Alex has been an advocate depute, preparing and presenting cases in the High Court of Justiciary, since October 2021. He has very limited availability to accept civil instructions as a result. As an advocate depute, he has prosecuted cases of attempted murder, causing death by dangerous driving, possession of firearms and rape, and appeared as junior in the Court of Criminal Appeal.
His civil practice covers commercial law, public law (including judicial review and planning) and reparation. Selected cases are below.
In May 2020 he was appointed as a reporter for Session Cases. He contributed chapters on the sale of goods and (together with Ross Anderson) alternative dispute resolution for the second edition of Scots Commercial Law. He tutored Civil Court Practice as part of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Edinburgh University in 2019 and 2020.
Before calling to the Bar, Alex trained with a commercial firm in Edinburgh. He completed his LLB at Glasgow University in 2014 and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Edinburgh University in 2015. Before then, he studied German and English Language at Edinburgh University, during which time he spent a year studying in Vienna.
He speaks fluent French and German and is well placed to undertake work involving consideration of documents in those languages.