Alex is head of specialist family law barristers Chambers, 4 Paper Buildings and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge. He is recommended as a leading Queens Counsel in family law by both of the leading legal directories, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.
Alex has been practising as a barrister for over 25 years and specialises in complex and serious children cases. In particular; child fatalities and significant injuries and serious abuse with disputed medical evidence and often with linked criminal proceedings; allegations of sexual abuse; including false allegations; factitious illness; intractable contact disputes and leave to remove from the jurisdiction.
He was instructed by the children in reputedly the longest running care case in English legal history.
Alex also has extensive experience in Inquiries both Public and Part 8, e.g. representing one of the local authorities in the Climbie Inquiry, being Counsel to the Isle of Man Commission of Inquiry into the Care of Young People and regularly advises a number of local authorities in Part 8s.
Alex advises local authorities on policy issues and the media in relation to various aspects of family law.
Alex regularly lectures at family law conferences and provides training for judges, solicitors, psychiatrists and social workers. He writes for various publications including Family Law Week, Solicitors Journal and New Law Journal.
Alex is committed to all forms of dispute resolution and is trained as a collarborative lawyer. He trained as a mediator with ADR Groupin 2011 and mediates in family disputes involving children and finances.
Alex is fluent in French.
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Affiliate Member of Resolution
Fellow of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Central London Collaborative Forum