According to sources for the Directories Alex is appreciated for being “able to quickly assimilate large and complex matters and has an excellent manner in front of clients”. Recognised by Chambers & Partners 2013 for his substantial practice acting on behalf of Claimants, Defendants and insurance panels, he is also “notable for having a very relaxed demeanour, that masks a ferocious intellect”. Alex is a strong modern commercial and chancery litigator who brings commitment, clear analysis, hard work and pragmatic advice to every dispute. He aims rapidly to identify the client’s goals and then to pursue them with a commercially effective strategy.
Recommended as a Leading Junior for Professional Negligence in both the Chambers & Partners Bar Guide and the Legal 500 2013 (and previously), the Directories have in the past quoted clients describing Alex as 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 who has a “user friendly attitude in cases”. He is recognised for providing clear advice, calm guidance and for working well in and leading large teams of litigators. Alex prides himself in developing strong working relationships and in quickly gaining the confidence of those instructing and working with him. He is increasingly instructed as sole or lead counsel against silks.
Much of Alex’s work is financial in nature, involving banking, financial products, pensions, tax and trusts disputes both on and offshore.
Alex practises across a wide range of professional liability work acting both for claimants and defendants in claims against solicitors, barristers, surveyors, accountants, tax advisers and financial services professionals.
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, trusts, pensions, tax, property and landlord and tenant disputes.
Alex’s particular expertise is in handling complex, multi-party, document heavy litigation in which he frequently leads more junior counsel. He is also regularly instructed at short notice to seek urgent injunctive and other pre-emptive relief, including freezing injunctions, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust orders.
Alex’s practice has a distinctly international flavour, having acted in disputes from Africa to Fiji, from St Lucia to the Channel Islands, and from the BVI to Mauritius. 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. He has appeared as sole counsel in a number of appeals to the Privy Council.
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.
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