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I was really impressed and really pleased with our result. Alex was brilliant.

Higgs Newton Kenyon Solicitors

Alex completed his pupillage at 1MCB. His interests range across crime, social welfare law and human rights, in particular where those areas impact on vulnerable parties, or minorities.

He maintains a broad criminal practice and has acted in trials involving fraud, drugs, weapons and violence. He is further familiar with POCA proceedings, and has acted at parole hearings for extended sentence prisoners convicted of serious crimes. He accepts instructions in actions against the police, challenging assaults, unlawful imprisonment, or unlawful searches and seizures during criminal investigations.

Alex also specialises in immigration and housing law, with a wide experience of acting in immigration appeals, possession proceedings, and homelessness challenges both in the County Court, and on judicial review. He can advise on the intersection of these areas with community care law, and on comparable issues of public law.

He regularly volunteers with charities assisting those that particularly need  legal help. For example, the charity Evolve and their work on sentencing in Uganda; the Matrix-City School Exclusions project; the Free Representation Unit; the Centre for Criminal Appeals; and Reprieve.

Crime

Alex maintains a broad criminal practice and has acted in trials involving fraud, drugs, weapons and violence. He is further familiar with POCA proceedings, and has acted at parole hearings for extended sentence prisoners convicted of serious crimes.

He accepts instructions in actions against the police, challenging assaults, unlawful imprisonment, or unlawful searches and seizures during criminal investigations.

Alex also volunteers with the charity Evolve, which currently provides pro bono criminal justice development consultancy advice in Uganda. He has presented research into sentencing patterns in criminal courts in Uganda to the Ugandan judiciary, has advised on domestic and international safeguards surrounding the death penalty, and has assisted drafting submissions in capital appeals. He has a wider interest in the ethics and comparative practice of capital jurisdictions.

Additionally, he has volunteered with the Centre for Criminal Appeals, helping to build CCRC applications for potentially innocent clients; as part of City University’s Pakistan Death Row Project, voluntarily compiled reports on international death penalty jurisprudence; and volunteered at Reprieve for a year or so, where he worked on cases with a death penalty and international human rights dimension. He also assisted the Reprieve Africa team with the Malawi Resentencing Project.

Recent cases

  • R v H – possession of a taser under Firearms Act 1968 5(1)(b);
  • R v O – possession of cannabis with intent to supply;
  • R v P – possession of cocaine.

Housing

Alex has a wide experience of acting in possession proceedings, and homelessness challenges both in the County Court, and on judicial review. He can advise on the intersection of these areas with community care law, and on comparable issues of public law.

Recent cases

R (Olumide) and Mayor and Burgesses of Royal Borough of Greenwich – homelessness appeal concerning the application of Haile​ to the applicant, whose pregnancy would have caused loss of accommodation in any event. JR conceded, Applicant’s costs paid.

Education

Alex studied Classics at UCL, and received an MPhil in Ancient Philosophy from Cambridge.

He undertook the GDL, followed by the BPTC, at City University, achieving a Distinction, and an Outstanding, respectively.

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