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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 Health and Safety and Fire Safety cases. He has extensive experience of trading standards law and has prosecuted and defended trade descriptions cases. In June 2012 Alex was appointed to the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law.

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 undertakes a substantial number of 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. Throughout 2014 and 2015 he has been the sole advocate instructed on behalf of the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service at the ongoing Hillsborough Inquests.

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

He lectures on Health and Safety Law and Coronial Law.


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


Hillsborough Inquests [2013-2015] - Instructed on behalf of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

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 JF [2014] - Successful defence of causing death by careless driving following a victims right to review.

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 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][freelivefooty.com].

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 following a prolonged bot attack on a number of corporates.

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