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QEB Hollis Whiteman


Crispin Aylett is a practitioner with a wealth of experience in all areas of criminal law, including fraud. Since leaving Treasury Counsel’s Room in December 2013, he has continued to prosecute at the Old Bailey while also defending in cases of murder, terrorism and historic sexual abuse. 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).


Called 1985; Silk 2008, Inner Temple. Enforcement Tribunal, Lloyd’s of London.


Dulwich College; Bristol University (BA (Hons) English Literature); City University (Dip. Law.)


Born 1961, resides London.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Crispin Aylett QCQEB Hollis WhitemanOne of the top five prosecutors in the country. His reputation at the Old Bailey is peerless. He is a prosecuting star at the top of his game. He is at the very top of the pile. He is tremendously bright and has a complete command of his brief, whilst giving the impression that he never breaks a sweat.

Outstanding setQEB Hollis Whiteman ‘is a class act, boasting a wealth of very strong talent‘ and possesses ‘a deserved reputation in relation to both prosecution and defence‘. In one high-profile case, Crispin Aylett QC prosecuted in R v Petrović and others, where four defendants were on trial for the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney. Sexual offence cases are prominent in the team’s caseload: Jocelyn Ledward and Orla Daly acted in R v Fingleton, where a film director was acquitted of the sexual assault of an actress in her home. Also of note, Eleanor Laws QC is representing the actor Johnny Depp in his libel action against News Group Newspapers and The Sun’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, for publication of an article in 2018 referring to Depp as a “wife-beater”. In recent chambers news, Paul Raudnitz QC took silk in March 2020.