Alistair Mitchell

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Specialisations

  • Civil 
  • Family & TLATA
  • Commercial 
  • Inquest
  • Crime 
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment 
  • Professional Negligence
  • Immigration

Profile

Alistair enjoys a crime, family and common law practice. Criminal work encompasses gang-related murder and historical sex abuse cases. Family work spans child care, contact and residence, adoption. TLATA and ancillary relief. 

Civil cases include matters relating to judicial reviews, Protection From Harassment Act, Employment disputes, Personal Injury, the Freedom of Information Act and IP. Alistair also undertakes advice, drafting and representation to claimants and defendants for:

  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Architects and Construction Professionals
  • Financial Advisers and Insurance Professionals
  • IT Professionals
  • Solicitors and Barristers
  • Surveyors and Valuers

Alistair is sensitive to the needs of vulnerable clients and witnesses and is particularly interested in criminal and civil cases in respect of care homes for the elderly. Above all, he enjoys the opportunity to delve into the heart of a case – and relishes cross-examination. 

Alistair is accredited under the Public Access Scheme for direct instructions and has handled cases relating to building disputes and dilapidations under the Scheme.

Prior to being called to the Bar, he worked in housing and worker co-operatives for many years. Inspiration to study law stemmed from the Poll Tax Riot in 1990, during which he was arrested and subsequently jailed.

Whilst a mature student he helped found the Trafalgar Square Defendants’ Campaign and served on the board of Brixton Community Law Centre. The case became something of a minor cause celebre, 

with the late Paul Foot describing Mr Mitchell as ‘the only man in British legal history to be convicted of biting a policeman – with someone else’s teeth’ and featured in the BBC documentary ‘People Power’, in Private Eye, The Guardian and the Daily Mirror. Happily, the verdict was overturned by the Queen’s Bench Divisional Court (reported as R -v- Southwark Crown Court, Ex parte Mitchell [19941 C.O.D. 15). He remains probably the only current member of the Bar with inside knowledge of Wandsworth Prison’s ‘B’ Block accommodation!

His academic work has appeared on Legal Hub and in the Justice of the Peace Magazine.

Memberships

  • The Criminal Bar Association 
  • The Family Law Bar Association
  • The Midland Circuit
  • The Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • He holds professional insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited.

Interests 

  • Reading
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Writing
  • The Severn Valley
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