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Alexander Robson



Alexander enjoys a burgeoning reputation in his two core areas of practice: commercial litigation and employment law.Recognised by Chambers & Partners as "very bright and highly proactive", he is said to be"one to watch for the future”.He takes pride in his "hands-on approachand is known for "coming back with tactics instead of just providing abstract legal advice” (Chambers & Partners 2013).

In addition to providing strategic advice and tactics,Alexander is a robust oral advocate. Chambers & Partners describes him as an "incisive cross-examiner"whose "delivery and timing are excellent".

See the individual tabs below for details of his areas of expertise.

Alexander writes and lectures on commercial and employment law. He sits on the committee of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association, and is a member of COMBAR and ELA.

He is co-author of ‘The Path to Pupillage', published by Sweet & Maxwell, which is now in its third edition.



    Commercial Litigation

Alexander's High Court commercial litigation practice covers the range of business disputes including contractual disputesshareholder disputescommercial frauddisputes between directors/senior employees, disputes arising out of JVAsagency disputes (including under the Commercial Agents Regulations), and franchising disputes.

He has experience across a range of industries with particular expertise in the banking, recruitment, sports, publishing and media sectors. Examples of recent cases:

  • Daad Sharab v HRH Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdal-Aziz-Al-Saud [2013] EWHC 2324. High profile Chancery Division trial relating to the sale of a private jet to Colonel Gaddafi by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed. Extensive press coverage. Led by Clive Freedman QC. Succeeding in recovering US$10m.
  • Burntcopper Limited v ITCA [2014] EWHC 148 (Comm). Successfully represented the Claimant in this Commercial Court claim for breach of contract. Sole counsel.
  • IWC GMbH v Usborne Publishing Limited.Successfully represented the Defendant publisher against a claim by German company turning on a point of German law. Sole counsel.
  • Catlin Syndicate Limited -v- Hippo Assekuranz Agentur GmbH.Defending a Commercial Court claim brought by a Lloyd's Syndicate. Sole counsel.
  • Person X v Energy Company Y.Confidential breach of contract claim arising out of facts in Brazil and relating to the interplay between Brazilian constitutional law and English law.

Alexander is co-author, with Charlotte Davies, of the PLC note on Conspiracy.


Alexander has extensive experience of statutory employment litigation, and he is regularly instructed in cases of extreme commercial and/or emotional sensitivity. He has particular experience acting in cases involving businesses in financial services.

Alexander's ET practice covers the range of industrial issues, including unfair dismissal,redundancy (individual and collective)TUPEdiscrimination and whistleblowing. He has experience of cases of all levels of complexity. His EAT experience includes important cases on the effect of s.111 ERA 1996 and Joao v Mesh Computers, in which guidance was given by Cox J on the proper approach to amendment applications.

Recent cases in include:

  • Gebremariam v Ethiopian Airways Limited[2014] UK EAT 0439_12_0402: important EAT decision on the scope of the implied duty of trust and confidence.
  • Advising a major international corporation on the TUPE implications of a cross-border £multi-billion merger. Sole counsel.
  • Successfully defending a major airline in claims for race discrimination. The case received substantial press coverage in the Independent, the Telegraph and BBC News. Judgment reported at [2013] EqLR 552. Sole counsel.
  • Successfully acting for a number of claimants in a complex TUPE claim against a leading financial services provider. Sole counsel.


    High Court Employment

Alexander has extensive expertise in High Court employment litigation covering all aspects of employee competition including restrictive covenants, team moves, breach of confidence and breach of fiduciary duty. He is equally at home acting as sole Counsel or as part of a team.

Recent cases include:

  • Successful application for interim relief to restrain post-termination competition in the financial services sector (QBD). Led by Gavin Mansfield QC.
  • Acting for the Claimant in the property development sector in a claim for breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract and misuse of confidential information (Chancery) (settled). Sole Counsel.
  • Defending a claim for misuse of confidential information, including a claim under the Database Regs in the manufacturing sector (Chancery) (settled). Sole Counsel.
  • Defending a claim for breach of confidence, breach of contract, conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty in the financial services sector (Chancery) (settled). Sole Counsel.
  • Successfully acting for Ede & Ravenscroft in a case concerning misuse of confidential information on Savile Row. Sole Counsel.




The nature of Alexander's business-disputes practice means that issues often arise on a very urgent basis. He is regularly involved in cases requiring the making or resisting of applications for urgent interim relief. Issues arise in the context of both commercial and High Court employment litigation.

Recent cases include:

  • Successful application for interim relief to restrain post-termination competition in the financial services sector (QBD). Led by Gavin Mansfield QC.
  • Successful application for interim relief in the insurance sector in the context of alleged misuse of confidential information.
  • Successfully resisting the threat of interim relief in the property sector in the context of alleged unlawful employee competition.


    Appellate Work

Alexander is an experienced advocate at an appellate level. He has acted for clients in the Privy Council (led by Adam Solomon), the Court of Appeal and the EAT.


    Publications, Education & Legal Awards

Alexander is a contributor toTermination of Employmentand co-author, with Georgina Wolfe, ofThe Path to Pupillage, now in its third edition.

He regularly writes articles for publications and gives seminars on a range of commercial and employment law issues. Please contact Alexander's clerks for all enquiries.

Education and Awards:

  • BA Hons Law (Pembroke College, Cambridge)
  • BPTC (Nottingham Law School)
  • Harold G. Fox Scholarship (6 months working in the litigation of a top Canadian law firm)
  • Winner of Middle Temple Mooting Competition, judged by the then Lord Chief Justice
  • Middle Temple Student of the Year
  • Queen Mother Scholar, Middle Temple
  • Harmsworth Exhibitioner, Middle Temple
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators President's Prize for Excellence in the Study and Application of ADR