Mr Alexander Cook > Chambers of George Bompas KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas KC
4 Stone Buildings
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3XT
England

Work Department

Litigation – commercial chancery; company; insolvency; fraud; civil; proceeds of crime; civil recovery.

Position

Alexander has a litigation-focussed commercial Chancery practice, with a significant emphasis on high profile and high value disputes in the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court, both as junior to QCs and as sole advocate.

Alexander’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, fraud, company law, insolvency, and actions under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. A significant proportion of Alexander’s practice comprises offshore or international work. He appears regularly before the British Virgin Islands Commercial Court, having been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Alexander also has experience of acting in cases involving other common law jurisdictions, including Bermuda, Cyprus, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jersey and Guernsey.

In addition to his private work, Alexander also undertakes work on behalf of the UK government. He has been appointed as Standing Counsel to the Competition and Markets Authority and is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (A Panel).

Career

Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands), New York State Bar, COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association

Memberships

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI) (admitted 2015); New York State Bar (admitted 2008); COMBAR; Bar Pro Bono Unit

Appointments: Standing Counsel to the Competition and Markets Authority, Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (A Panel)

Education

The King’s School, Chester; University College, Oxford MA (Oxon); Washington and Lee University (LLM).

Leisure

Tennis, skiing, triathlon.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Alexander Cook4 Stone Buildings ‘Superb advocacy and attention to detail. Meticulous preparation he is often instructed against silks.’

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Cook4 Stone Buildings

London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Alexander Cook4 Stone Buildings ‘He is a brilliant advocate, being extremely quick on his feet and immaculately prepared.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Alexander Cook4 Stone Buildings ‘Alex is a dream to work with, combining excellent legal and technical skills with a good dose of common sense. He is good at helping clients find a path through thorny issues, and does not flinch in the face of tricky or unexpected circumstances.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Alexander Cook4 Stone Buildings ‘Alex is very measured and calm, even when working under pressure and tight timeframes. He provides clear advice on both technical legal points, as well as overall strategy. His advocacy is excellent all round, in particular his cross-examination is incisive and effective.’

4 Stone Buildings is ‘a strong set for company, fraud and commercial work‘ whose barristers are ‘without exception, friendly, easy to work with, and supremely confident and gifted lawyers‘. The set is also strong on insolvency and restructuring related fraud claims. Recent cases include Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories, in which Jonathan Crow KC  represented the Secretary of State for Health in a multi-million pound claim against a pharmaceutical company for overcharging the NHS for drugs subject to patent allegedly procured through fraud, which went to the Supreme Court. Richard Hill KC is leading the team defending the Michelin-starred chef, Axel Manes, in MAD Atelier International BV v Manes, involving a transfer of share under value, allegedly by duping a joint venture partner, in a company owning the “Atelier de Joel Robuchon” restaurants. Several impressive juniors are also making a name for themselves, including Alexander Cook and Guy Olliff-Cooper.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Alexander Cook4 Stone BuildingsAlex is hard working, conscientious and always delivers high quality work beyond his years, even when under considerable time or time difference pressures, and even when he has other commitments.  His reliability is beyond the norm.  In advocacy terms his performance is assured, secure, persuasive and beyond his years.’