Alex accepted a tenancy at 18 St John Street Chambers upon successful completion of his pupillage in 2023.
Immediately before pupillage, Alex was employed full-time as Litigation Assistant at Kennedys, a global law firm specialising in insurance law. Here, he was able to develop relationships with both solicitors and clients – an important skill when practising at the criminal bar.
Before that, Alex gained experience working in the Court of Appeal as a Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Coulson, splitting his time between the criminal and civil division. Responsibilities included drafting Bench Memorandum, a preparatory document designed to assist the bench with evaluating the merits of an appeal, as well as considering permission to appeal applications and undertaking legal research into complex areas of law.
The opportunity to learn from the country’s most senior judges and experienced advocates alike has enhanced Alex’s written and oral advocacy, further equipping him with the skills demanded of a criminal advocate.
Alex also has experience as a volunteer at Greater Manchester Law Centre where he helped vulnerable people appeal against DWP decisions to refuse welfare benefits. He provided practical support throughout the process, from drafting the initial grounds of appeal up until representing clients at an inquisitorial tribunal. This role enhanced his ability relate to wide cross-sections of society. Alex takes pride in his personable, down-to-earth nature.
Outside of work, Alex is a keen musician trained in both classical and jazz piano. He enjoys composing and producing his own music, as well as playing as a session musician.