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- Legal 500 2015

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- Chambers and Partners 2016

Alec Burns 1988

Alec Burns 1988

Alec has a broad criminal practice, both prosecuting and defending in cases varying from shoplifting to murder.  In recent years his caseload has been made up of more serious offending; sex offences, serious violence and fraud   He also has wide experience of dealing with the ancillary matters inevitably linked to such cases:  Public Interest Immunity, Proceeds of Crime Act applications, anonymity of witnesses and the general public interest in whether a prosecution should happen at all.

In the recent past he has been briefed in cases of:  multimillion pound fraud, Rape of children historic and recent, Rape due to the intoxication of the victim, and near fatal violence.

Having been successful in securing several clients unduly lenient sentences Alec has been involved in a number of Attorney General’s References. For example Attorney General’s Reference No.78 of 2010 [2011] 2 Cr.App.R.(S.) 109 (p.621) , involved the consideration as too the extent current guidelines in sexual offences could be applied to historic offences. It was decided that they could not be applied. That would be to apply guidelines for offences which now carried a longer sentence, a breach of Article 7. However, sentences should reflect what is now known about the harm such offences cause to the victims and their communities.

Alec is a CPS level 4 prosecutor and is able to prosecute rape and sexual offences cases.