"Alex has a razor-sharp academic mind which he uses to apply nuanced arguments to every case. He is approachable and practical and immediately puts clients at ease" Legal 500 2023
Alex is a tenacious and results-driven advocate. He practices principally in the areas of
- National Security
- Inquiries and Inquests
- Regulatory Law
- Serious and Organised Crime
The hallmarks of Alex’s practice are: forensic analysis; strategic advice; and uncompromising advocacy. The unifying feature cutting across his specialism is those cases that concern the most fundamental collision between individual and corporate rights on the one hand, and the interests of the State on the other.
Alex has been an appointee of the Attorney General’s panel of Special Advocates since 2017. In recent years, he has been instructed in some of the leading National Security cases including Saifullah (the human rights judicial review that led to the creation of the Afghanistan Public Inquiry) and LetterOne (one of the first cases to consider the Secretary of State’s call-in powers under the National Security and Investment Act 2021). He has the necessary clearance represent to individuals in all Closed proceedings, whether before SIAC or any other tribunal.
For the last 4 years Alex has been instructed as first junior counsel for the bereaved families of those killed in the Manchester Arena Bombing Public Inquiry. He has recently been appointed as junior Counsel to Inquiry assisting Sir John Mitting with his investigation into the conduct of Undercover Policing. Additionally, Alex has extensive high-level experience in inquest proceedings where he represents both families and those under scrutiny. He has appeared in many complex Article 2 cases, particularly those that touch upon deaths arising in healthcare, prison and military settings.
The foundations of all of Alex’s practice are built on many years of Courtroom experience in the litigation of fraud and of serious crime. He tends to be particularly sought after where factually and legally complex allegations are concerned.
As well as providing courtroom representation, Alex advises individuals and corporates, particularly in the areas of regulatory compliance and investigations. Recent clients have included international sporting bodies and household-name corporates.
Alex can accept Direct Public Access instruction.
R (Saifullah) v Secretary of State for Defence: Bereaved Afghani civilians claimed that their relatives had been deliberately and unlawfully killed by UK Special Forces in the conduct of ‘Direct Detention Operations’ and brought judicial review proceedings alleging breach of Article 2. At the Defence Secretary’s application, the Court made a CMP declaration pursuant to s6. of the Justice and Security Act 2013 and Alex was then appointed junior Special Advocate, led by two KCs. After an extended disclosure exercise, the case concluded with the Government’s announcement that it would appoint Lord Justice Haddon-Cave to chair a new statutory public inquiry to investigate and report on allegations of wrongdoing by the British Armed Forces in relation to their conduct of deliberate detention operations (DDOs) in Afghanistan in the period 2010 - 2013
R (L1) v Secretary of State in the Cabinet Office: A novel and high profile judicial review challenging the SoS’ exercise of new call-in powers under the National Security and Enterprise Act 2001. The case concerns a challenge to a Final Order (issued in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine) that a Russian-owned investment company must divest its holding in a UK broadband provider for national security reasons. Alex is appointed as Special Advocate for the claimants.
Secretary of State for the Home Department v LXB: Proceedings considering the first TPIM imposed on an individual said to hold extreme right-wing beliefs.
C9: A deprivation case. C9 challenges the decision to deprive him of his British Citizenship on national security grounds. The decision is defended on the grounds that the NCA assess him to be the head of an organised crime group focussing primarily on organised immigration crime facilitating the movement of migrants by HGV’s and small boats.
C10: C10 is one of a number of deprivation cases where British women detained in Camp Roj, Syria challenge the decision to strip them of their citizenship. Alex is appointed as Special Advocate, with the case to be determined once the linked case of Shamima Begum has concluded.
