Alex is recommended by Chambers & Partners (Band 1) as a leading junior for industrial disease.
Alex’s practice encompasses the full range of conditions caused by work. He has a busy workload including advising in conference, attending settlement meetings and trial work. He enjoys the technical issues which disease cases frequently involve, both as to liability and causation of injury, and he frequently litigates cases involving contentious expert evidence.
He has experience of the strategic issues arising from litigating group actions and test cases.
Alex has a particular interest in claims involving asbestos-related disease and regularly appears against silks defending such claims at JSMs or in the High Court. He has extensive experience of the High Court show cause procedure and taking evidence on commission.
Alex’s disease practice also includes:
- Occupational stress, bullying and harassment
- Spread of infectious diseases
- Work-related upper limb disorders
- COSHH & poisoning claims
- Occupational cancer
- Occupational asthma
- Cumulative back injuries
- Toxic mould claims
- HAVS & vibration-related CTS
- Noise-induced hearing loss and ‘acoustic shock’ claims
- Ormandy v MDS (HHJ Duddridge, July 2022) – Alex successfully defended a claim for HAVS and obtained a finding that the claimant had been fundamentally dishonest in exaggerating his vibrating tool use.
- Goldscheider v Royal Opera House  EWCA Civ 711 – Alex was instructed by the Royal Opera House (led by David Platt QC) in a ground-breaking claim brought by a viola player alleging acoustic shock caused during a Wagner rehearsal. One of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2019. The Court of Appeal overturned the trial judge’s finding that hearing protection was mandatory at all times in the orchestra pit.
- Smallwood v Shenton (HHJ Rawlings, Stoke on Trent CC, October 2018) – Alex successfully defended a claim for asbestos-related lung cancer involving highly complex issues of diagnosis and medical causation.
- Hawkes v Warmex  EWHC 205 (QB) – Alex successfully defended a historic mesothelioma claim at trial against leading counsel. Involved detailed analysis of the statutory and regulatory duties on an employer
- SB v V (QBD, 2017) – Alex represented the Defendant in a high value mesothelioma claim against leading counsel. Complex quantum issues arose as to the lost opportunity to advise the government as to Brexit-related issues.
- Gray v Dolling (QBD, 2012) – Alex was instructed (led by David Platt QC) on a £5.5m claim for asbestos-related mesothelioma by owner of a construction company. Settled following service of skeletons on the day before the High Court trial.
- Price v Isotemp (HHJ Curran QC, Cardiff County Court, 2011) – Alex successfully defended a claim for NIHL at a three-day trial on medical causation. Case involved complex audiological evidence and the interpretation of the Coles-Lutman-Buffin Guidelines.
- Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills v Stuntbrand (2010 – 2011) – Alex was instructed (led by Simon Rainey QC) in relation to the asbestos liabilities of the National Dock Labour Board. The litigation involved interesting insurance and contribution issues and was settled shortly before trial in autumn 2011.
- Horsley v Cascade  EWHC 2845 (LTL 18/11/09) – Alex appeared against leading counsel in the High Court successfully defending a substantial ‘lost years’ claim in an asbestosis claim.
- Alexander Macpherson represents insurers in tranche of claims considering underpayment of issue fees in NIHL claims
- Bussey v Anglia Heating Limited: Important Court of Appeal decision on asbestos claims
- David Platt QC and Alexander Macpherson receive judgment from Court of Appeal in Goldscheider v Royal Opera House
- Crown Office Chambers feature in three of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2019
- Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple
- Diploma in Law, City University
- English Literature, Oriel College, Oxford
“Alexander is an excellent advocate. His advice is balanced, clear and concise.” “He is a pleasure to work with.” “Alexander has excellent technical knowledge in occupational disease cases.” “He remains calm under pressure and is personable with clients.”
Chambers & Partners, 2023
“Alexander is exceptionally good with complex and novel procedural issues.”
Legal 500, 2023
“He is thorough, robust and can turn around defences and advice very quickly. He is very impressive.”
Chambers & Partners, 2022
“He is able to identify and navigate through challenging causation issues in an effective and pragmatic way.”
Legal 500, 2022
“He is a skilful and thorough cross-examiner.”; “A phenomenally talented individual.”
Chambers & Partners, 2021
“Able to navigate through difficult issues in an effective and pragmatic way.”
Legal 500, 2021
“He’s really good – the quality of his drafting is excellent.”
Chambers & Partners, 2020
“He’s a very, very good advocate.”
Chambers & Partners, 2020
“He has an impressively deep understanding of areas stretching beyond asbestos diseases, offering enviable expertise in cases involving noise-induced hearing loss and hand-arm vibration syndrome.”
Chambers & Partners, 2020
“He excels in cases involving challenging quantum issues and contested expert evidence.“
Legal 500, 2020
“His practice encompasses the full range of conditions caused by work.”
Legal 500, 2018
“His advice is very thorough and practical.”
Legal 500, 2017