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Miss Alexandra Cracknell


Practice Areas


Miss Cracknell practices across all areas of Civil Litigation, particularly within Personal Injury, and is regularly instructed by both Claimants and Defendants in interim applications, disposals and trials in cases allocated to any of the three case management tracks.
Miss Cracknell accepts instructions to draft pleading, advices on quantum and/or liability and aims to return all instructions within seven days.


Miss Cracknell is a Level 1 Crown Prosecutor and acts for both Prosecution and Defence in applications, mentions, POCA applications, appeals, sentences and trials in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court.


Miss Cracknell accepts instructions on behalf of local authorities, parents and guardians and is experienced in children Emergency Protection Orders, care, supervision, adoption and placement applications.

Private Law Children Act proceedings including residence, contact, prohibted steps and specific issue applications.

Non-molestation orders and occupation orders.

Miss Cracknell has been instructed as junior counsel for Sefton Local Authority in a three week finding of fact hearing regarding allegation of sexual abuse both recent and historical. She is familiar with ABE codes of practice and their application


Areas of Practice

Miss Cracknell joined Chambers in January 2016 following successful completion of a common law pupillage under the supervision of Jacqueline Swain. Miss Cracknell was also supervised by Trevor Parry-Jones for criminal law and Clive Baker for family law.

Miss Cracknell has been instructed in cases involving experts and vulnerable witnesses and is accustomed to taking on cases in all areas of her practice at very short notice.

Miss Cracknell practices in civil, family and crime:

Notable Cases

P v Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council (2017)

Miss Cracknell has successfully represented Sefton MBC in the Applicants appeal against the local authoritys refusal to issue an Educational Health Care Plan in respect of her son, a decision which was found to have been the correct one at FTT and ultimately at the UT, following submissions on the legislative framework and identification of the correct legal test for the necessity of doing so.


R v Y (2016)

Miss Cracknell appeared as junior counsel to Anthony Berry QC defending in a complex financial fraud case.


Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council v B & H (2016)

Miss Cracknell appeared as junior counsel to Andrew Loveridge in a finding of fact hearing pertaining to recent and historic child allegations of sexual abuse.


St Helens City Council v B & B (2017)

Miss Cracknell represented the local authority in a seven day finding of fact hearing relating to the causation of a two-month-olds fractured skull.


St Helens City Council v B (2016)

Miss Cracknell represented the local authority in a seven day finding of fact hearing to establish whether a young baby had been shaken and, if so, the identity of the perpetrator.


R v A & Oths (2017)

Miss Cracknell appeared as junior counsel to Erimnaz Mushtaq of Doughty Street Chambers in a six week criminal trial in which the first defendant was charged with murder and the three co-defendants were charged with an affray.


Liverpool City Council v L (2017)

Successfully argued that the 16-year-old child should remain at home under a supervision order rather than a care order.


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