Introduction

Alex joined St Philips in 2016, having successfully completed his pupillage under the primary supervision of Elizabeth Hodgetts focusing on Employment Law. He further undertook minor periods of supervision in Insolvency (supervised by Matthew Weaver) and Crime (supervised by Tom Walkling).

Other Interests:

Alex has a personal interest in law practised across different jurisdictions, and the intersection of law and politics/economics. An area of particular interest is the usefulness of human rights as an approach to international development.

He recently visited a Syrian refugee camp in northern Greece, and has previously liaised with a legal NGO in Bangalore (India) working on building understanding between the judiciary and sex workers vulnerable to exploitation.

Prior to commencing his legal training, Alex worked for a year as an advocacy advisor for the AIDS Law Unit of the Legal Assistance Centre in Windhoek, Namibia. His focus was on raising awareness of discrimination against people living with HIV, both in the employment sphere and in other areas of life.


Business and Property

During pupillage Alex worked closely with his commercial supervisor, Matthew Weaver, on cases dealing with possession, breach of directors’ duties and wrongful trading. From September 2016, Alex’s work has included High Court winding up petitions, County Court litigation over the terms of a lease, and mortgage applications. His written advices have dealt with director’s misfeasance/breach of duty in insolvency and the construction of contractual terms in commercial leasehold agreements.

In the hybrid area of commercial/employment law, Alex has advised on restrictive covenants, company insolvency and the transfer of undertakings. In the latter, Alex has appeared for the respondent to an EAT appeal against a transfer of undertakings dismissal, and is due to appear at the Court of Appeal in the same matter.


Employment

In Employment, beginning in his First Six and carrying on into his first year of tenancy, Alex has acted for both Claimants and Respondents in advising and representing clients in preliminary and final hearings. Alex’s growing practice includes experience in public sector respondent work. His areas of experience include:

  • Race and disability discrimination
  • Whistleblowing
  • TUPE disputes
  • Holiday pay
  • Working time
  • Unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims

Alex’s recent Employment experience includes:

  • Defending a local authority in a disability discrimination claim;
  • Representing a claimant in a direct race discrimination claim against a major employer in the West Midlands
  • Defending a large public sector employer against a whistleblowing claim;
  • Successfully representing a claimant in a TUPE unfair dismissal claim.

Personal Injury

In Personal Injury, Alex has experience in small claims, fast-track and interim multi-track hearings. His advisory work ranges from Infant Quantum through to higher value acceleration and exacerbation injuries. He recently represented a claimant in a quantum only hearing concerning life-changing head injuries incurred in a high speed RTA. He has frequently advised on the merits of PI claims brought under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

Education

Undergraduate Degree in English Language & Literature (First Class) - University College London
Mphil European Literature – Starred Distinction (thesis), Distinction overall – University University of Cambridge (Clare Hall)
Modern Languages (French and Italian) PhD – University of Cambridge (Clare Hall)
Graduate Diploma in Law (Merit)- University of Law (Bloomsbury)
Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent)- City Law School (incorporating the Inns of Court Law School)

Appointments and Memberships

Lincoln’s Inn
Employment Lawyers Association member
St Philips Employment Group and Personal Injury Group