Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew CBE, QC

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Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew CBE, QC



Queen's Counsel



  • CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to national security

  • Deputy High Court Judge (sits in the Administrative Court)

  • Recorder of the Crown Court

  • Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation (2001-2011)

  • Independent Reviewer of National Security arrangements in Northern Ireland

  • Chair, Northern Ireland Committee on Protection

  • Chair, Competition Appeal Tribunal

  • President of the Howard League for Penal Reform 2006-2012

  • President, The Security Institute

  • Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust 

  • Chairman, Living and Dying Well (Public policy 'think tank' whose aim is to promote reasoned discussion and to publish evidence-based information on the laws relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide)

  • Chairman of Lloyd's Enforcement Board (Lloyd's of London)

  • Patron of No Panic (Charity assisting those suffering from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, other related anxiety disorders)

  • Patron of Concord Prison Trust (Charity dedicated to prison education and rehabilitation through self knowledge).

  • Trustee of the White Ensign Association (Naval Charity).

  • Member of Council, Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College.

  • Lay member of the General Medical Council from 1989 to 1999 and former Chairman of the GMC's committee to improve procedure in conduct cases.

  • Deputy Chief Steward, City of Hereford

  • Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford (1994 - 2009)

  • Non-executive director of the listed major agricultural merchanting company, Wynnstay Group plc, since 1998.

  • Director: SC Strategy Ltd

Practice Areas and Specialisations

Lord Carlile's practice is focused upon serious crime, local government and public law, including licensing and planning and professional discipline (including medical and associated professions).


He has a particular interest in issues relating to parliamentary privilege and conduct.


He specialises in the civil and criminal aspects of major commercial fraud cases, generally involving tens of millions of pounds, and he has appeared in many leading criminal cases.


He is currently engaged by a leading firm specialising in white collar crime in an alleged tax avoidance fraud involving the trade of large numbers of high-value carbon credits.


He has an interest in proscription (banned organisations) and offers advice to such organisations. He has recently been advising a foreign political organisation of its legal status in the USA. On instructions and working closely with American lawyers he made representations to the US government lawyers and officials regarding the organisation's legal status.


Lord Carlile also has a particular interest in mental health issues, was a co-founder of the Welsh charity Rekindle and has chaired the Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament on mental health legislation.


As the President of the Howard League for Penal Reform, he chaired the 2006 inquiry into the use of physical restraints, strip searching and seclusion of children in custody.


He is a co-founder of the British Hungarian Criminal Policy Symposium (this was an initiative between Lord Carlile and leading academics at Eotvos Lorand University Budapest. It assisted the Hungarian legal system out of the Soviet era, for example playing a part in the establishment of a probation service there.)

Lord Carlile is qualified to receive instructions through direct professional access. 

Education and Qualifications

Epsom College
LL.B, AKC Kings College London
Honorary L.LD Manchester Metropolitan University
Honorary LL.D ­University of Glamorgan
Honorary LL.D Hungarian Institute of Criminology
Fellow of Kings College London
Visiting Parliamentary Fellow at St Anthony's College Oxford, 2011


Criminal Bar Association
1983 - 1997 Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire
1999 - Member of the House of Lords
Door Tenant at 1 Stanley Place, Chester
Door Tenant at St Johns Buildings, Manchester and Liverpool


Some French

Cases of Interest

R v Hazell, 2013. Tia Sharpe murder.

R v. Rastogi and others
, 2008. London Metal Exchange fraud of £680 million. 

R v. Vilday and others, 2008. The trial of the three witnesses whose false evidence had helped to convict the "Cardiff Three" for murder. 

Morecambe Bay Cocklers' case, 2006. Acquittal of a fish merchant, on charges of assisting illegal immigrants. 

R v. Palmer and others, 2003. Over a period of about eight years the defendant conspired with others to defraud owners of timeshare properties by falsely representing their investment potential. The largest timeshare fraud tried to date. 

R v. Paul Burrell, 2002. Represented the butler to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who was acquitted of theft from the Princess's estate. 

RBNB v. Cheshire Licensing Justices (licensing case in the House of Lords), 2001. Re the company's entitlement to refuse to name its shareholders upon application for a licence transfer. 

R v. Regan and others, 1999-2003. The Co-operative Wholesale Society corruption trial, defence of a City solicitor.

The case of Detective Chief Inspector Elmore Davies, an officer featured in the BBC series about Merseyside Police, 1998. Prosecuted the officer on charges of serious police corruption.

Peter Moore, the "Man in Black", 1996. Prosecuted North Wales serial killer on charges of multiple murder.

Reported Cases

RBNB v. Cheshire Licensing Justices [House of Lords], the leading case on disclosure of ownership in relation to licensed premises (2001).


Lord Carlile has published a number of notable reports, including:

In his role as the government's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, he wrote the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism's Annual Report 2009 (please see PDF attached to this profile)

The Definition of Terrorism

Checks on Terrorism Laws

He is the author of approximately 25 reports undertaken on behalf of the Home Office on various aspects of law and policy.

He was Chair of the Carlile Review, appointed in 2000 by the National Assembly for Wales to review safeguards for children and young people treated and cared for by the NHS in Wales and is the author of the resulting report "Too Serious a Thing" published in 2002.

Lord Carlile has authored numerous newspaper articles including:

The Sun - Terror law axe 'risks a new 7/7', 3 January 2011. Lord Carlile comments on the government's proposal to scrap control orders.
Click here to read article

The Telegraph - A new type of control order is essential, Alex Carlile, 29 November 2010
Click here to read article 

The Independent - Alex Carlile: Overlords of US torture must be punished, 19 April 2009

The Guardian - A mental block in policy, 28 April 2008. Lord Carlile talks to the Guardian columnist Marcel Berlins about the mental health issues affecting significant numbers of the UK's prison population.
Click here to read article 

The Independent - Alex Carlile: Terrorvision, 11 February 2007
Click here to read article 

The Times Online - In full: Lord Carlile report on Terrorism Bill, 12 October 2005


Associated Work

Lord Carlile QC was briefed by Ealing Abbey to conduct an inquiry into decades of child abuse at St. Benedict’s School in West London. He concluded that a major cause of the failure to detect, investigate and stop the abuse was the fact that the school was under the total control of the Benedictine monks at Ealing. The Abbey and the school accepted Lord Carlile’s recommendations that governance of the school should pass over to an Independent Trust. It was also recommended that reforms needed to be more widely adopted in schools with similar governance structures.

Broadcast Media
Lord Carlile broadcasts frequently on issues of law and politics and has appeared on:

Any Questions

World at One


The Today Programme

World Tonight

Various broadcast media programmes outside of the UK

The Press TV Global News interview of 28th April 2010, entitled Press TV Face to Face,­ Lord Alex Carlile can be viewed online.


Lord Carlile travels extensively lecturing and giving speeches, particularly concerning counter-terrorism legislation. Previous engagements have included locations in the UK, USA, Hungary, Canada, Australia and Dubai.

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