Colin Aylott QC

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Appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 2017. Before taking Silk he was listed by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as one of London’s leading juniors in both fraud and crime. The most recent edition of Chambers and Partners 2018 ranks him as a Leading Silk in fraud and crime.

"A dependable junior popular with instructing solicitors for defending complicated fraud cases...Straightforward in his approach and not a man to panic.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

“He has a track record of high-stakes cases involving drugs, guns and violence and defends in high-profile tax fraud cases” (Legal 500 2017)

“Has a very measured and calm approach.  He’s no-nonsense.” (Chambers and Partners 2016)

“He has a really nice style in court and is really switched on.” (Chambers and Partners 2015)

“A noted junior who acts exclusively for the defence in complex fraud cases." (Chambers and Partners 2013)

“His practice covers the gamut of serious crime” (Legal 500 2016)

“An excellent leading junior counsel.” (Legal 500 2015)

Colin is widely recognised as an expert in serious crime and fraud. He has appeared for the defence in many of the most recent high profile criminal trials in the country including the News International “Operation Elveden” prosecutions and the SFO LIBOR manipulation case. His practice embraces serious fraud, murder, historic sexual abuse, corruption and international criminal conspiracies.

Since taking Silk he has been instructed in a number of high-profile murder cases. Recent instructions are listed under the expertise tab.  His homicide practice spans 15 years and includes contract killings and gang related murders.

His expertise in complex fraud and financial crime as leading counsel includes defending allegations of MTIC fraud, fraudulent trading, diversion fraud, boiler room fraud, international money laundering and revenue offences. He is well known for his ability to marshal large amounts of complex evidence and to identify a clear strategic approach.

His financial and business crime practice encompasses High Court civil restraint proceedings, confiscation and cash seizure proceedings. He defends in prosecutions brought under various regulatory regimes and appears before a range of tribunals and Professional Disciplinary bodies.

In addition he advises companies in relation to money laundering procedures, regulatory compliance and internal corporate investigations.

Colin is equally experienced in all other areas of serious crime. In recent years he has been regularly instructed as leading counsel in major drug trafficking, allegations of commercial armed robbery, kidnapping, terrorism and serious sexual offences.

He appears regularly before the Court of Appeal and has represented the Government of Mauritius before the Privy Council.

He frequently advises television companies including Channel 4, ITV and Company Pictures on documentary and drama productions.

Called to the bar in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Memberships: South Eastern Circuit, Criminal Bar Association.

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