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Dr Alexis Dite

Dr Alexis Dite

Call: 2008

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Alexis acts in both criminal and regulatory cases, with an emphasis on criminal cases dealing with financial crime and regulatory cases dealing with the fitness to practice of regulated professionals. He also has experience in the conduct of sensitive and complex internal investigations, including those involving potential breaches of money laundering regulations or international sanctions.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Alexis has presented cases on behalf of regulators at hearings determining the fitness to practice of a range of professionals: from Head Teachers accused of dishonesty to Psychologists accused of breaching professional boundaries. He has presented cases involving complex technical issues related to the alleged lack of competence of various medical professionals including Radiographers, Biomedical Scientists, and Paramedics. Alexis spent two years working in the regulatory department of a leading law firm (2017-2019). In addition, Alexis was seconded to the General Medical Council for eight months (2012-2013) where he acted as a legal adviser in the Fitness to Practice division. In this role he provided legal advice on the merits of complaints, devised investigation strategies, instructed experts, and took statements from witnesses, including bereaved parents and the heads of medical institutions.

  • (2019) Presented the case against a Head Teacher accused of dishonesty relating to financial procedures at his school.
  • (2019) Presented the case against a Biomedical Scientist accused of misconduct relating to the safe storage of blood.
  • (2019) Presented the case against a Head Teacher accused of failing to disclose her relationship with a sex offender.
  • (2018) Presented the case against a Paramedic accused of misconduct in relation to her handling of pregnant patients and the dishonest falsification of records.
  • (2018) Presented the case against a Radiographer accused of lack of competence, the case involved complex technical evidence.
  • (2018) Presented the case against a Social Worker said to be involved in a fraudulent scheme involving the procuring of contracts for companies owned by family members.
  • (2018) Presented the case against a Social Worker accused of entering into a sexual relationship with a service user.
  • (2017) Presented the case against a Paramedic accused of lack of competence.

Financial Crime

In the field of financial crime, Alexis has worked in the International Trade team of a major law firm (2019-2020) advising companies on relevant aspects of criminal law. In addition, he spent over two years working with an offshore firm specialising in acting for financial regulatory authorities in the conduct of investigations and for financial institutions on investigations and remediation projects.

Before his legal career Alexis obtained a PhD in mathematics and so is particularly adept at dealing with complex financial information.

  • (2020) Conducting an internal investigation into a potential fraud at a UK corporate.
  • (2019-2020) Advising a multinational corporate on potential liability for bribery and corruption offences.
  • (2019) Advising an AIM-listed corporate on potential liability for insider dealing and market abuse.
  • (2016-2017) Conducting an internal investigation into an off-shore financial institution’s potential breaches of UN and EU sanctions and conducting the subsequent review of the company’s adherence to AML regulations.
  • (2013-2015) Helping to lead a team in the conduct of a complex, highly sensitive, multi-jurisdictional investigation into one of the world’s leading banks. The case required a detailed understanding and application of an offshore jurisdiction’s anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing regulatory framework.
  • R (Rawlinson & Hunter) v SFO (2012) Instructed by the SFO and the Treasury Solicitor’s Department in relation to the judicial review of the application for search warrants arising from the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the Icelandic bank, Kaupthing.
  • (2011) Instructed by the FSA (FCA) as ‘independent counsel’ to review material potentially subject to legal professional privilege.
  • Operation Saturn (2010) Instructed to assist the FSA (FCA) with disclosure in a complex insider dealing prosecution.

Crime

Alexis has been instructed to prosecute and defend jury trials in the Crown Court in relation to a wide range of criminal offences. At the start of his legal career, he gained particular experience representing union members encountering the criminal justice system for the first time and for whom a criminal conviction would mean the end of their careers.

Additional Information

Alexis was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2016.


Education

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Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE), City

PhD, Mathematics, Edinburgh

MMath, Mathematics, Oxford

Memberships

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Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Fraud Lawyers Association

Criminal Bar Association