WELCOME to the Alistair Kelman website. It has been some time in the making, but at last it is here. If you already know me and how I work and live then you will then know that you are welcome here; welcome to browse, read, register, download, subscribe, comment, commune and contribute.
The site is intended to be the best place to contact me and seek my views. You can also follow me on Twitter (see my latest Tweets).
So this site is alikelman.com and I am best known as Ali Kelman
What do I do?
Today this site records the work I did as a barrister in private practice from 1979 until 2000, as an independent Forensic Computing expert witness in the years thereafter and as a Consultant in all aspect of computers and law. I am also an engineer and an inventor - I have four granted UK patents and a granted US patent to my name and a pending patent application in the EU too.
On this site there is information on how I helped people sort out any problem they had with the reliability of computer evidence. Today you may be having unreliable computer evidence cited against you in the courtroom. Or you may be wishing to bring proceedings and want to know how to prepare your digital evidence for use in the courtroom - see my article on "Chicken and Egg Disclosure".
My first book, written with Richard Sizer of the British Computer Society, was called "The Computer in Court". A slightly revised version of it is available as a free download here.
For an example of the kind of things that I used to do take a look at this judgement of the High Court in Antigua. I was instructed by Martin Kenney and Company to be their independent expert in the action against the UK firm Vantis the UK's 12th largest accountancy firm, who had been appointed as liquidators in the collapse of the Stanford Investment Bank (SIB) . My evidence, as referred to in the judgment, was preferred by the court and, as a consequence, Vantis were dismissed as liquidators. As a direct consequence Vantis lost a $100 Million liquidation contract went into administration and new liquidators have been appointed. For some more recent work and the potential consequences in global litigation feel free to e-mail me to start up a discussion.
Outside of consultancy roles, I have worked closely with solicitors and barristers - but I have always been independent of them. There are very interesting funding propositions arising around the world in civil actions arising out of complex frauds - see, for example, this Wired article about the work done by Martin Kenney and Company
If you are wanting to bring a civil case, or defend a criminal case, then I have good working relationships with highly experienced and trusted forensic experts who know how to image computing (and mobile phone) data, prepare reports and give truthful and reliable testemony in all courts.
Take a look at the kinds of cases I have dealt with. If you do not yet have a solicitor to represent you I can help you find a suitable one. If you are looking for a suitable barrister to appear for you in the courtroom I too can suggest practitioners with whom I have worked who are at the top of their game.
Also on this site is a bit of background on me - as well as materials to download. There are articles to download on various legal topics as well as links to useful sites.