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Alexander Stein Crime

Since joining Chambers in 2001 Alex Stein has concentrated on criminal work with a substantial element of regulatory cases. He has a national practice and undertakes cases throughout England and Wales.

He specialises in criminal fraud and financial offences. He undertakes heavy fraud, money laundering and corruption cases as both junior and leading junior counsel.

In financial crime, He has been instructed in Serious Fraud Office, Financial Services Authority, Business Innovation and Skills [DTI], Regional Assets Recovery Team, National High Tech Crime Squad, Serious Organised Crime Agency, Revenue and Customs and City of London Police cases.

He has a wide experience of MTIC fraud in both the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal and is reported at [2008] 2 Cr.App.R (s) 24.

He was junior counsel for John Early in the Court of Appeal, which remains the leading case on Public Interest Immunity procedure, the handling of covert human intelligence sources, disclosure and abuse of process. R v Early [2003] 1 Cr.App.R 19

He has been instructed in a number of cases involving internet fraud, hacking and illegal file sharing. He has a good understanding of information technology and internet crime. In 2010 he represented the owner and operator of the oink.cd website in the first criminal trial emanating from a bittorrent website in the UK. The case at Teesside Crown Court attracted considerable press attention when the defendant was unanimously acquitted.

He is instructed in complex cases of copyright and trademarks infringement often involving a trade organisation investigation and prosecution.

Alex specialises in Proceeds of Crime litigation in the Magistrates' Court, Crown Court and High Court. He is available for restraint proceedings and third party representation in confiscation proceedings. In R v Pace [2014] 1 Cr.App.R 34 he represented the appellant in the landmark ruling on the appropriate mens rea for an attempt of an s327 POCA offence.

He regularly prosecutes and defends Health and Safety and Fire Safety cases in both the Magistrates' and Crown Courts. He has extensive experience of Trading Standards Law and has prosecuted and defended Trade Descriptions cases.

He has been instructed in Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Trading Standards, Local Authority Building Control, Food Standard's Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Information Commissioner cases.

He undertakes a large number of insurer funded death by driving cases in both the Magistrates' and Crown Courts. He is instructed to attend inquests and he also accepts instruction in driving cases involving serious injury with underlying civil litigation. He is privately instructed in all forms of motoring offences on a regular basis, either directly or by referral.

In June 2012 Alex was appointed to the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. He is recommended in the Legal 500.


MEMBERSHIPS

Criminal Bar Association 
Health and Safety Lawyers Association
POCLA (Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association)

RECOMMENDATIONS

Alexander Stein ‘will tenaciously fight his defendant’s corner’. 
Legal 500 2013

Alexander Stein specialises in financial and regulatory crime. 
Legal500 2012

Alexander Stein is ‘very hardworking and efficient’, and is recommended for regulatory crime.
Legal500 2011

"Alexander Stein successfully represented the owner of the Oink music website in the first UK illegal music download prosecution"
Legal500 2010


NOTABLE CASES

HSE v BH [2014]- Ongoing prosecution of Housing Association following a fatal fall from height- Southwark Crown Court.

R v MP [2013]- 10 weeks trial relating to a scrap metal yard accepting criminal property. The defendant was convicted of a single count and fined £250- Oxford Crown Court. Conviction overturned on appeal in landmark ruling on the required mens rea for an attempt of a section 327 POCA offence- Court of Appeal [2014] EWCA Crim 186.

R v CB [2013]- Death by careless driving- representing an elderly driver who struck a pedestrian late at night. Successful dismissal application.

R v P [2013]- Defendant charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Prosecution offered no evidence following service of the Defence Statement.

R v L [2013]-  Defendant charged with multiple mortgage frauds had a large number of previous convictions. Acquitted following cross-examination of the main prosecution witness.

R v TT [2013]- Death by careless driving involving expert evidence on object recognition theory. Community penalty.

R v GG [2013]- Defence of website owner charged with communicating copyright works [Premier League Matches]. Suspended Sentence.

R v R [2012]- Death by dangerous driving  involving an untraced third party vehicle in South Wales. Acquitted

R v S [2012]- Death by careless driving involving expert evidence as to the speed and medical condition of the injured party. Acquitted

R v BB [2012]- Co-Defendant of Karen Otmani [who murdered her boyfriend and kept his body in a bin in her bedroom for 14 days]- Acquitted of Murder.

R v P [2012]-  Successful defence under section 16 CDPA 1988 of record producer charged with copyright offences.

R v SM [2012] – Large MTIC fraud involving alleged losses of c£80m [Operation Vex].

R v HM [2012] – Death by careless driving involving a pedestrian heard in the magistrates’ court. Acquitted.

R v B [2012] – Defence of a member of the anonymous hacktivist group. Community penalty.

R v RH [2012] – Serious death by careless driving involving a 17 year old fatality and serious injury to an 18 year old. Suspended sentence following service of the defence expert evidence.

R v F [2012] – High Profile Police corruption case in South Wales- Prosecution offered no evidence following a successful severance argument.

R v NC [2011] - MTIC fraud involving an alleged loss to the revenue in excess of £300 million [Operation Fastback].

R v L [2011] - Successful defence of the operator of the bittorent website www.filesoup.com

R v JV [2011] - Death by dangerous driving involving post-accident manipulation of evidence by a co-defendant.

R v K [2010] - Defendant charged with aiding and abetting a corrupt Crown Prosecutor following a lengthy undercover investigation. Highly publicized case heard by Treacy J.

R v P [2010] - SFO prosecution of a Boiler Room Fraud. Defendant acquitted despite being tried in his absence having fled the jurisdiction.

R v AE [2010] - Successful defence of the operator of the bittorrent website oink.cd.

R v I [2010] - Multimillion pound money laundering conspiracy arising from MTIC fraud. Prosecution offered no evidence.

R v S [2009] - VHCC money laundering conspiracy arising from VAT evasion. Defendant acquitted.

R v B [2009] - Enforcement proceedings for non-payment of confiscation order stayed as an abuse of process.

R v MN [2008] - Post conviction instruction in confiscation proceedings for French national MTIC defendant. HMRC originally sought in excess of £213 million. Final order under £1 million. Appeal against sentence reported at [2008] 2 Cr.App.R.(s) 24

R v A [2008] - 2 month VHCC Higher Education fraud conspiracy. Only defendant acquitted.

Environment Agency v M [2008] - Prosecution under Section 33 EPA 1990. Stayed as an abuse of process for non-disclosure.

R v C [2008] - Successful High Court proceedings on behalf of the wife of a convicted MTIC defendant.