“I just wanted to write to thank you for your empathy, support and professionalism in looking after my case. During the process I found you very supportive… at the same time as being very honest and up front. You are a credit to Reeds; please pass my sincere thanks onto your bosses as I would like them to know what a good job you did for my family.”
“We are forever grateful Alistair. I had no choice but to trust you to protect my child when I couldn't and it has been the hardest thing I've ever had to do. You were fantastic. Thank you for representing him and giving him his life back.”
“I would recommend Alistair Grainger to anyone who needs a brilliant mind to defend them. He is worth his weight in gold. ”
“A talented advocate who cross-examines with tact and skill.”
Legal 500, 2018
“As the dust starts to settle around both my family and I, I would once again like to thank you for the massive effort and consolidated concentration that you committed to as acting as my “Defence” for the trial.
I have never experienced such a traumatic sequence of events or felt so vulnerable, however your calmness and attention to detail, was comforting and provided a vision of hope. We all appreciate your sleepless nights and time commitment in bringing the case to Justice, quite simply we [my family] are forever grateful…..”
“In my many years at the bar and sitting on the bench that was one of the finest speeches I have ever heard”
“I have heard many speeches in all of my years in practice including some of the best ever given at the Old Bailey. Yours was in my top three”
Co-Defending QC

Alistair J G Grainger


Oxford , City of London

01865 260230 x 6238

Areas of law:

Advisory & Consultancy Work, Appeals Against Conviction and Sentence, Assault and Offences Against the Person, Firearm Offences, Fraud and Financial Crime, Sexual Offence Solicitors, Drug Trafficking and Other Drug Offences, Homicide, Military Law, Internet Law and Computer Crime, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Inquests, Regulatory Law, Robbery, Burglary, Theft and Handling

Alistair is a barrister, and is based at the Oxford office of our integrated Chambers.  Although called to the Bar in 1998, Alistair practiced as a solicitor between 2002 and 2005. He then returned to independent practice at the criminal bar heading up the crime team in chambers at 13KBW, before joining Reeds in 2014.

During the course of his practice, Alistair has prosecuted and defended at the highest levels. He has appeared in countless trials for some of the most serious offences seen before the Crown Court, including murder, attempted murder, gross negligence manslaughter, conspiracy to rape, rape, fraud, death by dangerous driving, conspiracy to supply class A drugs, blackmail, and kidnap to name just a few.  He has also defended clients in Courts Martial, and made numerous appearances at the Court of Appeal.

A naturally gifted advocate, Alistair is particularly renowned for his flair in the courtroom.  He has an undeniable ability to connect with juries, no matter what the circumstances of the case he is presenting.  He skillfully conducts examination in chief and cross examination of both professional and lay witnesses, and his speeches are always presented with the utmost care and passion.

In accordance with the Solicitors’ Regulatory Transparency Rules for motoring offences we confirm that Alistair J G Grainger charges Level A hourly rates.


Criminal Bar Association


Employed Advocate of the Year 2018 – Bar Council Employed Barrister Awards

Notable Cases

R v JA 2012: High profile threats to kill trial involving cross examination of Nigel Farage.

R v AH 2013: Operation Bullfinch trial at the old Bailey. The largest trial to date concerning sexual grooming and conspiracy to rape. Led by Mark George QC.

R v GN 2014: Murder. Instructed as junior alone.

R v JG 2016: Manslaughter. Death of a 14m infant. Led by Tracy Ayling QC.

R v NK 2016: Operation Sabaton (Bullfinch 2) large scale sexual grooming / rape allegations led by Tracy Ayling QC.

R v NK 2017/18 Operation Silk (Bullfinch 3) large scale sexual grooming/ rape allegations. Junior alone.

R v AS 2018 Operation Newton. Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in a murder case. Leading Junior.

R v DB 2018 Incest, rape & sexual assault. Junior alone.

R v MJ 2018 Operation Marathon. Multi-handed Modern Slavery. Junior alone.

2019 R v MP. High profile trial of media celebrity charged with sexual offence. Junior alone.

2019 R v WN. High profile trial of serial sex offender against vulnerable complainant with acute needs. Junior alone.

2019 R v KS. Operation Behest. Multi handed murder. Led by Michael Borrelli QC (3RB)

2019 R v NK. Operation Silk 3. (Bullfinch 4). Multi Handed sexual grooming and conspiracy to rape. Led by Tracy Ayling QC (2 Bedford Row).

2019 R v AJ. Operation Navigator. Multi Handed murder and conspiracy to defraud. Junior alone.

2019 R v BR. Operation Kane. Murder. Led by Michael Borrelli QC (3RB).