Specialist in high-value matrimonial finance and claims for financial provision under Schedule 1 to the Children Act. Maintains a broad practice including Trusts of Land claims. Regularly instructed in intervener claims and cases that involve an overlap between family and civil law and procedure. Represents individuals, trustees and companies, has advised in international cases before the courts in Jersey, Gibraltar and Bermuda. Accepts instructions on a direct access basis.

Sits as a Recorder, DDJ in the Financial Remedies Unit of the Central Family Court. Experienced private FDR judge and arbitrator. Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Member of the FLBA, Chancery Bar Association and Resolution. Formerly panel member of Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service.

Specialist in financial remedies, Schedule 1 and TOLATA, with a particular interest in intervener cases involving the overlap between family and civil law. Recent cases include:

FN v AC (Financial Remedy – Agreement) [2019] EWHC 3806 (Fam). View case notes

R v R (Divorce: Interim Maintenance: Circumvention of Sanctions Regime” [2015] EWCA Civ 796; [2016] Fam 153; [2016] 2 WLR 127 
concerned whether an order for periodical payments amounted to evasion of EU sanctions against a sanctioned party based in Russia. View case notes

R v B and Capita Trustees [2017] EWFC 33 [2017] 3 FCR 519 involved significant findings of conduct, litigation misconduct and fraud. View case notes

AB v CD (Jurisdiction: Global Maintenance Orders) [2017] EWHC 3164 (Fam) [2018] 2 FLR 150; [2018] 1 FCR 199 considered the jurisdiction of the court to make global (‘Segal’) orders. View case notes

BC v BG (Financial Remedies) [2019] EWFC 7; [2019] 2 FLR 337, which concerned the routes of challenging an arbitral award. View case notes

Shokrollah-Babaee v Shokrollah-Babae [2019] 1 WLR 6517 view case notes 

Alexander has been appointed as the arbitrator to resolve several arbitrations in financial remedy and TOLATA cases.

Alexander has conducted dozens of FDRs as a deputy district judge sitting at the Financial Remedies Unit in the Central Family Court, as well as other Family Courts, and also undertakes Private FDRs.

Reputation & Awards

"He has an intellectual inquisitiveness and a great grasp of the historical changes in the law." "Deals with cases intelligently and sensibly."

Chambers & Partners, 2021

‘He is precise, concise, and has an excellent manner with clients, solicitors, opponents and the judge.’ – Legal 500, 2022

“Calmly self-assured, highly knowledgeable, and someone who exudes a relaxed, confident presence in court.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021

“He has an intellectual inquisitiveness and a great grasp of the historical changes in the law.” “Deals with cases intelligently and sensibly.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Alex has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and is meticulous in his preparation. Alex has the confidence of his clients and his instructing solicitors.” – Legal 500, 2021

“A superb and seasoned advocate and reads the court well.” – Legal 500, 2021

“Very well respected in the profession as an academic and intelligent barrister who is at the cutting edge of the law.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020

“An extremely gifted and talented advocate who has the ear of the judges and displays impeccable judgement.”- Chambers & Partners, 2020

Maintains a specialised matrimonial practice, acting for high net worth individuals in substantial disputes over assets. He is noted for his handling of complex issues surrounding Schedule 1 and TOLATA applications…”He has incredible presence in the courtroom, and his gravitas carries the day.” – Chambers & Partners 2019

“…has bags of gravitas and authority” – Legal 500, 2019

‘He combines great intellect with good client skills.’ – Legal 500 2018

‘Maintains a specialised matrimonial practice, acting for high net worth individuals in substantial disputes over assets. He is noted for his handling of complex issues surrounding Schedule 1 and TOLATA applications. ‘He’s absolutely the most fabulous detail merchant; he never misses a trick.’ – Chambers & Partners 2017

‘I think of him when an exceptional level of attention to detail is required. His stellar preparation shows in the courtroom. He thinks about it all in advance and so he’s a reassuring advocate to have.’ – Chambers & Partners
‘His knowledge of black-letter law is extremely good.’ – Legal 500, 2015

‘…expert in matrimonial finance and TOLATA matters, as well as Schedule 1 issues and intervener cases. ‘He is very, very good, and a go-to barrister.’ – Chambers & Partners, 2014

‘…thorough and hardworking.’ – Legal 500, 2014

‘…noted by sources for his strength in cohabitation disputes. Interviewees attest that he is ‘strong in court and strong with clients. – Chambers & Partners

‘…whose ‘fast-rising popularity is a testament to his intellect and superb skills as an advocate.’ – Legal 500, 2012

‘…extremely hard-working and a very safe pair of hands.’ – Chambers and Partners, 201 ‘…recommended and offers meticulous preparation.’  – Legal 500, 2011

Awards and Scholarships

Benefactors’ Scholar (Middle Temple)

Education

  • The King’s School, Canterbury
  • Hertford College, Oxford University
  • City University, London

Professional Memberships

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Associate Member of Resolution
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Family Brief

Click here to view Alexander’s website which contains articles on financial remedies and TOLATA, with an occasional blog

Publications

Contributing author to:

  • Halsbury’s Law of England, Vol. 5(4)
  • Butterworths’ Civil Court Precedents
  • Jowitt’s Dictionary of English Law

Recent articles:

    • Can The Court Order Global Maintenance? [2018] Fam Law (forthcoming)
    • Beyond Dodgy: How to Defend an Intervener Claim [2017] Fam Law 1205
    • Strange Bedfellows: Case Management in Sch 1 and TOLATA [2016] Fam Law 1157
    • Family Loans and Intervener Claims: Taking the Bank of Mum and Dad to Court’, [2015] Fam Law 1505
    • ‘The Devil in the Detail: Court Bundles Direction and J v J’ Family Law Week, November 2014
    • ‘Bleak House II: The Interveners’ [2013] Fam Law 821
    • ‘The Law Is Now Reasonably Clear: The Courts’ Approach to Non-Matrimonial Assets’ [2012] Fam Law 163
    • ‘Harmony in Practice: The Relevance of CPR Case Law to the FPR’, [2011] Fam Law 841
    • ‘Quantifying Shares in Jointly Owned Property: Stack v Dowden and Kernott v Jones’, [2010] Fam Law 834

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