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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); Barclays v PCP (alleged deceit in relation to capital raising by a bank); LIA v SocGen (alleged corruption and fraud in derivatives transactions); Cattles v PwC (auditors’ negligence); and Nomihold v MTS (enforcement of a substantial arbitration award).

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).  In 2018 he was nominated by Chambers & Partners for the Junior of the Year award in Commercial Litigation.

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:

  • “he has excellent judgement, and is a superb draftsman and advocate” (Legal 500 2017, Commercial Litigation)
  • “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 great team player who absorbs and digests very large amounts of information effortlessly"; "ferociously intelligent and a real problem solver; he is stimulated by the more difficult parts of a case” (Chambers & Partners 2018, Banking & Finance)
  • “prodigiously clever and a star – has impeccable judgement that extends well beyond his call date” (Legal 500 2019, Banking & Finance)
  • “always shows great tenacity and attention to detail, which often turns the case in his client’s favour” (Legal 500 2019, Civil Fraud)
  • “he has a first-rate legal brain and has an ability to digest complex material and draft crisp and persuasive documents” (Legal 500 2019, Professional Negligence)
  • “exceptionally bright and gets straight to the nub of complex issues” (Legal 500 2019, Commercial Litigation)
  • “a really clear-minded thinker who's able to distil the facts of the matter very quickly and easily” (Chambers & Partners 2019, Commercial Litigation)
  • “hard-working, insightful, and prompt in his advice. He's very good at drafting and taking on board points and has an extraordinary grasp of the facts. He really wins your confidence” (Chambers & Partners 2019, Banking & Finance)
  • “incredibly hard-working, creative in his thinking and very responsive. An excellent junior counsel"; "a persuasive and sensible advocate” (Chambers & Partners 2019, Civil Fraud)
  • “an absolutely brilliant technical lawyer with a really nice, easy attitude. He is happy to give as much time of his time as required to explain a point, and welcomes challenge and debate” (Chambers & Partners 2019, Professional Negligence)

He has a good working knowledge of French.