Alex Lawson

Alex was superb! He was attentive, helpful and very pleasant. I would definitely instruct him again.

Local Authority

  • Year of Call 2015

Introduction

Introduction

Unfailingly polite, unfailingly effective. 

In whatever area of practice, Alex can be relied upon to take an approach that does the following, and indeed prides himself on so doing:

1. Provides the client with a barrister who listens, understands and comes to grips with their case, along with personable and empathetic client care. 

2. Gives pragmatic and common sense legal advice, combining experience and knowledge of the law with real, working solutions.

3. Persuasive and extremely robust advocacy. He has been descrbied as a force of nature in the courtroom. 

Prior to coming to the Bar, Alex had a varied career which included work in Africa, teaching law, representing clients of the Citizens Advice Bureau in (Scottish) courts, and pro-bono experience on Death Row in the USA. 

Outside of practice, Alex also teaches a number of courses at the University of Aberdeen and enjoys anything to do with dogs, fish, the countryside or history. He enjoys Historical European Martial Arts, classic rock, boat building and property renovation. 

Civil

Civil

Alex has developed a very robust civil practice with a particular focus on liability and courtroom advocacy. Representing clients in a wide variety of disputes, ranging from road traffic accidents to disputes involving fenceposts or even pets. Civil Fraud and personal injury a speciality. Whatever the nature of the dispute, his approach has been described as professional, having great attention to detail, and his cross examination is an art form. 

Family

Family

In Family law, Alex is experienced in Public and Private law, representing parents, grandparents, guardians and local authorities in multi-day heavily contested proceedings. Alex has a reputation for being calm, empathetic, and listening to his clients, whatever their background, while providing common sense and forthright legal advice and representation. Previous clients have described this approach as "a force of nature in the courtroom."

Planning & Environment

Planning & Environment

This is an area in which Alex has a growing practice, building on previous experience in the oil industry and a long history of property renovation (including listed buildings). Alex has recently juniored in multi-day cases with other members of Chambers and acted alone in disputes involving boundaries and other matters. His skills in analysis, working knowledge of planning and client care can be relied upon in this discipline. 

Regulatory

Regulatory

Alex regularly represents clients in regulatory matters before the HCPC, EWC, SWE etc. Recently he has successfully represented clients who present with a number of diverse issues in both interim and substantive hearings including:

  • A 42 day long case, achieving a successful outcome. 
  • A 5 day case where the registrant was accused of unprofessional conduct in insulting a SEN child, obtaining a warning. 
  • Cases involving malpractice and accusations of misconduct including racism, illegal activity and other matters. 
  • Successfully representing registrants in amending allegations, findings that they were not in fact impaired, or that the regulator's case was simply unfounded. 

In regulatory proceedings, Alex has been commended for a thorough but extremely robust approach in representing registrants. 

Court of Protection

Court of Protection

Health & Welfare: Alex accepts instructions in a wide range of health and welfare matters including s21A MCA 2005 challenges and s16 MCA 2005 welfare applications.

Property & Affairs : Alex regularly acts in applications seeking the appointment and removal of LPAs and deputies. He undertakes advisory work in all areas of the Property and Affairs work.

Alex acts for local authorities and family members.