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Alexander Macpherson

Call 2000

"He is thorough, calm, professional and has a great attention to detail. He's a very good courtroom advocate."
(Chambers & Partners)

Construction & Engineering

Alex enjoys claims of a technical nature, frequently involving extensive expert evidence, and has a particular interest in and experience of fire and flood claims.

From 2012 to date he has been instructed (with Roger ter Haar QC) in the litigation arising from a catastrophic flood at the Greenwich Millennium Village in London. The trial was heard over five weeks in the TCC in summer 2013. Alex was also instructed in the appeal pursued in front of the Court of Appeal in relation to indemnity clauses.

From 2008 to 2010, Alex was instructed by Total UK Limited in relation to the Buncefield incident. He advised and appeared in around 40 of the high value property damage claims, which proceeded in the TCC and the Commercial Court, both alone and led by senior counsel. These claims ranged in value from £500,000 to many millions, and all were successfully compromised before trial.

In the last couple of years, Alex has advised on / appeared in cases involving:

  • A claim for the pollution of a fishing lake by a water company.
  • A dispute as to electrical works at Hammersmith Underground station.
  • A fire at a leading London restaurant.
  • A fire caused by hot works at a pharmaceutical warehouse.
  • Issues of public nuisance arising out of a fire at a restaurant in Bury St Edmunds.
  • The collapse of residential property in the course of demolition works.
  • The failure of a cofferdam in the course of development at a sewage works.
  • Subsidence caused to four properties by excavation in the course of a development on a Welsh hillside.

Over the last few years, Alex has given in-house seminars in relation to:

  • Concurrent delay.
  • Damage to property caused by tree-roots.
  • Indemnity clauses.
  • The new statutory scheme applying to withholding notices.

Selected Cases

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“His practice encompasses the full range of conditions caused by work.”

Legal 500 2018

“His advice is very thorough and practical.”

Legal 500 2017

“Particularly experienced in defending fraudulent PI claims.”

Legal 500 2017

“He provides very good response times, and is clear and to-the-point.”

Legal 500 2017

“He is thorough, calm, professional and has a great attention to detail. He’s a very good courtroom advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“He has a detailed, yet pragmatic approach.”

Legal 500 2016

“He is very good on his feet and solicitors have every confidence in him.”

Legal 500 2015

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