Alex Rooke

Year of Call: 2001

Solicitors and judges have commented favourably on Alex's ability to pick up complex cases, to master large amounts of information, and to cut to the chase in a very short time. He has extensive experience of cases involving serious violence, grave sexual offending, fraud and organised crime.

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Alex maintains a busy 50/50 defence and prosecution practice, and believes this is the best way of learning and retaining the skills applicable to both sides of the courtroom.  He has wide experience of cases involving serious violence, grave sexual offending, fraud and organised crime. 

He often appears alone against Queen's Counsel and 'senior juniors', and is known for his ability to deal sensitively with clients and witnesses who are having difficulty with the experience of the court process, be that because of vulnerability, cultural difference or simply what is at stake for the client. 

Solicitors and judges have commented favourably on his ability to pick up complex cases, to master large amounts of information, and to cut to the chase in a very short time.

He has particular expertise in cross-border smuggling cases, and in confiscation and asset forfeiture matters under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and its predecessor legislation.

Alex has particular expertise in Road Traffic Act (RTA) matters, and accepts Direct Public Access instructions in relation to these cases.  

Professional panel appointments

  • Grade 3 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Prosecutor.
  • Appointed to the CPS specialist crime, rape and fraud panels.

Additional Information

Direct Public Access

  • Alex accepts Direct Public Access instructions, and has been qualified since 2009.


Prior to coming to the Bar, Alex worked in Turkey for seven years as a university teacher. His spoken Turkish is near fluent, and he also has a decent command of French.

Education and Awards

  • Bar Vocational Course 2001.
  • Walter Wrigglesworth Scholar, Lincoln's Inn 2001.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, 2000.
  • M.Sc. (International Relations), Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1996.
  • B.A. Hons (History and Politics), Keele University, 1991.

Professional Memberships

  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
  • Fraud Lawyers Association.
  • South East Circuit.

Asset Recovery, Civil Fraud & Confiscation

Alex is regularly instructed in Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 matters, often where other lawyers have defended at trial or taken the plea but lack the experience of complex confiscation cases.

He was instructed in 2010 by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals to handle a batch of resurrected tobacco duty evasion cases, successfully reducing a number of confiscation orders or eliminating them altogether.

He is often briefed in cash seizure and forfeiture matters by both state agencies and private individuals.


Alex is an experienced criminal barrister, and both prosecutes and defends.  Alex is instructed in serious and complex criminal cases, involving offences of murder and manslaughter, rape and serious sexual assault, frauds, drug importations, money laundering and confiscation cases.  

Cases of Note

Crime Appeals

R. v Ernest [2014] EWCA Crim 1312

Reduction of confiscation order

R v Khushal, Ayub and others [2012] EWCA Crim 2432

Reduction of sentence in large scale Class A supply.

R v Maksimov [2012] EWCA Crim 1169

Sentence reduced in cocaine importation and supply conspiracy on grounds of disparity.

R v Lacko [2012] 2 Cr. App. R. (S) 102

Reduction of sentence in sham marriage and immigration fraud case.

R v Saddique [2012] 2 All ER 793

Interim appeal re ECHR compatibility and form of indictment in s.46 Serious Crime Act 2007.

R v Haslett et al [2011] EWCA Crim 553

Nominated by Registrar of Criminal Appeals in relation to a number of 'cold' cases involving POCA 2002 and duty evasion post R v May and R v Chambers.

R v C (George) [2011] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 28

Reduction of sentence in child sex offence case involving abuse of position of trust.

Violence and Homicide

R v F (Canterbury Crown Court 2015)

Murder case.

R v E and B (Canterbury Crown Court, 2015)

Affray, defence of door security staff, excess of force.

R v D (Nottingham Crown Court, 2014)

Causing death by careless driving

R v A (Maidstone Crown Court, 2013)

Murder, significant medical causation issues.

R v F (Wolverhampton Crown Court, 2013)

Murder and public disorder, significant medical causation issues.

Sexual Offences

R v M (Harrow Crown Court, 2015)

Male on male “date” rape, administration of drugs to facilitate sexual offence.

R v E (Maidstone Crown Court, 2015)

Rape of step-daughter.

R v H (Maidstone Crown Court, 2015)

'Revenge porn' involving indecent images of child.

R v T (Canterbury Crown Court, 2015)

Historic rape of defendant's children and step-children.

R v B (Canterbury Crown Court, 2015)

Sexual assault on child, automatism/sleep disorder.

R v F (Stafford Crown Court, 2014)

Multiple rapes, s.18 Offences Against the Person Act, kidnap, false imprisonment.

R v K (Birmingham Crown Court, 2013)

Grooming and rape of vulnerable 13 year-old.

R v CG (Maidstone Crown Court, 2011)

Alleged rape by father of 5 year-old girl.

R v W (Canterbury Crown Court, 2010)

Sexual activity with animals and children.


R v D (Maidstone Crown Court, 2015)

'Rogue trader' targeting the vulnerable for over-priced and unnecessary home repairs.

R v M and others (Kingston Crown Court, 2014)

200 plus instances of 'vishing' or 'line capture' bank fraud

R v T (Maidstone Crown Court, 2014)

VAT and Income Tax fraud in road haulage industry.

R v S and others (Chelmsford Crown Court, 2013-4)

Insider bank transfer fraud and money laundering.

Re CHC (City of London Police investigation, 2012)

Instructed to advise Defendant before charge in matter involving corruption of Liberian Government officials and carbon-trading. No charges brought. Acted for Company in liquidation proceedings under Companies Act.

R v A and others (Inner London Crown Court, 2010)

Multi-handed, multi-agency organised benefit fraud.

R v K and others (Wood Green Crown Court, 2009)

Large scale postal intercept and false identity benefit cheque encashment fraud involving postal intercept and multiple false identities.

R v B and others (Maidstone Crown Court, 2015)

Large scale theft of mechanical diggers.

R v K and B (Canterbury Crown Court, 2015)

Large scale Class A drug importation, fitness to plead issues.

R v P and others (Inner London Crown Court, 2014)

Industrial cannabis farming and money laundering, confiscation proceedings.

R v M (Canterbury Crown Court, 2014)

Large scale Class A drug importation

R v L and others (Norwich Crown Court, 2013)

Vehicle 'ringing' and cannabis farming.

R v A and others (Birmingham Crown Court, 2012)

Substantial test purchase of drugs and surveillance operation.

R v S and others (Maidstone Crown Court, 2012)

Nationwide supply of cutting agents used in the sale of Class A drugs.

R v T (Snaresbrook Crown Court, 2010)

Cannabis successfully supplied over long period from retail premises; undercover police, surveillance and PII issues.