Alex joined Monckton Chambers in 2017 following the successful completion of her pupillage. Her practice spans all areas of Chambers’ work: public law, competition, regulatory, and procurement law.
Alex is currently instructed as junior counsel in two of the Lawyer’s “Top 20 cases for 2019”, namely the trucks cartel litigation, and NHS v Servier. She also acts as junior counsel for the proposed class representative in the boundary fares collective proceedings.
As well as acting as part of a counsel team, Alex has experience as sole counsel, including in judicial review proceedings, Human Rights Act claims, commercial disputes and information rights cases.
Alex spent the first year of her practice working at the UK Supreme Court as Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed and Lord Briggs. During this time, she assisted the Justices in a range of high-profile cases across many different areas of law.
Before qualifying as a barrister, Alex graduated from the University of Oxford with a First in Law and French Law, and a Distinction in the BCL. She was graded Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course. After graduating, Alex taught Contract Law at Brasenose College, University of Oxford.
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Administrative & public
Alex has a range of experience of public and administrative law, including in claims for damages under the Human Rights Act, and in judicial review proceedings. She has also successfully represented a young person with special educational needs in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal in a challenge to the young person’s Education Health and Care Plan.
As a Judicial Assistant at the UK Supreme Court, Alex was involved in high-profile public law cases, including the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s challenge to Northern Irish abortion law (In the matter of an application by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for Judicial Review), and the benefit cap case (R (DA and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions).
Alex’s recent and current experience in competition law includes:
- Acting as junior counsel (to Paul Harris QC, Ben Rayment and Michael Armitage) for a major European truck manufacturer in the truck cartel litigation. Alex is involved in both the individual claims and the applications brought under the collective proceedings regime in section 47B of the Competition Act 1998.
- Acting as junior counsel (to Daniel Beard QC and Julian Gregory) for NHS Scotland and Northern Ireland in the NHS’s “pay-for-delay” claims against Servier.
- Acting as junior counsel (to Philip Moser QC and Stefan Kuppen) for the proposed class representative in his application for a Collective Proceedings Order in the “Boundary Fares” claims against the operators of the South Eastern and Southwestern rail franchises.
Commercial and regulatory
Alex (led by Julian Gregory) advised the National Infrastructure Commission in its study into UK’s model of regulation for energy, water and telecoms. The Commission’s report was published in October 2019. Advising on this wide-ranging review has provided Alex with a broad and in-depth understanding of UK economic regulation.
Alex’s other recent regulatory work includes advising the Civil Aviation Authority in a variety of matters.
As a pupil to Valentina Sloane QC and Philip Woolfe, Alex gained extensive experience of public procurement across a range of sectors, including health, defence, travel and culture. She is a member of the Procurement Lawyers Association.
Alex frequently acts in appeals against decisions of the Information Commissioner, and was previously a contributing author to the Freedom of Information Journal.
Education and scholarships
- BA in Law and French Law, Brasenose College, Oxford, First Class Honours
- BCL, Brasenose College, Oxford, Distinction
- BPTC, City Law School, Outstanding
Alex has been awarded a number of scholarships, including:
- Lord Mansfield Scholarship (the highest BPTC award from Lincoln’s Inn)
- City Law School Scholarship for Academic Excellence
- Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
- Barry Nicholas Scholarship for the BCL, Brasenose College, Oxford
- Buchanan Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
- Phoenicia Scholarship, Bar European Group
Alex has worked pro bono for a number of organisations, including the Free Representation Unit and Oxford Legal Assistance.
- Administrative Law Bar Association
- Bar European Group
- Procurement lawyers Association