Fallon Alexis

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Fallon Alexis

Call 2008 

LLB (Hons) – First Class

Recommended in Chambers UK Crime (2016)

Ranked in ‘Up and Coming’ Chambers UK Crime (2015)

“Fantastic written work. Great feedback from clients.” Chambers UK Crime (2013)
 
“A bright future.”
Chambers UK (2013) Professional Discipline

Practice: Crime, Fraud, Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law

Fallon Alexis is an outstanding Barrister at QEB Hollis Whiteman, practising in crime, fraud, regulatory and professional discipline. She prosecutes and defends regularly in the Crown Court, at both first instance and on appeal and is recognised by colleagues and clients alike, for the passion and dedication she puts into her caseload.   

Since joining QEB Hollis Whiteman in 2009, Fallon’s reputation as a rising star has enabled her to gain experience far beyond her level of call.

She is qualified to accept Direct (Public) Access instructions.

General Crime

Fallon has a strong general crime practice, which encompasses the full spectrum of offences, including murder, terrorism, firearms, the production and supply of drugs, serious violence, and fraud. Fallon is instructed alone and as a led junior. She thrives on meticulous preparation, which coupled with her legal knowledge makes her a highly accomplished lawyer.

Fallon’s experience has resulted in her being frequently entrusted to handle large, multi-handed, complex and serious cases. By way of example, in the early part of 2016 Fallon successfully defended a young man at the Central Criminal Court who was charged with conspiracy to murder and preparation of acts of terrorism. He was acquitted of these charges in March 2016, following a trial that lasted for almost three months. It is said to be the largest case that the Counter Terrorism Command has dealt with to date in the UK.

Fallon is experienced at dealing with high-profile cases, as demonstrated by her role as junior counsel for the defence in the trial of Rebekah Brooks. She was instructed by Kingsley Napley LLP and throughout the trial demonstrated the strong work ethic that she is rapidly becoming known for. She was described as being ‘fearsomely bright and intensely loyal’.

Fallon has successfully defended multiple young individuals charged with murder. Fallon has been praised by those who instruct her for her ability to show professional empathy when dealing with lay clients.

Fallon is frequently instructed on a private basis.

Criminal Fraud and financial crime

Fallon’s background working on cases involving complex financial crime has lent itself to specialising in fraud, money laundering and other white collar allegations.

Fallon has been instructed as led junior defending in a large and complex fraud and money laundering case at Southwark Crown Court, which resulted in an acquittal, on all counts for Fallon's client.

Fallon has gained considerable experience reviewing documents in preparation and/or anticipation of criminal litigation. Fallon is currently instructed as Independent Counsel in a multi-jurisdictional matter, which involves concurrent investigations by the DOJ and SFO. This role involves an assessment of documents to determine whether they are subject to Legal Professional Privilege (LPP).

Whilst on secondment with Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP, Fallon assisted in a bribery case, specifically in relation to a company's compliance with disclosure notices issued by the Serious Fraud Office under section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. In this capacity, Fallon also undertook reviews of material subject to LPP and advised on other criminal law matters.

In 2015 Fallon was instructed to provide advice and assistance to a leading financial institution. During this project, Fallon liaised on a daily basis with bankers, senior executives, and financial crime analysts. In summary, Fallon dealt with issues such as KYC and due diligence, secrecy jurisdiction complexities, cross-platform banking issues, bearer shares, corroboration regarding Source of Wealth and Source of Funds and mandatory regulatory requirements surrounding Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs). Fallon also trained bankers on their regulatory requirements and practical ways to ensure adherence to the 2007 Money Laundering Regulations.

On several occasions Fallon was chosen out of a larger team of financial crime specialists to provide on-site advice and assistance to individuals based in the United States.

Civil Fraud

Fallon is regularly instructed by HMRC (both as junior alone and as lead junior) in appeals before the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber). These proceedings involve factually complex allegations of missing trader intra-community (MTIC) fraud where HMRC have denied the repayment of VAT.

Fallon very much enjoys the thorough preparation involved in these cases and the diversity it provides to her practice.

Motoring Offences

The most common driving offences have well known consequences for one’s licence or liberty. Getting an expert opinion at the outset will clarify the evidence and the likely outcome. The way a case is presented or argued can help, as can in-depth knowledge of the technicalities of evidence.

Fallon regularly acts for private clients facing road traffic allegations such as drink driving and speeding. She is keen on pursuing relevant technical legal defences on behalf of her clients.

Trading Standards

Fallon seconded with The Office of Fair Trading between September 2011 and July 2012. During this time she gained experience in the civil and criminal application of consumer protection legislation, including: the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs); the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (UTCCRs); the Distant Selling Regulations 2000 (DSRs); The Sale of Goods Act 1979 (SOGA) and the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002.

Fallon received an award “in recognition of the valuable contribution to the removal and domain seizure of unauthorised 2012 London Olympic Ticket websites in support of Operation Podium”, which was run by the Metropolitan Police Service during the course of the London 2012 Olympic games.

The knowledge and experience gained whilst on secondment at the OFT equips Fallon to advise and act on behalf of local Trading Standards offices around the country.

