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    Alex joined Chambers in 2020 upon successful completion of his pupillage. As a pupil, he was supervised by Hugh Miall, Adam Cloherty, Daniel Warents, and Edward Cumming QC, and gained a variety of commercial and chancery experience.

    Alex welcomes instructions across all of Chambers’ core practice areas, including insolvency and commercial disputes, civil fraud, company law, trusts, and probate litigation.

    Alex has a number of years’ experience working as a civil and commercial litigator in law firms. He was admitted as a solicitor in 2017, and worked in the Commercial Litigation team at Blake Morgan LLP until he joined Chambers as a pupil in 2019. His first-hand experience of the demands placed on solicitors, and their clients’ need for clear and practical advice, enables him to work effectively with those who instruct him.

    Areas of experience

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    • Arbitration

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of an arbitration relating to a professional adviser’s entitlement to a success fee.

    • Aviation

      Alex is instructed (with Adam Cloherty) in ongoing proceedings relating to the proposed removal of a number of aircraft which have been parked on an airfield for several years.

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of contractual disputes between companies in the aviation industry.

    • Banking and Financial Services

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of:

      • Claims arising from spread-betting contracts
    • Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of:

      • A claim arising from a fraudulent scheme involving the sale of financial instruments;
      • A claim against the directors of a company in liquidation for the return of misappropriated funds;
      • An application for a freezing injunction in respect of monies misappropriated from a company by a former employee;
      • An application for a freezing injunction in support of an unfair prejudice petition;
      • Long-running proceedings in the Commercial Court concerning equitable proprietary claims regarding shares in a number of foreign banks and conflict of laws issues;

      As a solicitor, Alex worked on cases including:

      • A multi-million-pound claim arising from carousel fraud, with proceedings across multiple jurisdictions
      • Advising on claims arising from a Ponzi scheme
    • Commercial Litigation

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of:

      • A range of commercial disputes across a variety of sectors including aviation, IT, agriculture, and the supply of high value consumer goods;
      • A claim for repayment of a commercial loan and a counterclaim in respect of an alleged unfair credit relationship;
      • An application to set aside a writ of control

      As a solicitor, Alex worked on matters including:

      • Contractual claims under regulated and unregulated credit agreements
      • Claims for the recovery of goods
      • Multi-party proceedings relating to allegedly defective vehicles
    • Company

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of:

      • Assisting with unfair prejudice petitions, including assisting Hugh Miall at a six-day trial (George v McCarthy [2019] EWHC 2939 (Ch));
      • Assisting with advising a group of shareholders on pre-emption rights;
      • Claims arising from the sale of companies;
      • An appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council arising from a winding up order made in the BVI on the “just and equitable” ground

      As a solicitor, Alex worked on an unfair prejudice petition and claim for rectification of the register of members of a company, and associated claims between related companies.

    • Insolvency

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of:

      • An application to restrain presentation of a winding up petition;
      • An application to set aside a statutory demand;
      • An application to set aside preferential transactions and/or transactions at an undervalue entered by a company;
      • An appeal against bankruptcy orders;
      • A claim, assigned by the liquidator of a company, against the directors for the return of misappropriated monies;
      • Assisting with advising on the interaction between the insolvency of a partnership and the insolvency of one of its partners

      As a solicitor, Alex worked on:

      • Enforcement proceedings against former company directors following misfeasance proceedings, on behalf of liquidators
    • International & Offshore

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of:

      • An appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council arising from a winding up order made in the BVI on the “just and equitable” ground;
      • Advice to a foreign commercial lender on the impact of English freezing injunctions against the ultimate beneficial owner of a borrower;
      • Advice on the construction of a family trust involving conflict of laws issues relating to domicile and legitimation;
      • Researching the law on rectification of voluntary settlements in Jersey;
      • An application to serve a claim form on a number of defendants out of the jurisdiction;
      • An application to set aside service of a claim form out of the jurisdiction.
    • Partnership and Joint Ventures

      During pupillage, Alex assisted with advising on the interaction between the insolvency of a partnership and the insolvency of one of its partners.

    • Professional Negligence

      During pupillage, Alex assisted with a claim against a company’s former employee in respect of negligently delivered client projects.

    • Real Estate Litigation

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of a claim against the guarantor of a commercial loan for possession of residential property.

    • Trusts, Probate & Estates

      During pupillage, Alex gained experience of:

      • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
      • Advice on the construction of a family trust involving conflict of laws issues relating to domicile and legitimation;
      • Advice to trustees on a proposed application of capital from a sub-fund of a family trust

    Academic and Professional History

    • Solicitor (non-practising) – admitted 2017
    • LLM LPC – University of Law
    • BA Jurisprudence – Lincoln College, Oxford