Alex Hall Taylor
Commercial Dispute Resolution
Alex has a strong commercial practice with particular emphasis on substantial, document-heavy group litigation, financial disputes and the issues and claims arising from corporate mismanagement and collapse. His practice now involves a good mixture of being instructed as sole counsel, leading a team or working with a leader.
Alex acts and advises in all forms of commercial dispute from contractual claims to fall-outs between directors, shareholders or partners. He frequently acts in civil fraud and tracing claims, often with an international element. He has extensive experience of pre-emptive and tracing remedies (both within the UK and abroad) such as freezing injunctions, pre-action disclosure orders, search orders, and applications for and against banking institutions to reveal customer identity and asset information.
Alex will happily work outside the UK if required. His work to date has taken him to Kenya, Mauritius, Canada, the BVI, the Cayman Islands and St Lucia. He has conducted appeals to the Privy Council as sole advocate.
Alex regularly actively participates in alternative methods of dispute resolution, and adds value through results based advisory input and his recognition of the need to adopt a different advocacy style in mediation.
Recent and reported commercial cases include:
- Representing Barclays Bank and the Bank of Nova Scotia in a group claim worth in excess of £20million relating to a failed UK pension liberation scheme and offshore trust and administration services (the Stax litigation).
- The pursuit for Santander of more than a dozen interim applications for freezing and disclosure orders in the recovery of more than £2.5million stolen in a series of connected mortgage frauds.
- Assisting local counsel in Mauritius in a $50million dispute arising from the collapse of a spot Forex trading operation in South Africa and Denmark.
- Appearing before the Privy Council in an appeal from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court relating to sums owed under a construction contract and the entitlement to interest (Maurice v Leriche  All ER (D) 264 (Jan)) and concerning issue estoppels/res judicata (Prospere v Prospere (2007) 69 WIR 278).
- Representing Cambridge City Football Club in its successful counterclaim (and subsequent appeal) against former directors for breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and fraud in the sale of the club’s ground (Ross River Ltd v. Cambridge City Football Club Ltd  1 All ER 1004).
- Representing the proprietor director of an Iveco truck dealership in a London Mercantile Court dispute over his personal guarantee following the dealership’s entry into administration.
- A claim concerning the attempt to secure the grant of a UK general sales agency for a national airline by the attempted bribe of a government official.
Reference should also be made to Alex’s Chancery profile, particularly in relation to corporate governance and trust related disputes.