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Practice Summary

Alex Gunning QC is an advocate specialising in complex, high-value international disputes, predominantly resolved in arbitration. He is acknowledged in the directories for his expertise in cases concerning large energy and offshore construction projects and natural resources. He has been leading counsel in disputes concerning a series of high-profile infrastructure projects, including the Kashagan offshore oilfield project, the Marmaray rail project and the South Stream pipeline. Alex has a particular interest in disputes arising out of the East and South-East Asia region and is the UK representative for the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.


"Bright, sensible and somebody who can produce a definitive note on a case overnight." (Chambers UK Bar 2020 - Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"He is fantastically user-friendly, extremely accessible, and an advocate of impressive subtlety." "He is an excellent technical lawyer who really drills into the details." (Chambers UK Bar 2020 - Energy & Natural Resources)

"A superb advocate, very sharp but with graceful manners, who finds solutions to knotty legal issues." (Legal 500 2019 - Energy & Natural Resources)

"He is an enormously impressive silk. He is completely on top of the details, produces exceptional legal submissions and is the best cross-examiner in the arbitration world." "He's a terrific shipping silk and a lovely guy." (Chambers Bar UK 2020 - Shipping & Commodities)

"He is a persuasive advocate." (Legal 500 2019 - Shipping & Commodities)

"Super responsive and very hands-on." "Very good on his feet." "Exceptionally hard-working, extremely knowledgeable and good at cross-examining expert witnesses, yet easy-going and a constant pleasure to deal with." (Chambers UK Bar 2020 - International Arbitration)

"Has an extremely deep knowledge of construction/energy law and international arbitration practice and procedure." (Legal 500 2019 - International Arbitration)

"He marshals tons of documents, evidence and information in the shortest time and responds in clear, user-friendly language. He's a highly impressive advocate for the largest, most complex cases." "Has a calm and highly persuasive style of advocacy." "Well regarded by peers and solicitors for his effective style of advocacy."  (Chambers UK Bar 2019 - Energy & Natural Resources)

“A charming advocate who really has the ear of the court.” (The Legal 500 2019 – Energy)

"a popular choice for offshore construction matters"  (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 - Energy)

"A polished advocate who is a real source of specialist expertise. He is very hard-working and leaves no stone unturned when preparing for a case." "Confident, good with instructing solicitors and clients, and very sound on the law." (Chambers UK Bar 2019 – Shipping & Commodities)

"He is a brilliant academic who is a leading mind in the sector. Tribunals really take to him." (Chambers & Partners Global 2018 – Energy & Natural Resources UK)

"A highly intelligent, skilled advocate. We need someone who is on top of their game and a team player and
he fits both of those categories." "Very sharp and very quick on his feet."
(Chambers & Partners Global 2018 – Shipping & Commodities UK)