Alex Young took a double first in history at Oxford, as well as a postgraduate degree, before converting to law at City University in London. He is a Lord Mansfield, Lord Haldane and Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, and has been a member of 7BR since October 2009, having joined chambers at the end of a successful year’s pupillage.
During his legal training Alex won first prize in the annual City Criminal Law Essay as well as first prize in the Lincoln’s Inn Crowther Shield advocacy competition. A piece of research which Alex undertook during pupillage was explicitly praised by Lord Justice Munby in a reported judgment (Re Ward  EWHC 16 (Fam), 1 FLR 1497).
Alex combines a keen eye for detail with outstanding oral and written advocacy, meaning he can analyse the facts and legal issues of a case from its earliest stages, and carry its preparation right through to presenting it in court. He is a popular choice with a number of specialist solicitors. Having embraced chambers’ strong multidisciplinary ethos, Alex acts for individual and major corporate clients alike in a variety of matters within his expertise, both within the United Kingdom and overseas.
As one of the more junior members of the Clinical Negligence team Alex assists more senior members in preparing cases on behalf of Claimants and Defendants. This includes attending interim hearings such as a recent example of attending a costs hearing in the High Court concerning allegations of negligence against a plastic surgeon. He has also carried out pro bono research for Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA). Recently, Alex has been instructed in his own right to consider a potential claim against a GP for an alleged delay in diagnosing cancer, and a claim in respect of a vulnerable adult who sustained fracture injuries in the course of being moved in a care home. Alex is experienced in cross-examining expert witnesses on a variety of subjects, and is willing to consider instructions on a conditional fee basis.
Alex has extensive experience of contractual and negligence actions in the commercial sphere, having been instructed on behalf of a number of individuals and companies in disputes over debt, poor contractual performance (including building disputes) and allegedly inadequate professional services in a variety of fields. Clients have included recruitment, lettings and estate agents, IT companies, fashion designers and textiles manufacturers, food wholesalers, and various individuals ranging from customers to directors and shareholders. Being a seasoned trial advocate, Alex is particularly well-placed to advise in complex factual cases concerning alleged civil or criminal fraud and other related wrongdoing. He has a good eye for detail and is able to advise clients at the very early stages of a case as to how the evidence currently sits and what further investigations should be carried out in order to progress or defend a claim. He has also been briefed to represent clients in mediation. As well as trial advocacy he has successfully undertaken a variety of interim applications including High Court injunctions restraining winding up petitions.
Recent cases have included:
Alex’s financial criminal practice includes an international dimension: he has been instructed to advise in prosecutions brought in Jersey and the Isle of Man. In the latter he was junior counsel in a very large fraud by the fiduciary in a trust services company (AG v B), involving ancillary allegations of money laundering against an Isle of Man solicitor. Alex assisted as junior counsel in the latter case (H v Attorney General  UKPC 4) during the preparation of its appeal to the Privy Council. In 2016, he was the keynote speaker at a two day anti-money laundering seminar convened by the regulatory authorities on St Kitts and Nevis.
Alex has regularly been instructed by reporting professionals in the investigation of companies and individuals where breaches of anti-money laundering law and regulation are suspected. In that role Alex has extensively interviewed directors, money laundering reporting officers and compliance officers of ‘household name’ multinational and offshore companies, and has produced detailed written reports dealing with complex disputes of fact and large volumes of documents. In his most recent instruction (Oct 2018) he was the principal draftsman of a report approximately 250 pages in length.
Alex is a Grade 3 CPS panel prosecutor and regularly receives instructions from CPS Complex Case Units. He has recently (2017-2019) concluded a series of four interlinked prosecutions of ‘county lines’ drugs conspiracies (Operations Umpire 1, 2, Belt and Orchard) as led junior, involving more than twenty defendants and voluminous evidence.
Alex’s criminal practice includes an international dimension: he has been instructed to advise in prosecutions brought in Jersey (2018) and the Isle of Man (2011-2014). In the latter he was junior counsel in a very large fraud by the fiduciary in a trust services company (AG v B), involving ancillary allegations of money laundering against an Isle of Man solicitor. Alex assisted as junior counsel in the latter case (H v Attorney General  UKPC 4) during the preparation of its appeal to the Privy Council. He has also been instructed to investigate an incident involving multiple homicides in an overseas jurisdiction, in which role he interviewed a large number of witnesses who had suffered traumatic experiences.
Alex prosecutes and defends allegations of serious crime.
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Alex is an experienced employment junior who is regularly briefed in substantial claims by both employers and employees. Solicitors and lay clients alike have been impressed with Alex’s work, which has led to a number of repeat instructions on behalf of major clients including one of the UK’s largest construction firms, several NHS trusts and local authorities, as well as a world-famous London art gallery. Alex is a seasoned trial advocate who has been instructed in trials lasting upwards of seven days, including cases of unusual factual and legal complexity. Additionally, Alex has a developing appellate practice, having taken three cases to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (successfully obtaining judgment for the client in each case) and advising in several others. He also lectures regularly on employment law issues and has delivered specialist seminars to large lay and practitioner audiences.
Alex has experience of cases where a dispute has arisen as to whether an employee’s bonus is discretionary or contractual, in the context of both money claims and the circumstances of bonus entitlement leading to a claim for constructive dismissal.
