Alexander MacMillan

Call: 2015


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).

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.

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.

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • 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)


  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Employment Lawyers Association member
  • St Philips Employment Group; Personal Injury Group and Junior Commercial Team

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.

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