Lisa Wilding QC

Lisa Wilding QC is a specialist criminal advocate who both defends and prosecutes, primarily in cases of homicide, fraud, serious drugs offences and serious sexual offences.

Since being appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 2014 Lisa has secured acquittals for her clients on allegations of attempted murder, rape and conspiracy to import drugs. She has particular expertise in complex cases involving covert recordings, cell site evidence and forensic science, particularly DNA.

Having been involved in murder cases at the Old Bailey for over 10 years, her experience in this area includes baby-shaking cases, contract killings, gang related killings and ‘cut-throat’ defences. She is well regarded for her ability to assimilate large volumes of material, for her clear and incisive advocacy and for her ability to instill confidence in her clients.

Lisa has a noted specialisation in complex fraud and financial crime. These cases cover a wide range of offences including offences under the Companies Act, fraud against the Revenue and Customs, diversion fraud, mortgage fraud, corruption, money laundering, and advance fee (or Ponzi ) frauds.  Her recent cases include the successful defence of a multi-million pound allegation of fraudulent trading involving the running of a property company. Further recent instructions  of note include Operation Inertia (largest MTIC ever prosecuted), Operation MFB (£25m MTIC fraud), Operation Savate (£5m Construction Industry  Scheme Fraud in the Midlands and North West).

Lisa has many years experience in intelligence-led cases involving the investigation of serious crime. In particular, she has successfully defended clients charged with serious drugs conspiracies involving covert police operations, ‘probe’ recordings and cellsite evidence.

Lisa is also regularly instructed in the most serious sexual cases and those involving young or vulnerable witnesses and defendants, or where capacity is in issue. In addition, she has considerable experience of appellate and advisory work.  Lisa is known for her meticulous preparation, clear advice, excellent client-handling and collaborative team approach.

Recent cases


  • R v I – successful defence of attempted murder charge involving alleged contract killing and ‘hit’. Successful submissions at the close of the prosecution case arising from flaws in police investigation.
  • R v J – successful defence of man charged with 9 others with a murder by stabbing involving complex cell site evidence and a cut-throat defence.
  • R v B – successful defence of allegation to import drugs with a street value of £26m. Case involved many defendants involved in European-wide movement of drugs, prosecution relied upon covert recordings and surveillance. Case went to retrial following hung jury and client was acquitted.
  • R v G – successful defence of allegation of participating in a fraudulent business under s.9 Fraud Act 2006, arising from the collapse of a property investment business involving several million pounds. Successfully raised and argued legal submissions at close of prosecution case that led to acquittal on all charges.
  • R v A – appeared for young, deaf male with learning difficulties who was not fit to plead, on an allegation of rape of a vulnerable female also with learning difficulties who lacked capacity to consent to sexual acts. The case involved very complex issues arising under the Mental Capacity Act and competing psychological evidence. Conviction overturned following successful legal submissions in the Court of Appeal.
  • Rv M – successful defence of father charged with historic serious sexual offences on his daughter. Case involved complex issues of false memory syndrome and expert psychological evidence.
  • R v R – successful defence of solicitor facing allegations of commercial mortgage fraud. Also represented the defendant in concurrent proceedings before the SRA.
  • R v P -Instructed as leading counsel in a substantial MTIC fraud involving international trading chains. (Operation Forbear). Negotiated limited pleas and advanced detailed mitigation that resulted in lesser sentence being passed than those imposed on comparable co-defendants.
  • R v D – Instructed (as leading counsel) in a multi-handed Construction Fraud across the Midlands and North-West of England.


  • Currently instructed to prosecute 7 defendants in double murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.
  • Currently instructed to prosecute defendant charged with murdering his wife.
  • R v C – successful prosecution of cold-case rape involving disputed LCN DNA evidence. Extremely complex scientific evidence was challenged in an extensive voir-dire. Successfully resisted defence submissions in the Court of Appeal . Case is now a leading authority on the use and interpretation of LCN DNA and the application of Part 33 of the Criminal Procedure Rules. (R v C [2011] 3 All E.R 509)

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