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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 2016)

Personal Injury

Alex is recommended as a leading junior in all three areas of personal injury litigation featured in The Legal 500 2017: personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud.

Alex has a wide experience of acting for both claimants and defendants in personal injury litigation. He particularly enjoys cases which involve contested expert evidence, or issues of credibility or fraud. He welcomes the opportunity to get involved in claims at the earliest opportunity and he regularly attends at mediations and joint settlement meetings. His areas of expertise include:

  • Fatal accident cases
  • Catastrophic injury claims
  • Employers’ liability
  • Highway and public liability claims
  • Road traffic & fraud
  • Chronic pain syndrome and other related conditions
  • All areas of industrial disease (see separate section)

Complementary to his personal injury practice, Alex also has extensive experience of related insurance, costs and procedural issues.

Selected Cases

  • Alexander v Freshwater [2012] EWCA Civ 1048 (LTL 27/7/12) – Alex appeared in the Court of Appeal in a high value claim brought by a celebrated jeweller whose finger was severed by a defective door.
  • Esdale v Dover DC [2010] EWCA Civ 409 (LTL 7/10/13) – Alex succeeded in the Court of Appeal in an important case establishing that the failure to follow intervention criteria is not determinative of breach of duty in tripping claims under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
  • Houghton v DX Network Services (Norwich CC, HHJ Moloney QC, April 2015) – Alex advised and represented the well-known national delivery service at a trial of a claim for a back injury after lifting at work. After two days of detailed oral evidence, the judge concluded that no significant injury had occurred and dismissed the claim.
  • Edwards v Ford (March to October 2016) – Alex represented the Defendant in a high value case arising out of an arm injury sustained at work on a construction site. The case raised extremely complex issues of medical causation and quantum. Alex advised insurers, drafted pleadings and attended at a Joint Settlement Meeting following which a compromise was reached.
  • Graham v Morgans (November 2016) – Alex represented an exclusive London spa which was sued by a customer alleging that a Swedish massage was carried out with excessive force, causing a neck injury. At trial and after cross-examination of the Claimant and the masseuse, the judge concluded that the massage had not been carried out negligently and that the Claimant’s neck pain was probably caused by a constitutional condition.
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Recommendations


“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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