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Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Banking and finance
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Commercial law
  • Constitutional public and human rights law
  • Jurisdiction, conflicts and enforcement
  • Private international law
  • Shipping


Alexander is a commercial litigator. He has a broad practice in all areas of commercial law, and represents clients in matters involving general commercial disputes, civil fraud and asset tracing, finance, insurance, international trade, shipping, and offshore construction.

He appears as a junior or as sole counsel in the High Court (Commercial Court and Chancery Division) and in international arbitrations worldwide under a variety of rules, typically ICC, LCIA, LMAA, GAFTA and FOSFA rules.

Alexander is a keen linguist and has acted in a number of international disputes with French, Spanish and Italian documents.

He has particular expertise in the conflict of laws (especially jurisdiction and the enforcement of foreign judgments, and the Brussels and Lugano regimes), including ancillary relief (especially anti-suit and freezing injunctions).

In addition to his full-time practice at the Bar, Alexander is Teaching Fellow in International Commercial Litigation at University College London.


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association


  • BPP Law School: Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent (2014)
  • University of Oxford, Lincoln College: Bachelor of Civil Laws, Distinction (2013)
  • University of Cambridge, Trinity College: BA (Hons) in Law, Double First Class (2012)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Alexander ThompsonTwenty Essex ‘A joy to work with and a fierce intellect.’

Praised as a ‘premier set in shipping and commodities with strength in depth at all levels’, Twenty Essex  supports clients in disputes across the whole gamut of maritime matters. Timothy Hill KC, Alex Carless, and Michal Hain all acted on the CMA CGM Libra, which proceeded to the Supreme Court in 2021 and held that a defective passage plan renders a vessel unseaworthy. Elsewhere, Timothy Young KC acted for the Spanish government in London Steam-Ship Owners’ Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v Spain opposite Alexander Thompson; the case concerns one of the largest oil spills in Europe caused by the sinking of the Prestige off the coast of Galicia in 2002. Henry Byam-Cook KC and Philip Riches KC continue to receive instructions on high-profile disputes, with the former involved in two cases arising out of the insolvency of a trading company and a subsequent ship arrest which will be heard concurrently in the Commercial Court. Oliver Caplin, who specialises in dry shipping, has also had a strong year, including acting as sole counsel against silks.