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Alexander Macpherson

Call 2000

"He is a skilful and thorough cross-examiner. A phenomenally talented individual."
(Chambers & Partners, 2021)

Insurance & Reinsurance

Alex advises on and litigates all insurance-related disputes, including avoidance of cover (non-disclosure, fair presentation, notification, moral hazard etc); subrogated recovery claims; and issues of scope of cover.

He is currently instructed on coverage disputes involving variously: a catastrophic flood at a West London property, an arson attack on mobile plant, the negligent design of building cladding, and a fire caused to a fast food outlet.

In 2018 he was instructed to advise the owner of a property which had suffered a catastrophic fire in relation to a £5m claim for an indemnity from the property’s insurers. Following directions being given by the TCC, the claim was compromised at a mediation.

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Civil/Insurance Fraud

Alex has extensive experience of defending fraudulent and exaggerated EL, PL and RTA claims. He is well versed in the tactical considerations relating to the deployment of surveillance and social media evidence. He has a particular interest in chronic pain conditions, and the potential interplay with malingering which such cases can involve.

Alex is frequently instructed on questions of fundamental dishonesty for the purpose of disapplying QOCS, striking out under s.57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and / or seeking indemnity costs. Most recently he has successfully appealed a failure by a trial judge to disapply QOCS when the court concluded that the defendant had not run over the claimant’s foot as had been claimed.

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Recommendations


“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

“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


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