Alex Findley

Alex Findley

  • Called in 2021

Alex joined Farrar’s Building in 2023, after successfully completing his pupillage in all of Chambers’ core areas of expertise, including personal injury and clinical negligence.

After finishing the Bar Practice Training Course in 2019, Alex worked for the Infected Blood Inquiry and as a volunteer representative for the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union. In 2020 Alex moved to Citizens Advice where he set up and led the Employment Law Advice Service, a project for supporting non-unionized employees in London with employment disputes during the COVID pandemic.

Alex’s duties included: advising clients with a wide variety of Employment Tribunal claims; drafting pleadings, applications and witness statements; representing clients in the Employment Tribunal; and negotiating settlements. By September 2022 Alex’s team of 4 had advised over 900 clients and obtained a long term funding contract from a large charitable trust.

Employment

Alex is building a practice with a focus on employment and related areas of Chambers’ core work such as regulatory and disciplinary work, and contractual disputes.

Since joining Chambers Alex has advised and represented in cases relating to redundancy, TUPE, disability discrimination, race discrimination and in torts related to employment such as negligent misstatement in a reference. In November 2023, Alex appeared pro-bono at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Olatunde v Viewber Limited EAT [2023} EAT 158.

Prior to commencing pupillage at Farrar’s Building, Alex worked as Senior Employment Case Worker at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the Royal Courts of Justice. Leading a team of five, he developed the Employment Law Advice Service from a starter project to a full time service and achieving long term funding from a charitable investment trust.

Alex’s team advised over 900 clients during 2021 and 2022. During this time Alex acted for claimants in a wide range of claims including discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, unlawful deductions, restrictive covenants, bonus repayment and harassment in the workplace, appearing at tribunals, giving advice, drafting pleadings and negotiating settlements. Highlights included successfully appearing in a two day final hearing relating to an employee who had been dismissed for allegedly making threats to kill. Alex also drafted the pleadings and evidence in an alleged sexual misconduct case that was reported in The Times.

Alex also gained experience of employment and discrimination law while a student on the Bar Course in 2019. Alex completed an LLM dissertation on the subject of psychiatric evidence and employment law which was awarded a distinction and also volunteered with The Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union and The School Exclusion Project.

Trusts & Probate

Alex has an active interest in all aspects of probate work, which is becoming a core focus of his practice. Alex has been instructed in claims under the Inheritance Act 1975, ToLATA claims related to probate and applications under s.50 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985.

Alex understands the importance of emotional intelligence and client care when dealing with clients who are processing bereavement and may also be dealing with significant family strife. He has undergone mediation training with the Society of Mediators and as such understands the value of the mediation process in these disputes. Alex looks for pragmatic strategies to achieve outcomes without unnecessary cost and delay.

General Common Law

Alex appears in court on a daily basis in all of Chambers’ core practice areas. He accepts instructions across a broad range of common law issues including contractual claims, credit hire, probate, property damage and other torts.

Personal Injury

Alex was supervised by James Pretsell, Frederick Lyon and James Rozier throughout pupillage and through this, gained experience of multi-track personal injury work for both claimants and defendant’s including drafting pleadings, schedules of loss, skeleton arguments and witness statements.

Insurance

Alex accepts instructions in property damage and related property claims.

During pupillage, Alex assisted James Pretsell in advising on a high value multi-track property damage claim relating to collapse of a waterlogged ceiling. In September 2023, Alex successfully represented the Defendants at trial in a claim by a Neighbour for failure to stop a leak in their property from damaging a party wall. Through Advocate, Alex has also recently advised in a claim relating to water contamination, dust and destruction of a party fence arising out of building work and a claim relating to pneumonia caused by damp and mould.

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Education & Qualifications


2019: Bar Practice Training Course (BPTC), City Law School

2018: Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), City University of London

2016: BA Politics, University of Cambridge

 

Scholarships & Prizes

Certificate of Honour for Outstanding BPTC results, Middle Temple

2018: Astbury Scholarship for the BPTC, Middle Temple

Personal Interests


Alex enjoys visiting galleries, DIY and crafts and is a keen cook. Alex also mentors aspiring law students at a school in East London in his free time.