- "Alex Jamieson has a broad disciplinary practice in which he acts for a range of medical professionals, including nurses, dentists and vets. He also has experience presenting on behalf of regulators." Chambers UK 2024, Professional Discipline
- "He delivers fantastic results on veterinary work. He's a hugely empathetic individual who is razor-sharp intellectually. He's excellent at understanding and explaining the issues. I couldn't praise him highly enough."Chambers UK 2024, Professional Discipline
- "Alex always surpasses expectations - he's very thorough and very academic; he has very good judgement and is somebody I would instruct in a heartbeat."Chambers UK 2024, Professional Discipline
- "A skilled barrister with a robust cross-examination technique and adaptable style." Legal 500 2024, Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law
- "Alex is the complete package. A compelling and forensic advocate, hugely bright, and gets to the key issue of a case exceptionally quickly. Excellent with clients." Legal 500 2024, Inquests and Inquiries
- "Alex is extremely personable and down to earth and provides honest and practical advice. He cares deeply about his clients and in court, he is eloquent and persuasive." Legal 500 2024, Fraud: Crime
- "Alex is calm, considered, reassuring and intellectual. He is a safe pair of hands for any case." Legal 500 2024, Crime
- "Provides direct and clear advice in an empathetic way. Puts clients at their ease but gets his message across very effectively. Understated but persuasive advocacy style - very measured." Legal 500 2023, Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law
- "Alex is tremendously diligent and hardworking. He is also very attentive and compassionate in relation to his clients" Legal 500 2023, Inquests and Inquiries
- "Alex is extremely knowledgeable. He is down-to-earth which makes him well-liked by clients. He is a passionate advocate." Legal 500 2023, Fraud: Crime
- "Alex has a razor-sharp academic mind which he uses to apply nuanced arguments to every case. He is approachable and practical and immediately puts clients at ease" Legal 500 2023, Crime
- "Alex brings an incredible calmness to case preparation and court advocacy. He seems able to slow time and centres on the key issues in cases, filtering out the noise. His calmness and targeted communication allows him to engage with lay clients at ease, building respect and confidence with them. It also allows him to command the attention and respect of judges and tribunals alike." Legal 500 Crime 2022
- "A great advocate who is down to earth, knowledgeable, and remains serene under pressure." Legal 500 Fraud Crime 2022
- "Excellent with clients and very user-friendly - definitely a team player. His advocacy skills are top class." Legal 500 2022 Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law
- "Very thorough and detail focused - a supremely confident performer and impressive advocate." Legal 500 2022 Inquests and Inquiries
- “A superb barrister. Impressive beyond his years, clever and with excellent judgement…” Legal 500, 2021 (Professional Discipline)
- “Alex has the gravitas of someone more senior than his years and his approach to cases is sensible, pragmatic, reasonable and thorough. He meticulously prepares all cases and will run all the possible legal arguments required taking advantage of lapses in procedure to exclude and challenge evidence. He is a class act and someone who can turn his hand to any case. He is popular with clients who find his manner approachable and his willingness to go the extra mile for a client is noteworthy.” Legal 500, 2021 (Fraud)
- “He exudes an aura of control through his calm demeanour. His calmness and measured approach, allows him to engage with lay clients at ease, building respect and confidence with them quickly. Lay clients find his “no nonsense”, “say it as it is” approach reassuring, as it provides clarity." Legal 500, 2021 (Crime)
- "Hardworking, with a brilliant brain." Legal 500, 2020 (Fraud)
- "A poised and persuasive advocate." Legal 500, 2020 (Professional Discipline)
- "He has a controlled and measured approach..." Legal 500, 2020 (Crime)
- "He knows his cases inside-out and impresses with his attention to detail. He is very bright and tactical, clients like him because of his relaxed manner." Legal 500, 2019
- “He exudes confidence in an understated way." Legal 500, 2018
- “He has an eloquent and uncompromising approach, combining genuine legal acumen with a practical touch.” Legal 500, 2017
Selected Lectures and Publications
- Human Rights and Benefit Calculations – Address to the Criminal Law Friendly Society
- Unexplained Wealth Orders – 25 Bedford Row Fraud Group Bulletin
- Impairment, Sanction & the Public Interest – Address to the General Dental Council
- Approaching the Inquest from the Regulatory Perspective - Address to the Royal College of Nurses
- The Regulation of Health & Social Provisions Bill
- The Criminal Liability of Companies – for PLC
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- CyberCrime Practitioners Association
- MA (Cantab) in Law, Jesus College, Cambridge