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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.

"He has a very practical way of approaching cases and is good at weeding out arguments that won't work." "He is at the top of his game." "He is on the ball, a good advocate and a pleasure to work with." (Chambers UK Bar 2022 - Energy & Natural Resources)

"He has an impressive ability to absorb large volumes of information and to understand the relevant parts quickly." "He is excellent - he has a calm, effective, persuasive manner." "He's very commercial, exceptionally smart and absolutely prodigious with his output, without ever compromising quality." (Chambers UK Bar 2022 - International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance)

"He's really good. He's very bright and has a nice manner." (Chambers UK Bar 2022 - International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering)

"Alexander is an excellent and diligent barrister." "He is tremendously hard-working and a great help dealing with complex cases, both in terms of his advice as to strategy by also, crucially, on matters of detail." (Chambers UK Bar 2022 - Shipping & Commodities)

"Bright, sensible and charming. He's the sort of barrister who can produce a definitive note overnight." (Chambers UK Bar 2022 - Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"He has a very measured, precise style of advocacy and he has the ear of the court." (Chambers Global 2021 - Energy & Natural Resources)

"His knowledge of construction disputes and his ability to analyse and simplify complex matters is invaluable." "A very powerful and effective advocate." (Chambers Global 2021 - International Arbitration)

"He provides a first-rate service, both on his feet and on paper. He gets straight to the point and is very responsive and easy to work with." "He has a strong practice and is very highly regarded by solicitors and the market." (Chambers Global 2021 - Shipping & Commodities)

"He is very good on his feet, very approachable, has a good sense of humour and is a very effective advocate." "Alexander is super bright and has an eye to the bigger picture." (Chambers Global 2021 - Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"Well familiar with the issues that arise in energy cases, he masters the detail and is a superb advocate with a measured, incisive approach." (Legal 500 2022 - Energy)

"Alexander has a superb analytical mind and can devour detail more quickly than one would think possible. He has reliable judgement and a measured incisive and adaptable style of advocacy that lends itself well to arbitration." (Legal 500 2022 - International Arbitration: Counsel)

"A polished court performer who really does go the extra mile when needed and is excellent at getting a handle on the issues." (Legal 500 2022 - Shipping)

"An arbitration specialist with an undisputed track record in disputes relating to infrastructure, energy, offshore and natural resources projects. He is extremely active in East and South-East Asia” (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 - Construction, Energy & Infrastructure)

"A pleasure to work against as an opponent, he keeps you at your best." (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 - Construction, Energy & Infrastructure)

"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)