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Alexander Stein - Crime

Alex Stein has a nationwide practice concentrating on criminal work with a substantial element of regulatory cases.

He undertakes heavy fraud, money laundering and corruption cases as both junior and leading junior counsel. 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.

Alex undertakes Proceeds of Crime litigation in the Magistrates' Court, Crown Court and High Court and is available for restraint proceedings and third party representation in confiscation proceedings.

In R v Pace [2014] 1 Cr.App.R 34 he successfully represented the appellant in the landmark ruling on the appropriate mens rea for an attempt of a s327 POC 2002 offence.

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

Alex is instructed in complex copyright and tradesmarks cases and has been instructed in a number of cases involving internet fraud, hacking and illegal file sharing. He has an excellent 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 regularly prosecutes and defends the most serious Health and Safety and Fire Safety cases. In June 2012 Alex was appointed to the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law and is regularly instructed directly by the HSE and Local Authorities to prosecute fatal HSWA 1974 offences.

Alex has extensive experience in death by driving cases having been instructed by insurers in over 25 such cases in the last 3 years. He is also regularly instructed in driving cases involving serious injury with underlying civil litigation. He accepts private instructions in all forms of motoring offences either directly or by referral.

He is instructed to attend inquests on behalf of both the HSE and employers in work related deaths cases and also on behalf of insurers in death by driving cases. He was the sole advocate instructed on behalf of the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service at the Hillsborough Inquests.

Alex is regularly instructed to provide pre-charge advice to both prosecution agencies and corporate defendants.

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


Alexander Stein is ‘Very sure-footed, and has a sound tactical approach.’
Legal 500 2015

Alexander Stein is 'A specialist in defending serious financial crime, fraud and corruption.’
Legal 500 2014

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

‘Alexander Stein specialises in financial and regulatory crime’ Legal 500 2012

Alexander Stein is ‘very hardworking and efficient’, and is recommended for regulatory crime.
Legal 500 2011

"Alexander Stein successfully represented the owner of the Oink music website in the first UK illegal music download prosecution"
Legal 500 2010

RECENT NOTABLE CASES                                                    
HSE v JCB & DHL [2016]- ongoing prosecution of 2 very large corporates arising from an incident at the JCB world headquarters in Rocester.
R v RH [2016]- defendant with terminal cancer prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving- absolute discharge.
Hillsborough Inquests [2013-2016] - Instructed on behalf of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
HSE v FRC- Defence of large corporate waste processor prosecuted under s2 HSWA and ongoing advice in relation to potential corporate manslaughter charges.
R v MK [2015]- Dismissal of death by careless charge involving the death of an 11 year old boy following a Victims Right to Review.
R v DA [2015] - Successful causation argument in a causing serious injury by dangerous driving case.
HSE v Boal UK [2015]- Prosecution of major aluminium producer following a fatal collision of aisle picker.
R v Pace [2014] 1 Cr.App.R 34- Successful appeal in landmark ruling on the required mens rea for a section 327 POC offence.
HSE v Barnet Homes Limited [2014] - Prosecution of Housing Association following a fatal fall from height- Southwark Crown Court.
R v Martin Pace [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.
R v CB [2013] - Death by careless driving- representing an elderly driver who struck a pedestrian late at night. Successful dismissal application.