appellate work, Alistair is regularly selected for cases that need a determined and incisive approach.

Recent and on-going trial and appellate work includes false imprisonment, stabbings, arson with intent, murder conviction appeals, IPPs and minimum terms. He also deals with parole hearing, mainly lifer applications.

Recent Notable Cases

Court of Appeal

R v DT (2012)
Appeal against conviction of 14 year old boy accused of raping a three-year-old girl. Led by David Spens QC.

R v T (2012)
Appeal against conviction for murder.

R v W (2012)
Appeal against conviction and sentence for drug importation.

R v W (2010)
Appeal against whole-life tariff on gerontophile rapist and murderer.

R v D (AG Ref 2011)
Defending Reference presented by the Attorney General in person.

Numerous appeals against sentence.

Crown Court

R v P, Southwark Crown Court
Leading junior in passport fraud conspiracy.

R v Biryah, Luton Crown Court
Leading junior in £5m VAT fraud.

R v Lee, Aylesbury Crown Court
Rape and indecent assaults by father on all three of his children over an 18-year period. Minimum period successfully appealed.

R v Jane Wilson, Blackfriars Crown Court
Defendant stabbed complainant in the eye with a pen, requiring operation to remove nib. Defence: accident. Verdict: not guilty.

R v Rehman and others, Luton Crown Court
Murder trial led by David Spens QC.

R v Faulkner, Luton Crown Court
Causing death by dangerous driving, submission of no case to answer upheld by Judge.

R v Fiuza, Snaresbrook Crown Court
Importation of £1.2m worth of cocaine

R v Terence Tasker, Canterbury Crown Court
Cocaine importation. Legal argument concerning admissibility of the product of a bug in defendant’s car, placed by the Italian authorities, recording conversations in the Netherlands and UK. Led by David Spens QC.

R v Nevins and others, Bristol Crown Court
Leading junior in multi-handed trial concerning allegations of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, false imprisonment and rape.

R v Clark, Swindon Crown Court
Successful appeal against conviction upon 11 counts of a 26-count indictment containing allegations of historic sex abuse.

R v Seamark, Aylesbury Crown Court
Prison officer accused of taking drugs and telephones into prison.

R v Mackie, Snaresbrook Crown Court
Cannabis factory, not guilty of possession with intent to supply.

R v Haji, Isleworth Crown Court
Possession of firearm and ammunition.

R v Clamp, Luton Crown Court
Attempted murder by son of mother by suffocation.

R v Bayliss, Preston Crown Court
Leading counsel in multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drug involving industrial scale importation of cutting agent from China.

R v Bristow, Aylesbury Crown Court
Incestuous rape resulting in a child, led by Isabella Forshall QC.

R v Young, Luton Crown Court
Attempted murder.

R v Durantes, Central Criminal Court
Murder led by David Spens QC.


Alistair regularly provides seminars and lectures. Recent topics have included:

  • Defence statements
  • Firearms
  • Abuse of process