Alexander Hutton KC > Hailsham Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hailsham Chambers
CHAMBERS OF JULIAN PICTON KC
4 PAPER BUILDINGS, TEMPLE
EC4Y 7EX
England

Position

Alexander’s practice is focused in two fields: clinical negligence, for claimants and defendants, and all aspects of costs law.

In both these fields, Alexander is recommended in the highest band of leading silks in the directories and acts in connection with a range of clinical negligence cases, with special focus on those of the most serious nature and highest value. He has also appeared in many of the leading costs cases over the last 20 years, and was chair of the committee that introduced the now mandatory electronic bill of costs.

“Has an ability to cut through detail to the crux of a case with unerring accuracy and confidence” Legal 500 2021

“A go-to leader for big costs actions and cases concerning complex issues relating to the recoverability of success fees” Chambers UK 2021

“He is incredibly personable and has great tactical awareness” Legal 500 2020 

“He always achieves what often seems to be an impossible result”  Chambers UK 2018

“He does what not many counsel do in that he’s equally good on paper as he is on his feet in court” Chambers UK 2017

“A likeable and knowledgeable silk, and an excellent advocate” “He is brilliant on his feet.” The Legal 500 2017

“Alex is a beautifully skilled advocate. He is good at cross-examination and affable and easy to work with.” Chambers UK 2016

It is said of him that “he has the sharpest intellect, technical prowess and among the best advocacy skills around” (The Legal 500 2014). In costs, “he has a superb command of costs law and is a measured and tenacious advocate” (Chambers UK 2015). He is regularly instructed in some of the largest and most complex clinical negligence actions. Over a number of years, he has appeared in a substantial number of the most important costs cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

“A recent silk whose reputation continues to rise, thanks particularly to the strength of his intellect and the power of his courtroom advocacy”, “he’s an excellent all-rounder, who is very bright and good with clients” Chambers UK 2014

“He has the sharpest intellect, technical prowess and among the best advocacy skills around.’ Legal 500 2014.

As the quotes above suggest, Alexander is an all-rounder with recognised strengths on paper, on mastering difficult medical and legal issues and in person with clients and in court, whether as a trial or appellate advocate. Alexander is instructed in cases involving all aspects of medicine and medical law, with particular emphasis on maximum value injury cases and those which involve complex medical and legal issues. He has always had a mixed practice of claimant and defendant work in both clinical negligence and costs.

Career

Called 1992, Gray’s Inn; KC 2012; Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel) 1999-2005; barrister assessor for costs appeals to High Court judges since 1999.

Memberships

South-Eastern Circuit; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; AvMA.

Education

University of Bristol (1990 BSc Politics First-class Hons); University of Westminster (CPE).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Hutton KCHailsham ChambersHe has encyclopaedic knowledge of costs law, excellent tactical judgment and works hand in hand with solicitors and costs lawyers to deliver great results.

Hailsham Chambers is a key set for costs matters, its group of barristers at the forefront of developments in the law and practice in this area. Members have been involved in important costs decisions at the Court of Appeal, one highlight being 2020 silk Jamie Carpenter KC acting for the latter party in Langer v McKeown, in which the Court of Appeal considered for the first time whether, at the conclusion of a trial of preliminary issues, a Calderbank offer which relates to the entire claim should be treated in the same way as a Part 36 offer. High-value solicitor client disputes have also been a feature highlight at chambers with Carpenter on the opposite side to experienced costs silk Alexander Hutton KC in Privinvest v Quinn Emanuel, Hutton acting for the former, in its application for detailed assessment for £14m of costs, which was settled in November 2021. Andrew Post KC practices in costs and criminal negligence, often acting where points of principle arise in large scale litigation, and on appeals where there are issues of wider significance. A particularly strong crop of juniors includes non-contentious costs specialist Mark Friston; senior junior Dan StaceyJoshua Munro, who has experience in costs disputes at the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court; and Imran Benson, who was appointed a Deputy Costs Judge at the Senior Courts Costs Office in August 2021.

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Hutton KCHailsham Chambers ‘Alexander is beautifully polished advocate with sharp intellect and an easy-going, calm demeanour that makes him very easy to work with. He is a particular authority on costs.’