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Alex Maunders

Alex is currently in his second six months of pupillage and is happy to take instructions from across all of Chambers’ practice areas.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Alex worked as a paralegal at Band 1 ranked law firm on a number of high-profile litigations.

Areas of Practice

Civil

During his first-six Alex has observed numerous hearings in the High Court and County Court including case management hearings, interim applications, and small claims, fast track and multi-track trials. In his previous role Alex made applications before Masters in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court on various case management matters. He also has experience of drafting statements of case and applications in civil litigation.

Before pupillage Alex worked at a silver circle law firm and acquired understanding in a range of commercial and civil law areas. Further to this Alex is familiar with forms of alternative dispute resolution having won his university’s negotiation competition on the Bar Professional Training Course.

Alex has previously worked in defamation, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, and data protection. Here he worked on high profile multi-week trials in the High Court with numerous witnesses both in England and abroad to appeals in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) on nuanced points of law.

His voluntary role as a Motorsport UK Steward means that Alex wishes to develop a practice in sports law.

Crime

Alex has had extensive experience of the wide range of work undertaken by members of Chambers in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court. He has shadowed on a variety of cases, from multi-day Crown Court trials to sentencing hearings the Magistrates’ Court. He has also conducted research into nuanced areas of criminal law and procedure including applications for Defendants to have intermediaries, what recourse there is where a previously bailed Defendant had been remanded after conviction but prior to sentence, and under what circumstances an appeal court would re-open their determination.

On 2 February 2022 Alex and his co-pupil Ciara presented an online seminar to numerous legal professionals about the recent changes to knife crime law, particularly the alterations to the law of possessing a knife or other offensive weapon within a private setting.

Family

Prior to pupillage Alex worked at the National Centre for Domestic Violence securing non-molestation, occupation, and prohibited steps orders for victims of domestic abuse.

In his first six, Alex gained experience of a wide range of family work, including public and private children’s work, final hearings in financial remedy proceedings, and care proceedings.

Public law

Prior to commencing pupillage Alex successfully appealed decisions made by public bodies through his pro-bono work with the Free Representation Unit (FRU) on social security appeals and educational appeals with Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA). Appeals in the latter were against refusals to assess for and the contents of sections B and F in Education, Health, and Care plans. He has also shadowed counsel and marshalled in the Coroner’s Court.

During his first six Alex shadowed various members of Chambers to immigration appeals before the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tier Tribunal.

Scholarships and Awards

Neville Laski prize (Inner Temple, 2021)

Geoffrey Veale prize (Inner Temple, 2021)

Marshall Hall Trust award (Inner Temple, 2021)

First place, University Negotiation Competition (University of Law, London Bloomsbury, 2016)

Winner, University Mooting Competition (University of Law, Guildford, 2015)

BPTC Exhibition award (Inner Temple, 2015)

GDL Exhibition award (Inner Temple, 2014)
Education

Bar Professional Training Course (University of Law, 2017)

Graduate Diploma in Law (University of Law, 2015)

MA in Public Administration and Public Policy (University of York, 2014)

BA in Politics (University of York, 2012)

 

Other interests

Alex is enthusiastic about anything related to motorsport. After working in this area during his teenage years in 2021 he qualified as a voluntary Steward with Motorsport UK (the FIA recognised National Sporting Authority for the UK) and continues as an Event Steward for the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC). He also enjoys go-karting on an amateur basis but is frustrated that his professional driving career has not led him to greater heights within the sport.

Outside of motorsport Alex enjoys watching rugby, occasionally playing tag rugby, swimming, playing tennis, and reading.

 

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