Shortlisted for Chambers & Partners Professional Negligence Junior of the Year 2015
“Notable for having a very relaxed demeanour, that masks a ferocious intellect”, Alex is a strong, modern, commercial litigator known for leading and working well in large teams of litigators. He is recognised for providing clear advice and calm tactical guidance, and for setting and delivering strategic goals. Alex prides himself in developing strong working relationships and in quickly gaining the confidence of those instructing and working with him, including those from other jurisdictions.
The breadth and strength of Alex’s practice and expertise is reflected in his ranking by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 in 2014 as a leading junior across four significant areas of work:
Banking & Finance (Legal 500) and Financial Services (C&P)
Chancery Commercial (C&P, where his handling of offshore trust disputes is specifically mentioned)
Civil Fraud (C&P)
Professional Negligence (both Legal 500 and C&P).
Nominated for Professional Negligence Junior of the Year in the 2015 Chambers UK Bar Awards, Alex is also the only member of chambers ranked for Chancery Commercial work and for Civil Fraud work. He is our only practising junior barrister ranked for Banking & Finance work. He is our only senior junior ranked in four separate areas of work.
The current editions of the directories quote clients, opponents and leaders saying about Alex:
"He's just got everything, and is fantastically hard-working. He has the most reassuring presence in court."
"He is incredibly bright, brilliant with clients and is very good at explaining things in a clear manner even if they are quite complicated."
"First-rate work - he always keeps you in the loop, is very clear in conference and is good on the strategy."
"He's excellent. Client-friendly and hard-working, he's also fun, which is important."
"He has a wonderful, elegant style of advocacy and a calmness under pressure."
Alex has been ranked by the directories as a leading junior for many years. According to past editions of the two directories, Alex is also appreciated for being “able to quickly assimilate large and complex matters and has an excellent manner in front of clients”. He is also a “great team player”, “a very talented intellect” who does “sterling work”, is “very client friendly”, “responsive”, “excellent to deal with on a day to day basis”, and has a “user friendly attitude in cases”.
Much of Alex’s work is financial in nature, involving banking, financial products, pensions, tax and trusts disputes both on and offshore. A number of recent cases have involved disputes within IFA networks and due to consolidation within the financial services market.
Alex also practises across a wide range of professional liability work acting to bring and defend claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, valuers, insurance brokers, tax advisers, pensions advisers, independent financial advisers and other financial services professionals. In 2012-13 he was instructed in the case identified by the Lawyer as the “largest professional negligence” case of the year, Langstone Leisure v Pannone LLP. In 2012 he achieved the summary dismissal of a US$50m claim against KPMG in the Commercial Court. He is presently defending a claim relating to the management of Standard Life’s portfolio of shopping centres, and pursuing a claim for Barclays relating to the valuation of the Von Essen hotel group.
Alex benefits from having trained and spent his early years in practice in renowned chancery commercial chambers. He therefore also has broad experience of company, partnership, insolvency, pensions, and property disputes. He takes and defends claims against fiduciaries or those acting for or advising them, particularly professional company directors, trust administrators, and trustees. These actions are frequently conducted in offshore jurisdictions. Related insurance claims are a further area of expertise, Alex having acted for Excess Insurers in the recent Commercial Court dispute brought by Rathbones and Mr Egerton-Vernon, in relation to the cover available to him when acting in his capacity as a personal trustee of the Walker trusts in Jersey.
Alex’s particular expertise is in handling complex, multi-party, document heavy litigation in which he frequently leads more junior counsel. A significant proportion of his cases involve advancing or defending allegations of civil fraud. He is regularly instructed at short notice to seek, resist or discharge urgent injunctive and other pre-emptive relief, including freezing injunctions, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust orders. In one year alone he had more than 20 such applications ranging across numerous jurisdictions.
Alex’s practice has a distinctly international flavour, having acted in disputes from Africa to Fiji, from St Lucia and the Cayman Islands to the Channel Islands, and from the BVI to Mauritius. He has acted as sole counsel in appeals to the Privy Council from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. He frequently travels abroad to meet clients, to appear in court, or to support local counsel. Born in Sweden and spending part of his childhood in Singapore and then Malaysia, he is comfortable in an unfamiliar environment and enjoys travel and working with clients and lawyers in different jurisdictions.
Alex is a member of COMBAR, the Chancery Bar Association, the Professional Negligence Bar Association, the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association and the South Eastern Circuit. He undertakes work for the Bar Pro Bono Unit in London. He is in the process of being called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), and registering as an advocate in the courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Alex wrote the “Property, Planning and Environment” chapter of Leigh-Ann Mulcahy’s Human Rights and Civil Practice (Sweet and Maxwell, London 2001)
B.A. (Bristol) Dip. Law