Alison Morgan KC

Barrister

Year of Call

2000

Profile

“An excellent lawyer and advocate. Brilliant at forming an overview of the case and someone who knows the law backwards.” – Chambers and Partners

“She is brilliantly analytical and gets to points long before others do.

“She is a very exceptionally good barrister.”

Chambers & Partners

Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019. Alison was Chambers & Partners Crime Junior in 2012 and was appointed Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court by the Attorney General in July 2012.

Alison acted as Junior Counsel for the Prosecution in the trial of those accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence. Thereafter, she acted as Junior Counsel in the Ellison Review, reviewing allegations of police corruption relating to the investigation.

She has been involved in prosecuting some of the most complex terrorism prosecutions of the last 15 years including the Ricin Conspiracy, the 21/7 Bomb, the plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and the terrorist attack at Parsons Green Station.

She is currently instructed as leading counsel in the cases of Khairi Saadallah (the alleged terrorist attack in Reading in the summer of 2020) and the on-going criminal investigation into the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.

Her experience extends to high profile defence work, including acting for the former Pictures Editor of ‘The Sun’ newspaper, who was acquitted of allegations of misconduct in a public office.

She has considerable experience in complex corporate crime, in particular advising in the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into Rolls Royce Plc and as part of the team involved in the prosecution Barclays Plc and its senior executives. She is currently instructed to represent an individual under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to alleged offences of bribery and fraud.

In addition to her considerable litigation experience, Alison has provided advice on a range of complex legal issues ranging from the scope and application of corporate criminality, the ambit and proper application of counter-terrorism legislation, mutual legal assistance and oversees evidential enquiries.

She is recommended in the 2020 edition of Legal 500.

Expertise

Alison has extensive experience in high-profile criminal litigation as part of her practice as Senior Treasury Counsel. She is an experienced and skilled trial advocate. Alison has considerable experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal in complex appellate matters and acting on behalf of the Attorney General.

Alison was instructed by the Home Secretary, led by Mark Ellison KC, to conduct a public, independent review of allegations of police corruption in the original investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Over the last ten years Alison has been involved in the prosecution of some of the most complex and high profile cases to be brought to trial including the Ricin Conspiracy,  the 21/7 Bomb Plot and the plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.

Alison has worked closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat on comparative terrorism legislation and procedures across the Commonwealth countries.

Junior Treasury Counsel (2012)

Queen’s Counsel (2019)

Senior Treasury Counsel (2019)

Queen Mother Fox Scholarship, Middle Temple (2000)

  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit
  • Member of the Central Criminal Court Bar Mess
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association

University of Oxford, BA (Hons), Jurisprudence.

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