Alexander Jones

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Clerks

  • Emma Rogers
  • Natalie Wolfe

Education

  • BPP Manchester, 'Outstanding' Grade (Bar Practitioners Training Course) ranked in the top 5 of cohort
  • Liverpool John Moores University, 1st Class Honours (LL.B Hons Law) ranked in the top 5 of cohort
  • Inner Temple Prize for Outstanding BPTC Performance
  • Major Exhibition Award, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, 2014
  • Winner, Essex Court Chambers English Speaking Union Mooting Competition 2016
  • Junior Counsel to the Crown - Regional C Panel - March 2020

Areas of Work

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment
General Profile

Alexander became a member of Chambers in 2017 after successful completion of pupillage under the supervision of Mark Chester. Alex now has a busy common law practice with particular emphasis on personal injury and civil actions against the police (acting solely on behalf of police authorities).

Alex likes to bring a pragmatic and problem-solving approach to his cases; he has been praised for his ability to adapt to the needs of his clients. Alex's growing client basis includes various police forces, public bodies and he is a member of the Attorney General's C Panel (appointed March 2020).  Alex's appointment will last until 2025 and will require him to undertake complex civil and employment work on behalf of all government departments.

Alex is friendly and approachable and has a strong relationship with his instructing solicitors and is happy to provide informal advice during any stage, and welcomes contact by email or telephone.

Alex usually responds to request for paperwork within 14 days but is able to accommodate tighter deadlines on request. Instructions are accepted on a Conditional Fee Agreement basis where the merits of the case allow.

Alexander Jones is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. 

 

Civil Litigation

Alex is regularly instructed to appear in cases allocated to the fast track and multi-track, covering areas of personal injury (all areas).

Alex regularly appears for both Claimants and Defendants in County Court proceedings, including stage 3 protocol hearings, infant approvals, disposals, costs and case management hearings and allocation/direction hearings.

Alex has developed an expanding Multi Track practice and is often instructed to advise in cases of substantial value and complexity dealing with issues of quantum, liability and causation in all areas of employers liability/occupier liability and road traffic accident claims. Alex has a track record of acting successfully for Claimant's involved in motorcycling accidents and securing substantial awards of compensation.

Alex has experience in drafting Statements of Case, including Particulars of Claim, Schedules of Loss and Defences. He is also asked on a regular basis to draft Part 35 questions to experts and draft applications on behalf of solicitor clients with supporting witness statements.

Notable cases:

  • P v Aviva [2019]- Alex represented a young man involved in an RTA. The Claimant sustained life changing injuries. Alex conducted conferences with the Claimant and various experts. The Defendant raised complex issues of medical causation and contributory negligence (intoxication, drug consumption and seatbelt issues). The Claim was successfully settled for a sum in excess of £150,000 shortly before the CCMC.
  • K v Hayles [2019]- successful settlement of a motorcycling accident where medical causation of ongoing symptoms was challenged.  Settlement figure secured in excess of £110,000.
  • F v Rossendale [2019]- successful settlement of a motorcycling accident where future loss of earnings was complex and robustl challenged by the Defendant. Following conference with the Claimant Alex was able to advise upon and secure a six-figure settlement sum.
  • B vRC International [2018]- the Claimant was a lorry driver. The Claimant suffered a fall from his cab as a result of a spillage of oil. Unfortunately, by the date of trial and prior to any witness statement having been produced the Claimant had sadly deceased for unrelated reasons and the claim was advanced by his estate. Despite being unable to lead any direct witness evidence on factual causation the trial Judge accepted the Claimant's case. The Defendant called seven witnesses, all of whom were cross-examined at length on the issues. The Judge concluded that the seven witnesses who appeared for the Defendant were of little assistance and that their evidence was contradictory and based predominantly on speculation. Judgement was found in favour of the Claimant and his estate was awarded a five-figure sum.

 

Police Actions

Alex regularly advises police forces on civil actions being brought against them. Alex has experience in dealing with cases including allegations of assault, unlawful imprisonment, misfeasance in public office, harassment, breach of ECHR rights, breach of Data Protection regulations and many more.

Alex has first-hand experience of dealing with litigants in person in claims against the police. Alex is no stranger to cross examination and is able to assess when a robust approach is necessary or where a more conservative approach will be more successful.

