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Practice Summary

Alex Polley has extensive experience of complex and high value multi-party, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation and international arbitration. Recent cases have included Holyoake v Candy (fiercely contested proceedings arising out of alleged intimidation and duress in relation to a loan, where Alex appeared unled in several interim hearings); LIA v SocGen (banking fraud); Cattles v PwC (auditors’ negligence); Nomihold v MTS (enforcement of a substantial arbitration award); and the AHAB litigation (banking fraud).

Alex is recommended by both Chambers UK and Global as a leading junior (Commercial Dispute Resolution), by Chambers UK (Banking & Finance, Civil Fraud and Professional Negligence), and by The Legal 500 (Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud, Banking & Finance and Professional Negligence).

Alex was also identified in Legal Week’s ‘Stars at the Bar’ 2012, which noted his “interpersonal skills and clear professional acumen”. Interviewees commented that he is “an invaluable member of every team he’s on” and “his written work is absolutely first rate, [articulating] even the most complex of arguments in a style that is both pithy and persuasive”.

Directory comments include:  

“extremely good at quickly getting to the heart of huge volumes of information, he promptly identifies practical solutions”; “really efficient and good at managing the big cases” (Chambers Global 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“a fantastic junior - very responsive and consistently excellent in his drafting” (Legal 500 2016, Commercial Litigation)

“presents things very clearly and is very good in court. His drafting is excellent”; “amazingly responsive and he's also very creative in the ideas that he comes up with”; “extremely good at getting very quickly to the heart of huge volumes of information and complex issues” (Chambers & Partners 2017, Civil Fraud)

“a go-to junior with no apparent weaknesses” (Legal 500 2016, Civil Fraud)

“exemplary technician”; “phenomenally good at producing high-quality work under time pressure. He can synthesise a lot of complex material quickly and work out the best approach and points to develop”; “knows the law exceptionally well, is incredibly hard-working and clever. A very good lawyer” (Chambers & Partners 2017, Banking & Finance)

“absorbs very large amounts of information effortlessly to get to the crux of matters” (Legal 500 2016, Banking & Finance)

“calm, assured, and he's got a modesty about him that belies how smart he is”; “very impressive, commercial and good at drafting” (Chambers & Partners 2017, Professional Negligence)

“very bright and able to make the difference between winning a case and losing it” (Legal 500 2016, Professional Negligence)

He has a good working knowledge of French.