Alex handles a wide range of contentious matters. He has extensive experience of High Court litigation, including specialist lists (Commercial Court, Technology and Construction Court and Companies Court), and of alternative methods of dispute resolution, including mediation.
Alex’s experience includes: contractual and tortious disputes; civil fraud and asset recovery (including obtaining injunctive relief); defamation (with particular emphasis on pre-publication advice to charities, campaigning organisations and investigative reporters); privacy and confidentiality; disputes involving charities and their trustees; professional negligence, in particular involving solicitors and accountants; shareholder disputes; partnership disputes; contested probate/legacy disputes; insolvency; health and safety; product liability; building and construction disputes.
Alex is frequently appointed as a Supervising Solicitor on the execution of search orders.
Examples of recent work
- Acting for the claimants in successful proceedings to confirm the validity of their appointment as trustees of a large religious charity
- Acting for the trustees of a religious charity, successfully resisting an application by the trustee in bankruptcy to the charity’s former trustees for payment of charitable funds into the bankrupt estates
- Acting for a defendant subject to a freezing order, in a claim in deceit by a creditor of two insolvent foreign exchange trading companies which were formerly owned and managed by the defendant
- Acting for a defendant subject to freezing and search orders in a claim relating to allegedly fraudulent shipping contracts
- Acted for a PLC in breach of warranty/misrepresentation proceedings and subsequently in a negligence claim against its former solicitors
- Advised an architectural and interior design company in Technology and Construction Court proceedings, settled on favourable terms. Currently in subsequent costs proceedings
- Acting for an international charity in successfully resisting a claim by a former partner organisation for outstanding payments, due under a funding agreement terminated on suspicion of fraud.
- Frequent pre-publication advice to charities, NGOs and others as to the risks posed by campaign materials and other controversial publications
- Advising an international NGO on a challenge to a substantial legacy
- Advising a manufacturer in relation to fatalities involving its products
Qualifications and career
- Magdalen College, Oxford, BA Modern History
- College of Law, London, CPE/Legal Practice Course
- Trainee at Lovells
- Admitted as a solicitor at Lovells in 2002.
- Practised at Olswang
- Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite in 2003
Pro bono, memberships and appointments
- Senior pro bono adviser at the Battersea branch of South West London Law Centres
- Worked closely with Citizens Advice on its campaign highlighting the controversial practice of “civil recovery” by major high street retailers. He acted pro bono for the successful first defendant in the first fully-contested trial of a “civil recovery” claim against an alleged shoplifter [A Retailer v Ms B & Ms K, Oxford County Court, 26-27 April 2012]
- Contributor to the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (on defamation and privacy), the Jordans Charities Service, and frequent BWB client newsletters