Colin Aylott QC

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Appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 2017. Listed in the 2019 editions of Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 for both Crime and Fraud.

“Popular with instructing solicitors for defending complicated fraud cases, who is particularly noted for his expertise in tax fraud cases. He acts in matters concerning allegations of rate manipulation, money laundering and mortgage fraud.”

"Very diligent and instils confidence in those he represents as he grasps complex legal issues with ease and is a delight to work with."

"He is a very able advocate."  Chambers & Partners 2019

“Completely dedicated to the client’s position with a very keen eye for the even the smallest detail… witted and fully conversant with the law, he works tirelessly to ensure the job is done.” Chambers & Partners 2018

"Popular with instructing solicitors for defending complicated fraud cases...Straightforward in his approach and not a man to panic.” Chambers & Partners 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

“He has a track record of high-stakes cases involving drugs, guns and violence.” Legal 500 2017

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

Colin is widely recognised as an expert in murder, serious crime and fraud. He has appeared for the defence in many of the most recent high profile criminal trials in the country including cases that attracted global media attention such as the News International “Operation Elveden” prosecutions and the SFO LIBOR manipulation case. His practice embraces serious fraud, corruption, murder, terrorism, sexual offences, and multi-jurisdictional drug supply conspiracies.
His homicide practice spans more than 20 years. He has defended in numerous murder cases including gang related murders and contract killings. Since taking Silk he has been instructed in a number of high-profile murder cases principally at the Central Criminal Court. A list of his recent instructions in murder cases can be found in the expertise section.

Other work in Silk has included defending in and securing the only acquittal in the first prosecution under the Terrorism Act of alleged members of National Action. The case received significant coverage in the national media.

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. Recent instructions in Silk include advising an oil industry executive pre-charge in relation to an SFO investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption.

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.