David Alexander KC > South Square > London, England > Lawyer Profile

South Square


He has a predominantly litigation-based practice with a particular emphasis on company, commercial, banking, insolvency and restructuring, civil fraud and contentious trust work. He has appeared regularly in courts in England, including the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Privy Council. David has also acted extensively in relation to international cases including in the Bahamas, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Jersey and Gibraltar.

Over the course of the more than 30 years that David has been at the Bar (11 of which have been in silk) David has been instructed in relation to many of the major insolvencies that have taken place since the late 1980s, including BCCI, Maxwell, Parmalat, TXU, Madoff, Enron, Lehman, MF Global and Landsbanki.

A specialist and highly recommended trial lawyer David has appeared in many major, lengthy trials including in relation to the Maxwell saga, the KWELM litigation, New Gadget Shop and the Thyssen litigation in Bermuda.  More recent significant trials include Smithson v Naggar (breach of duty/misrepresentation claim), LBI hf v Stanford (claim for repayment of £20 million), International Consolidated Minerals Limited, Moses v Fry (breach of duty claim against former administrators), Marrache & Co v Jyske Bank (dishonest assistance/knowing receipt claim in Gibraltar) and Ma v Wong (unfair prejudice claim in BVI).


Called 1987; QC 2006; called ad hoc to the Bars of Bermuda and the Bahamas.


COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association.


Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (MA).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

David Alexander KCSouth Square ‘Gets on top of all the facts. Very effective cross-examiner.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

David Alexander KCSouth Square ‘David is happy to roll his sleeves up and get stuck into the detail. He has a good sense of what arguments will play well with the judge.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

David Alexander KCSouth Square ‘Responsive, down to earth, works well in a team, clients like him and easy to work with.’

Strong across the bench in all things company and insolvency related‘, South Square has a foundation in insolvency related instructions but also real strength in shareholder litigation, as well as the recently popular area of schemes of arrangement. One of the highlights in that area was a scheme to compromise mis-selling claims against Provident Financial plc, one of the largest ever schemes of arrangement, with more than 428,000 creditors voting at the scheme meeting. Barry Isaacs KC led Adam Goodison and Ryan Perkins advising Provident, with Tom Smith KC acting for the FCA on the opposite side. Members of chambers have also been involved in some of the market-leading shareholder disputes, including Ma v Wong, where David Alexander KC led Perkins for the latter party.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

David Alexander KCSouth Square ‘Oral advocacy great – straight talking and clear. Very client friendly. Gets on top of all the facts. Very effective cross-examiner.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

David Alexander KC – South Square ‘David is a wonderful barrister and what you want in a senior silk at the top of his game. He leads the team with authority and ease. He is a pleasure to deal with at all times.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Alexander KCSouth SquareVery client friendly, very responsive, accessible and a team player. Well prepared for court advocacy and generally popular with judges.’