Alex Du Sautoy


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Alex accepts instructions across the range of Chambers’ practice areas, including general and corporate crime, extradition, proceeds of crime and public law.

“Alex’s advocacy is second to none. He is a fearless and tenacious barrister with expertise handling the most difficult of witnesses. He is caring and listens to clients and gets a lot of respect in the courtroom.

Legal 500


Alex defends regularly in the Crown Court and takes instructions in the full range of criminal work. Recently, he has represented defendants charged with fraud, drug supply, burglary, stalking, sexual assault, money laundering, controlling and coercive behaviour, administering a noxious substance, GBH and wounding with intent. He also has a particular interest in Youth Court work.

Alex prosecutes for the CPS as a Grade 3 prosecutor. He has prosecuted in cases before the Crown Court involving terrorism offences (encouraging terrorism and disseminating terrorist publications), people trafficking, money laundering, fraud by false representation, conspiracy to supply a controlled drug, grievous bodily harm, burglary, threats with a bladed article, and unauthorised immigration advice. His current prosecution work includes acting for the CPS in the potential prosecution arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.

He has acted in several private prosecutions, including one involving complex allegations of trans-national fraud. He is on the SFO’s C panel of prosecution counsel and is currently instructed by the SFO as second junior in a prosecution relating to an alleged Ponzi scheme.

Alex regularly acts for requesting judicial authorities and requested persons, both in Extradition Hearings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and in appeals to the High Court. He also advises individuals subject to INTERPOL Red Notices and has acted for the CPS in import extradition requests.

He is a Grade 2 CPS prosecutor and appeared for the Requesting State in the Divisional Court case of Galusca v Italy. He is currently instructed in an Indian case involving complex allegations of tax evasion, led by Ben Lloyd.

As sole counsel Alex has both defended and prosecuted in Part 2 cases involving requests for extradition to Albania.

Alex takes instructions on public law cases, particularly those with a link to criminal law. He has previously acted as disclosure junior in a high-profile Judicial Review relating to prisoner categorisation (led by Victoria Ailes and James Eadie QC). He also has experience acting on behalf of prisoners in relation to their parole board hearings and linked judicial review applications. He has previously worked on ECtHR cases and a judicial review arising out of an SFO investigation.

Alex is on the SFO’s C panel for proceeds of crime and international cooperation, as well as the CPS POCA Grade 2 panel. He has experience prosecuting contested POCA hearings and applications for international restraint orders. He regularly defends in proceeds of crime matters, most recently acting pro bono for an interested third party in an application to the Court of Appeal. As sole counsel he defended a company facing confiscation proceedings for over £300,000. He has contributed to the forthcoming edition of Millington and Sutherland on the Proceeds of Crime.

Alex is regularly instructed by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (“FCDO”) to advise on the imposition of sanctions under the UK’s autonomous Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 regimes. He has also advised an international charity pro bono on the impact of UK sanctions law on their activities.

Alex acts pro bono (for Bail for Immigration Detainees) in applications for bail for those in immigration detention. He also takes pro bono instructions from Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit), including proceeds of crime and regulatory work. He recently acted in a 3-day hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal, on behalf of a doctor who was a serving prisoner.

Will Hays & Alex du Sautoy (2020) ‘Criminal Justice in the Time of a Pandemic’, Judicial Review, 25:2, 133-150

Will Hays & Alex du Sautoy (2022) ‘Judicial Review of the Criminal Process’, Judicial Review, 27:1, 28-38

Contributor to the 4th edition of Miller on Contempt (4th edn, 2017), eds C.J. Miller and David Perry QC

Contributor to the 6th edition of Millington and Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime (forthcoming)

‘Electorally Challenged: protecting democracy through the creation of a public petitioner,’ winning entry by a GDL student in the Bar Council Law Reform Committee Essay Competition

‘The Immigration Act 2014: a warning shot for the Human Rights Act’ BPP Human Rights Law Journal

6KBW blog articles are listed below.

Before transferring to the Bar, Alex worked as a civil servant for three years. This included a posting at the European Commission in Brussels, working on human rights issues and transitional justice in international development. While studying the Bar Professional Training Course, Alex taught EU law at BPP Law School.  He also volunteered as an Appropriate Adult in police station interviews, acted in Employment Tribunal cases for the Free Representation Unit and represented parents in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal on behalf of IPSEA.

Before pupillage, Alex was an Amicus intern in Atlanta, Georgia, where he assisted in the defence of clients potentially facing the death penalty. He remains involved in Amicus, training and interviewing potential interns.

In 2018-2019 he was a Judicial Assistant at the United Kingdom Supreme Court, where he worked closely on several high-profile appeals touching upon criminal and public law, including R v TRA, Konecny and Elgizouli.

  • Amicus
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
  • Extradition Lawyers Association
  • 6KBW Pro Bono Champion for Advocate
  • Junior Scholar, Wadham College, University of Oxford (2009-2012)
  • Major Scholar (GDL), Inner Temple (2014)
  • Director of Programmes Scholarship, BPP Law School (2014)
  • Winner (GDL), Bar Council Law Reform Committee Essay Competition (2015)
  • Major Scholar (BPTC), Inner Temple (2016)
  • Excellence Award, BPP Law School (2016)
  • Advocacy Award, BPP Law School (2016)
  • Internship Award, Inner Temple (2017)
  • Scholarship for the Geoffrey Nice Foundation Masterclass on Mass Atrocities, Inner Temple (2019)
  • Winner, DELF John RWD Jones QC Essay Competition (2019)
  • Pegasus Scholar, Inner Temple (2020)
  • BA Philosophy and Modern Languages, University of Oxford
  • MSc European Studies, London School of Economics
  • GDL and BPTC, BPP Law School

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Alex du Sautoy wins DELF essay competition 2019

Chambers is pleased to announce that Alex du Sautoy has been selected as the winner of the DELF John RWD Jones QC Essay Competition 2019. The competition is run annually by the Defence...