Alex has lectured on employment status as part of the annual 7BR ‘Introduction to Employment Law’ series and has advised a number of companies and individuals concerning this issue, including, in some instances, all the way to a contested trial. As well as acting in cases concerning the respective rights of employees, self-employed workers and the purely self-employed, Alex also has experience of related issues such as zero-hours contracts and continuity of employment. Recent cases which Alex has acted in concerning employment status have included an adventure sports professional who provided outdoor activities for children pursuant to a zero-hours contract with a local authority, a major fashion design company which was in dispute with one of its designers, and a director of a small but highly successful company who was removed from the board against his wishes.
Alex has acted in numerous cases involving allegations of race, sex, disability and age discrimination, both as standalone allegations and as adjuncts to unfair dismissal claims. He has a particular interest in age discrimination following his involvement in the seminal EAT case on the (now repealed) 2006 Age Regulations, Bailey v R&R Plant. He has lectured on discrimination generally as part of the 7BR ‘Introduction to Employment Law’ series, as well as delivering a specialised seminar on age discrimination to a large practitioner audience. More recently he also jointly led a seminar on equal pay which was delivered by chambers to the London Boroughs Legal Alliance Special Interests Group.
Recent cases in which Alex has advised / taken to trial include:
Alex has lectured widely on termination as part of the 7BR ‘Introduction to Employment Law’ series and also recently delivered a specialist seminar on remedies to Essex County Council’s legal department. He has been instructed by employers and employees in a large number of termination cases, including alleged constructive dismissal, wrongful dismissal, ‘whistleblowing’ dismissal, redundancy (both of the simple kind and also more complex ‘business reorganisation’ redundancies), and ordinary unfair dismissal. He has acted in cases ranging from simple half day trials up to trials lasting a week or longer, in cases valued by claimants up to six figures, and in one case where disputed expert evidence was deployed concerning the technical circumstances which had led to dismissal (namely the causes of a near-fatal accident on a construction site). He has received repeat instructions over the past several years from several major employers and also acted for numerous individuals ranging from manual workers to senior executives.
Recent cases have included:
Alex has acted in several multi-respondent TUPE matters where the respondents were disputing which of them was the claimant’s employer. In two different service provision cases for the same respondent client, Alex successfully argued at multi-day contested hearings that his client was not the correct employer. He secured not only the dismissal of the respondent from the proceedings in each case, but also two costs orders against two other respondents – in one case for late disclosure, and in the other for having continued to pursue an argument beyond the point at which it had become hopeless as a matter of fact and law.
Alex has advised, and successfully defended at trial, employers in several cases where employees have claimed to have been dismissed or otherwise subjected to detriment for raising whistleblowing allegations (including allegations concerning potentially fatal breaches of health and safety, and alleged fraudulent claiming of overtime), including an NHS Trust, a major construction company and a company providing services to a globally recognised car manufacturer. Alex appreciates the commercial and reputational sensitivities involved in such cases, and is used to advising major clients on how best to contest such allegations.
Alex has in recent years been involved in litigation or investigative matters involving the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Mauritius, the Middle East and the Far East. He has assisted Her Majesty’s Attorney General of the Isle of Man with three major criminal fraud, money laundering and related offences prosecutions (including acting as stand-in junior in a Privy Council matter). He has also been appointed as an ad hoc consultant to assist an internationally-recognised offshore firm in carrying out an eighteen-month financial regulatory investigation in respect of a third party, and also to assist in carrying out corporate supervisory visits on behalf of an offshore regulator. In both instances Alex has acquired extensive experience of international AML, CFT and sanctions regulatory systems, and of corporate systems and defences concerning those areas. Separately, Alex has also assisted in investigating an overseas matter involving multiple homicides. Alex has a fine eye for detail which lends itself in particular to investigative matters, and is willing to consider instructions concerning any part of the world and to undertake any requisite travel.
Alex is an experienced personal injury practitioner who has conducted serious work in his own right, including fatal accident claims, as well as assisting more senior members of the team in preparing and quantifying cases concerning catastrophic lifelong injuries. Alex has appeared for claimants and defendants in the High Court as well as the County Court in both fast- and multi-track claims. His cases have involved road traffic accidents, claims under the Highways Act, Occupiers’ Liability Act and Fatal Accidents Act, and a variety of employers’ liability claims. Whilst he also does a considerable amount of claimant work, Alex is one of a small number of members of the 7BR team who is an approved ‘panel’ counsel for one of the UK’s biggest high street retailers, and has also been instructed by motor insurers to act in claims involving alleged fraudulent road traffic accidents. He is willing to consider instructions on a conditional fee basis.
Alex has been instructed in several road traffic cases where the defendant has alleged or suspected the claim to have been fraudulent. Instructions in this field have come both from claimants seeking to rebut such allegations, and from defendants (in particular motor insurers) seeking to defeat the claim at trial. In a recent multi-track trial in the Central London County Court, Alex successfully defended a claim where the judge found the claimant (and his alleged ‘independent’ witness) to be fraudulent. In the Oxford County Court, Alex was instructed by a defendant in a six-party multi-track road traffic ‘pile up’ case, where the lead claimant had been accused of having induced the accident, and the claimant’s solicitors were subsequently pursued for costs for having continued the claim even after the claimant had ceased to provide instructions. As a common law practitioner with considerable experience of criminal practice, Alex is also able to bring his skills from that practice to bear in cases of alleged civil fraud. In particular, Alex has detailed knowledge of police disclosure and accident reports (particularly useful where there are linked criminal proceedings for dangerous or careless driving), as well as being adept at robust cross-examination.
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