Fallon has also lectured lawyers and trading standards officers on interview techniques and giving evidence. In July 2012 Fallon presented a paper at the Trading Standards Institute Annual Conference in Manchester on investigation techniques, as part of QEB's Master Class titled "Pushing the right buttons: How to prosecute online crime".

Regulatory and Professional Discipline

By way of natural extension to her work defending and prosecuting in the criminal courts, Fallon appears regularly before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), General Dental Council and the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

Fallon is particularly well placed to deal with professional discipline matters involving quasi-criminal allegations and has represented registrants, as well as appearing on behalf healthcare regulators, in conviction cases and those involving serious dishonesty charges.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

In 2012, Fallon spent a considerable amount of time presenting cases on behalf of the NMC before the Investigating Committee and the Conduct and Competence Committee in relation to both interim and substantive hearings. Since then, Fallon has focused on advising and representing registrants facing disciplinary proceedings before the NMC.

General Dental Council (GDC)

Since 2013 Fallon has received regular instructions to act as a case presenter on behalf of the GDC in relation to both interim and substantive hearings before the relevant committees.

Fallon also receives occasional instructions from the GDC’s Illegal Practice team, which is a discrete team within the GDC, which focuses on investigating and prosecuting those who practice dentistry illegally.

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Fallon currently receives instructions from Kingsley Napley LLP to present cases before the Conduct and Competence Committee and Health Committee of the HCPC involving allegations of clinical failings, dishonesty and misconduct.

Security Industry Authority (SIA)

Fallon has considerable experience prosecuting on behalf of the SIA in licensing appeals in the Magistrates' Court, pursuant to the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Fallon's experience in this area commenced prior to her career at the Bar, when she worked for Kingsley Napley LLP and was responsible for the day to day preparation of SIA licensing appeals in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts.

Inquiries and Inquests

Fallon was instructed on an ad-hoc basis by the Department of Health in relation to the Public Inquiry (under the Inquiries Act 2005) into the failure to regulate the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, chaired by Robert Francis QC, who published his final report on 6th February 2013.

In 2014 Fallon provided assistance to Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, solicitors to the Hillsborough Inquest, in relation to the Inquest before Her Majesty's Assistant Deputy Coroner.

Fallon is happy to receive pro bono instructions in these areas.

Previous Employment

Prior to being called to the Bar, Fallon was a Legal Assistant at Kingsley Napley LLP, where she worked as part of the defence team of a former commercial director of British Airways who was prosecuted by the OFT under the Enterprise Act 2002 regarding allegations of conspiring with Virgin Atlantic Airways to fix fuel surcharge prices. Fallon was also involved in a team advising one of the developers who was questioned by the Turks and Caicos Islands Commission of Inquiry as to suspected governmental corruption.

In addition, prior to being called to the Bar, Fallon worked for HMRC (formerly Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office) as a Case Manager; Matrix Chambers as a Legal Research Assistant; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a Paralegal; and Shearman Bowen & Co Solicitors as an Outdoor Clerk.

Awards

  • Sweet and Maxwell prize for achieving the highest overall grade in her academic year at University

  • Major Scholarship - Inner Temple

  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship - Inner Temple

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association

Education and Training Committee of The Bar Council

Inner Temple's Qualifying Sessions Committee

Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Other

It is now possible in certain circumstances for members of the public to instruct a Barrister directly to provide advice and to appear in legal proceedings. Fallon is registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory and is qualified to accept instructions on a direct access basis.

Fallon is committed to ensuring that the legal profession remains accessible to all. She mentors students who are seeking to pursue a career in the law and speaks annually at her former college. 

In her spare time Fallon enjoys dancing. On 12 August 2012 she performed to approximately 750 million viewers worldwide when she danced in the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony. 

Notable cases:

R v Pisaru & Others (2016)
Paddington prostitution gang
This case is said to be the first successful victimless prosecution under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Fallon dealt with the complex sentencing exercise which involved the imposition of Sexual Trafficking Prevention Orders and confiscation proceedings have been commenced as a result of the convictions pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

R v. MA (Feb 2016)
Fallon assisted in the successful defence of a 21 year old woman who was charged with murder.

R v Cuffy (2016)
Successfully defended Nathan Cuffy against conspiracy to murder and preparation of acts of terrorism

R v. JC (Feb 2015)
Fallon, lead by Timothy Roberts QC, successfully defended of a youth charged with murder.

GDC -v- Kibria (2014)
Fallon Alexis represents General Dental Council in prosecution of unqualified tooth whitener

Rebekah Brooks (2014)
Fallon Alexis represented Rebekah Brooks as second junior counsel in the phone-hacking trial.

R v Motin (2013)
Successful Prosecution of an acid attack

Ticket Sales - London 2012 Olympic Games (2012)
Advice to the Office of Fair Trading and assistance to the Metropolitan Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency

R v McNaught (2012)
Prosecution of a former Police Community Support Officer

R v K (2011)
14 year old schoolboy acquitted of sexual assault

R v S (2011)
Successful appeal against conviction and sentence

R v Mahoney (2010)
Man acquitted of assaulting a Police officer

R v Gritton (2010)
Successful abuse of process argument

R v Cook (2010)
Breach of ASBO

Articles:

"Florida Crime: Facing the music"
Fallon received a scholarship in August 2014 from the South Eastern Circuit to attend an advocacy course in Florida. Here is 11.11.2014