Alastair Govier > Thrings LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Thrings LLP
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Work Department

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution.


Leads the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution team at Thrings. His practice includes commercial and corporate disputes, professional negligence, fraud and asset tracing and insurance, with particular specialisms in pensions and financial services related claims. He has experience of cases in all the UK’s courts as well as ADR, arbitrations, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and proceedings before the various UK Ombudsmen. Experience of obtaining at short notice, and enforcing, freezing injunctions and disclosure orders.


Nabarro Nathanson, London (1993-2006); Thrings, Bristol (2006-present).


Law Society; Association of Pension Lawyers.


Exeter School, Exeter; University of Birmingham (BA Hons 2(1)); College of Law, Guildford.


Cycling and football.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol

Thrings LLP is commended for its ‘compendious knowledge of issues arising in the construction and real estate sectors’, with additional expertise in agriculture claims, financial services and pension litigation, intellectual property and data protection cases, and shareholder disputes. Alastair Govier, who handles financial services litigation and pension disputes, jointly leads the team alongside Mark Cullingford, who advises on insolvency mandates and financial distress issues. Russell Reeves has experience in agriculture litigation, while Megan Jefferies focuses on intellectual property and data protection cases. Praised as ‘the emperor of estoppel’, Robert James is another key contact in the group.

South West > Real estate > Construction

Noted for its capabilities in land development matters, Thrings LLP advises on a range of commercial, mixed-use and residential development projects. Clean energy work and corporate occupier advice are additional areas of strength for the team. Renewables specialist Natalia Sokolov co-leads the practice alongside Alastair Govier, who handles the practice’s contentious construction work.