Alex also specialises in representing police forces and government agencies in securing injunctive relief through litigation. Notably Alex is often instructed to represent the interests of Chief Constable's in seeking injunctive relief under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which includes housing related injunctions. Alex also specialises in 'Gang Injunctions' and has secured several committals to prison.

Alex regularly advises at an early stage on the evidential points and applicable law when representing his instructing Police Forces, often in writing followed by a conference if necessary.

Alex also assists police forces in multi-jurisdictional issues spanning the Criminal, Civil and Family Courts. Most often Alex is instructed to secure Public Interest Immunity (PII) against disclosure of sensitive intelligence and regularly appears on behalf of Police Forces in the Family Courts to achieve the same.

Employment

Alex has an in depth understanding of representing businesses of varying size and industry in a wide range of employment tribunal matters inclusive of complex multi-day discrimination and whistleblowing cases.

Alex has also taken on several employment pro-bono cases for Claimants with great success, his most recent case having settled for a five-figure sum prior to the preliminary hearing.

Notable cases:

- G v L [2019]- The Claimant alleged that she had been discriminated against on the grounds of disability (including the menopause). Due to the Claimant's medical conditions the matter was listed for a three-week final hearing. The parties were able to comprise the claims following a successful judicial mediation which had a significant cost benefit to the public purse.

- Q v HCC [1] & LCC [2] [2019]- The Claimant was employed as a teacher. The Claimant alleged that his redundancy was a 'sham' and brought a complaint of unfair dismissal Following a three day final hearing the Tribunal rejected the complaints in their entirety and accepted the Respondent's case, as presented by Alex, that there was a genuine redundancy situation and the Claimant's dismissal was fair under 98 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 . 

 - H v LCC [2019]- The Claimant was a locum social worker. The Claimant brought complaints of automatically unfair dismissal following the making of protected disclosures. Following a three-day final hearing the Tribunal (including panel members) unanimously rejected the complaints. Alex successfully argued that (a) the purported disclosures did not contain sufficient factual content and/or specificity such as is required to show one of the matters listed in subsection (1) of section 43B ERA 1996; (b) in any event, the Claimant did not hold a reasonable belief that the purported disclosures were in the public interest as expressly required by 43B ERA 1996; and (c) further, and in any event, the reason (or principal reason) for the Claimant's dismissal was restructuring and not the purported disclosures as alleged. The tribunal focused its deliberations on the authorities of Cavendish Munro Professional Risks Management Ltd v. Geduld (Rev 1) [2009] UKEAT, and Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth [2018] EWCA Civ 1436. Complaints dismissed.

 

Testimonials
  • "Alex is exactly the kind of Barrister you want to work with: knowledgeable, personable, great with clients and turns paperwork around really quickly. I heartily recommend Alex to others" Nicola Bignell, Solicitor 
  • "Alex is professional but approachable at the same time. His work is excellent, turnaround times impressive and my clients like him. I will be instructing Alex for many years to come" Fergus Dalgarno, Solicitor
  • "We have been instructing Alex for the best part of a year following a personal recommendation.  It became clear to us from the outset that he is very thorough with respect to the details of a case and is able to quickly identify strengths and weaknesses and provide solutions to problems.  Alex has delivered excellent results for MST Legal in trials and applications and is able to turn around advices promptly. He is approachable and has gone the extra mile on cases, which has established him as trusted Counsel for our firm".Scott Bouch, Director of MST Legal
  • "Alex Jones is true professional, thorough and a complete pleasure to work with. He is always my first choice for any instruction. He provides detailed advice and drafting with a quick turnaround. He has a wealth of knowledge across all PI areas and is excellent at explaining things in a simple and concise manner. Simply could not recommend him more highly, he's an absolute asset to have on any case"  Emma Oldham, Gowing Law
  • "What a fantastic days work, you wiped the floor with RC and I can't thank you enough. The outcome well exceeded what I expected, and I have you to thank for that and on Sean's behalf I thank you as well for getting justice. It's been an absolute pleasure to know you and if I need representing again in the future you would be the first to call"  Client.

 

 

 

 

AJ

Year of call: 2015

Inn: Inner Temple

Area: Civil Litigation
Employment