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Alexander Macpherson

Call 2000

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

Personal Injury

Alex is recommended as a leading junior in personal injury (Tier 2) and industrial disease (Tier 1) by the Legal 500.

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
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Chronic pain syndrome and other related conditions
  • Psychiatric injury and ‘vicarious trauma’
  • Claims with a travel or international dimension
  • Claims for ‘acoustic shock’
  • 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

  • Alex is currently instructed to defend a ground-breaking claim arising out of the Grenfell Tower tragedy involving vicarious trauma.
  • Alex is also currently instructed to defend a claim involving severe injuries sustained on an extreme downhill mountain bike trial.
  • Needle v Swallowfield [2020] EWHC 2749 (QB) – Alex successfully defended (before HHJ Gore QC) a high value claim brought under the Manual Handling Regulations relating to a hand injury which caused a chronic disabling pain condition.  The appeal heard by Lambert J was also successfully resisted.
  • 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.
  • Smith v Alaway (April 2018, HHJ Harington, Gloucester CC) – Alex successfully represented a contractor in a multi-party claim arising out of an accident on a construction site. Claim dismissed after two-day trial.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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“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

“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

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