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Alexander Macpherson

Call 2000

"He's really good – the quality of his drafting is excellent. He's a very, very good advocate."
(Chambers & Partners 2020)

Industrial Disease

Alex is recommended by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 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.

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:

  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Work-related upper limb disorders
  • HAVS & vibration-related CTS
  • COSHH & poisoning claims
  • Occupational stress
  • Dermatitis
  • Occupational asthma
  • Cumulative back injuries
  • Spread of infectious diseases at work
  • Toxic mould claims

Selected Cases

  • Goldscheider v Royal Opera House [2019] 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 [2018] 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.
  • Ellis v Haworth Castings (Southampton CC, 2014) – Alex successfully defended a claim for an upper limb disorder involving repetitive movements. Case dismissed, with the judge commenting in his judgment on Alex as follows: “if he will allow me to say so I have found his submissions illuminating and refreshing”.
  • 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 [2009] 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.
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“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

“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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