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Crispin Aylett QC

Call 1985
Silk 2008
BA (Hons) 
Diploma in Law

Practice: Fraud and Crime

Recommended as a Leading Silk in Crime

"One of the best prosecuting silks at the bar." Legal 500 (2013) Crime

"He is very experienced, and speaks a language juries understand. He is a clever and very efficient lawyer" Chambers UK (2014) Crime

"Crispin Aylett QC joined the set from Three Raymond Buildings midway through 2012.  He has been 'hugely impressive' over the past twelve months and 'is regularly instructed in some of the more difficult cases.'  He is senior Treasury counsel and leads prosecutions for the CPS, particularly on murder and terrorism offences.  Examples of his caseload include the prosecution of crystal meth dealer Daniel van der Riet for murdering a Filipino drug addict and that of Marcel Williams & Others for the ‘Gipsy Hill murder’".  Chambers UK (2013) Crime

'Crispin Aylett QC is now in his sixth year as Senior Treasury Counsel. Sources reserve special mention for him as "a hugely effective advocate, who gets difficult evidence before the jury in an easily understood format".
Chambers UK 2012


Crispin Aylett is a practitioner with a wealth of experience in all areas of criminal law, including fraud.  He was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court in 2006 following five years as Junior Treasury Counsel.

Over the years he has been instructed on some of the most grave and high profile murder cases of the day, some of which include:

The murder of Sarah Payne; the so-called “Camden Ripper”; R v Ali Dizaei; the murder of the Chohan family; R v Barrett (the fatal stabbing of a cyclist in Richmond Park by a schizophrenic who had discharged himself from a psychiatric hospital); the re-trials of Sion Jenkins; R v Morgan & Vincent (prosecution for murder of members of the So-Solid Crew); R v Pickford & Walker (the kicking to death of a gay man on Clapham Common); R v Mir & others (the murder of two brothers in Tooting); the murder of Jimmy Mizen; R v Sonnex & Farmer (the murders of the two French students); the so-called “Bride in the Burkha”; R v Dighton (killing of a headmaster and his wife by their son); R v Ross & St. Aubin (murder outside Wandsworth prison by public schoolboy gangster); R v Jeffrey and others (execution of nightclub doorman).


‘Crispin Aylett brings "thoughtfulness to every case". He often appears in high-profile cases, and was recently involved in R v Sonnex and Farmer; the case of the two murdered French students'.  Chambers UK 2011

Advisory work:

The re-investigation into the murder of Suzy Lamplugh.

The investigation into the alleged rape at the Grosvenor House Hotel involving Premiership footballers.


2006 Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court
2001 Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court

Additional Information

Defence Work:

Representing the Director of Safety at Railtrack in the prosecution arising out of the Hatfield train crash.

R v Gluzek and others: one of a number of defendants accused of murdering another man in a fight at a squat in Waterloo.

Reported Cases:

R v Smith & Mercieca (House of Lords)

Notable cases:

R v Hall (Stuart) (2014)
Stuart Hall, represented by Crispin Aylett QC of QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers was acquitted of 15 charges of rape and indece

R v McCluskie (2013)
Successful Prosecution

R v Williams (2012)
Man breaks New Year's Day promise of no-violence to girlfriend, stabbing her to death less than eight hours later

R v Lartey and others (2012)
Lartey and two others convicted of murder of 16-year-old in East London gang attack

R v Bibi and others (CA) (2012)
Manslaughter conviction for mother of a 13 year old girl who tried to blame victim's death on her daughter

R v Shirley & Lynette Banfield (2012)
Wife and daughter killed retired bookmaker, pretended he was still alive and claimed his pension

R v Marcel Williams & Others
Gipsy Hill Murder

R v Irvania & Others
Humiliation leads to murder

R v Van Der Riet
Drug deal murder

R v Dighton
Manslaughter of parents