Alison Levitt QC

Alison Levitt QC

"An excellent advocate who assimilates all the evidence in a case really quickly. Clients find her really calm and reassuring."

Chambers UK 2021
Year of call: 1988 QC: 2008
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Public Prosecution

Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions (2009 – 2014)

Advising DPP and making serious decisions in the top layer of CPS cases in terms of gravity, sensitivity and media interest. Acknowledged expert in prosecution of serious sexual offences.

Major cases:

  • R v. Brooks & Others (News of the World Phoen hacking cases)
  • R v. Levi Bellfield
  • Investigating CPS failure to charge Jimmy Savile whilst he was alive and writing a report which the then-DPP described as a “watershed moment” for the Criminal Justice System;
  • National security cases at the top level

Advocacy as Principal Legal Advisor

Alison conducted cases as counsel in the Court of Appeal on behalf of the DPP, where there were serious issues of principle for the CPS. For example Mitchell [2014] 2 Cr. App. R 17, which was concerned with the limits of the offence of misconduct in a public office. The prosecution lost but the Court was complimentary (“advanced with characteristic skill…. by Miss Levitt” – Sir Brian Leveson PQPD)

She was the expert on ‘Double Jeopardy’ cases (fresh evidence appeals against acquittals); during her five years she conducted every DPP application to the Court of Appeal in this category of case.

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