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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:  

  • “he has excellent judgement, and is a superb draftsman and advocate” (Legal 500 2017, Commercial Litigation)
  • “absorbs and digests large amounts of information, apparently effortlessly, to get to the crux of matters"; "fiercely bright, immensely hard-working and a pleasure to work with (Chambers & Partners 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution)
  • “promptly identifies practical solutions”; “really efficient and good at managing the big cases” (Chambers Global 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution)
  • “a star of the junior Bar” (Legal 500 2017, Civil Fraud)
  • “extremely good at getting very quickly to the heart of huge volumes of information and complex issues” (Chambers & Partners 2018, Civil Fraud)
  • “a great team player, who absorbs and digests very large amounts of information effortlessly” (Legal 500 2017, Banking & Finance)
  • " ferociously intelligent and a real problem solver; he is stimulated by the more difficult parts of a case” (Chambers & Partners 2018, Banking & Finance)
  • “he is fantastically clever and conveys it with succinct delivery and a modest tone; he is a pleasure to work with” (Legal 500 2017, Professional Negligence)
  • “tremendously clever and easy to deal with” (Chambers & Partners 2018, Professional Negligence)

He has a good working knowledge of French.