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He has provided legal services to ethnic minority groups and those domestically abused.
Alastair undertook legal aid work from 1968 to 2000. He has defended those charged with terrorist crime, pioneered prisoner law, undertaken human rights cases, challenged decisions using judicial review and the European Commission and the Court of Human Rights, and dealt with miscarriages of justice.
Alastair is a trained mediator, and pioneered training for solicitors in family and commercial mediation. He represented all save two of the victims of miscarriages of justice before the judicial inquiry into the cases of the Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven, having been involved with these cases since the arrests in 1974.
He was on a committee that fashioned the evidence given by the Law Society to the Runciman Royal Commission on the Criminal Justice and gave evidence to a judicial tribunal in Toronto on systemic issues in miscarriages of justice.
Alastair is chair of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group, vice chair of the National Taser Stakeholders Advisory Group and works as a generalist adviser for Citizens Advice dealing with complex cases.
He was awarded an OBE for services to justice in 2002.
Area of practice
Consumer; debt and bankruptcy – personal; debt recovery; dispute resolution – civil and commercial mediation; family law; human rights; litigation – general and crime
Groups/boards served on
Council Membership Committee; Human Rights Committee; Scrutiny and Performance Review Committee