Ms Alexandra Healy KC > Foundry Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Foundry Chambers
QUALITY HOUSE, 5-9 QUALITY COURT
CHANCERY LANE, LONDON
WC2A 1HP
England

Work Department

Head of Chambers
Silk

Position

She both defends and prosecutes. She is ranked in Band 1 as a leading silk in Chambers and Partners 2019 in relation to crime and financial crime and also as a Band 1 Leading Silk in the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2019 Directory. She has acted on behalf of a senior Barclays banker in relation to the LIBOR investigation, in respect of whom the SFO recently decided to take no further action. She recently successfully prosecuted two police officers for misconduct in public office, in relation to their failure to investigate child abuse offences.

She successfully prosecuted a six-handed fraud involving football apprenticeship training on behalf of the SFO. She is also secured a successful result on behalf of the principal defendant in a 5 month, twelve-handed trial alleging conspiracy to defraud brought by Southampton City Council. She has advised private companies and prosecuting authorities in relation to Bribery Act offences. She also advises private organisations on issues relating to employee fraud.

She successfully defended the Sun’s Whitehall editor, Clodagh Hartley, against an allegation of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. She has defended an SFO prosecution involving £160 million banking fraud, R v Alexander, and successfully defended a bank manager against an allegation to commit corruption, prosecuted as part of a major fraud that led to the collapse of Willmetts Solicitors, R v Entwistle and others. She has had further success defending allegations of insider dealing in R v Sanders and others (involving the spread-betting firm Blue Index) and successfully defended one of the defendants in Operation Inertia, a £100 million MTIC contra trading case.

She has prosecuted a number of murder trials and has considerable experience in dealing with sensitive sexual offence cases including involving vulnerable witnesses. She has experience cross-examining autistic witnesses and carrying out cross-examination through an intermediary.

Other successful prosecutions include a multi-jurisdictional boiler-room fraud, involving Regulation S shares and carbon credits, R v MacDonald and Downes, which featured in the TV documentary ‘Fraud Squad’; a fraud involving the Land Registry and Probate Division; the prosecution of a dentist accused of defrauding the NHS and a series of frauds on various charities.

Career

Recorder of the Crown Court (2010)
QC list for SFO prosecution Panel
Co-Chair Bar Council Remuneration Committee (2012 – 2018)
Secretary of the Criminal Bar Association (2007 – 2008)
Director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (2010 – 2019)

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Fraud Lawyers Association

Education

MA Cantab (Trinity Hall)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Alexandra Healy KCFoundry ChambersAlexandra is a formidable advocate willing to take on her opponents and the court if required. What sets her apart is her judgement in knowing when it is appropriate to do so and when it is not. Her clients never have any doubt that she is absolutely committed to getting them the best possible result.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Alexandra Healy KC – Foundry Chambers ‘Alexandra is undoubtedly one of the best Silks to instruct in a fraud, whether defending or prosecuting.’

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Alexandra Healy KC – Foundry Chambers ‘Alexandra is an exceptionally hard-working and intelligent barrister who can drill down to the finest detail in a case.’

‘An excellent set of chambers who go above and beyond for both instructing solicitors and counsel’, the set at Foundry Chambers prosecutes and defends high-profile criminal matters. Alexandra Healy KC prosecuted two police officers (one so far convicted) for killing of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson who died after being shot with a Taser by police in Telford. William Hughes KC prosecuted at trial in a widely-publicised case concerning four activists who pulled down a statue of slave trader and merchant Edward Colston and pushed it into Bristol Harbour. David Harounoff acted for a defendant accused of being a member of Swedish hit squad sent to assassinate a rival in Battersea. Mukul Chawla KC re-joined the set in January 2022 from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, while Mark Trafford KC joined from Reform Chambers in April 2022.