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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), and a substantial ICC arbitration which involved a seven week evidentiary hearing.

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)
  • “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)
  • “exceptionally bright and gets straight to the nub of complex issues” (Legal 500 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)
  • “brilliant legal skills allied to superb forensic nous” (Legal 500 2020, Commercial Litigation)
  • incredibly bright, quick on his feet and really user friendly(Legal 500 2020, Civil Fraud)
  • “extremely bright and very easy to work with." "He is absolutely brilliant and has a remarkable ability to digest information and respond quickly, working out solutions almost instantly” (Chambers & Partners 2020, Banking & Finance)
  • “responsive and a pleasure to deal with. First rate in drafting and in oral submissions” (Chambers & Partners 2020, Professional Negligence)
  • “his advocacy is excellent and his written style is superbly clear and crisp." "He's very good with clients and is intellectually forensic” (Chambers & Partners 2020, Civil Fraud)

He has a good working knowledge of French.