ALEXANDER
WALKER

Called to the Bar in 2011

Inn: Lincolns Inn

Practice Areas: Crime, Family

Education

2011: Bar Professional Training Course, The College of Law (Birmingham)

2010: Graduate Diploma in Law, The College of Law (Manchester)

2009: BA(Hons) Philosophy, Sheffield University

 

 

Alex joined Chambers in 2013 as a third six having successfully completed a common law pupillage in Manchester. Alex has developed his practice specialising in Family, Crime and Regulatory Law. 

 

Alex’s approach is to provide realistic advice tailored to the client in an accessible way. This is backed up by strong advocacy skills in court and an in depth knowledge of the law. His experience of a broad range of legal areas makes him well placed to understand the interplay between different proceedings and allow him to provide a holistic view of cases.

 

 

Family Law

 

Since completing his pupillage Alex has developed his instructions in Family Law. Alex is regularly instructed in care and private law cases. In care cases Alex acts for both Local Authorities and parents encompassing the full range of proceedings.  When instructed in private law cases Alex appears for parents and can provide advice and representation at any stage in proceedings.

 

Alex is especially sought after by Local Authorities including in complex cases involving non-accidental injury, his experience of Criminal Law making him adept at providing advice at every stage of these proceedings which frequently engage evidence from both areas of law.  Alex has extensive experience of cases involving children with disabilities this being an area of particular interest to him and he is sought after for his ability to provide clear advice in what are frequently cases involving complicated care planning.  Local Authorities additionally seek to instruct Alex regularly in cases involving older children where missing episodes may require deprivation of liberty, recovery, or secure accommodation orders.

 

Notable Cases

  • 10 day fact-finding and 5 day final hearing for the local authority involving non-accidental injury involving novel injury to an 8 month old.  The case required extensive medical evidence to be called and involved a pool of perpetrators.  Intermediaries also required due to the vulnerabilities of some parties.  All findings made.

  • 5 day fact-finding and final hearing for the local authority involving allegations of physical abuse.  Some Respondents appearing in person having dispensed with the services of their legal teams on the 1st day of the hearing.  The case also involving linked wardship proceedings for one of the children.  All findings made.

  • 3 day final hearing for the local authority following adjourned final hearing.  The case saw the Secretary of State for the Home Department as an intervenor when the local authority sought to bring the mother into the country for the purpose of parenting assessment.

  • 5 day final hearing for the local authority following previous counsel’s services being dispensed with mid-hearing.  Alex successfully limiting costs to 1 day and providing advice to the local authority in respect of care planning regarding children with additional and complex needs.

  • 10 day fact-finding and final hearing for the local authority in which the local authority issued proceedings following chronic neglect and so as to ensure that the correct Court or Protection safeguards could be applied to the young person moving forward, the young person having disabilities which required specialist provision.

  • 8 day fact-finding for the local authority in which extensive controlling and coercive behaviour was alleged.  The local authority relying on extensive police disclosure and the mother requiring intermediary and interpreter initially denied the matters they reported.  Findings made.

  • 5 day final hearing for a mother who herself had significant learning difficulties and did not oppose care plan of adoption but sought post adoption contact.  Alex was specifically instructed due to his extensive experience of representing vulnerable people.

 

Criminal Law

 

Alex has extensive experience of Criminal Law. He appears for both the Crown and the Defence. Alex receives instructions in the full range of criminal offences including serious drugs and violence cases.  

 

Alex is a Level 2 Prosecutor and has gained a wealth of experience acting for the Crown from providing early stage advice, through to legal arguments and representation at trial.  Alex has also appeared for the Crown as the Respondent in the Court of Appeal.

 

Notable Cases

  • R v P - The Crown Court at Wood Green - Defends in a case of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Legal arguments exclude the confession to Police on arrest, and the contents of an alleged ‘dealer phone’ were subsequently ruled inadmissible.  Following a hung jury the Prosecution seek a retrial at which an acquittal is secured following the admission of the previously excluded alleged ‘dealer phone’.

  • R v E - The Crown Court at Basildon - Successfully prosecutes a s18 chemical attack involving an alkaline substance.  This is reported by the local press and legal submissions are required to determine how to proceed in light of inaccurate reporting.

  • R v A - The Crown Court at Chelmsford - Successfully prosecuted a trial involving £3million cocaine importation in which the Crown relies extensively on tachograph evidence requiring forensic examination and clear presentation of technical documents to the jury.

  • R v G - The Crown Court at Kingston - Successfully defends a case of false accounting and theft from employer following abuse of process submissions mid trial.  The abuse being that the complainant company had in effect conducted much of the investigation internally and significant failures in the disclosure process come to light.

  • R v T - The Crown Court at Snaresbrook - Successfully prosecutes a £84,000 benefit fraud claim spanning multiple years.

  • R v W - The Crown Court at Maidstone- Defends in a s20 which is dismissed following successful application to dismiss.

  • R v G - The Crown Court at Maidstone - Instructed to defend in a dangerous driving trial in which the Prosecution offer no evidence following abuse of process submissions.  The case having previously seen the jury discharged when the Crown’s case was that the doctor from civil law proceedings who recorded a contradicatory account to the Crown’s case could not be found.  Utilising knowledge from other practice areas Alex highlighted that it could not be accurate that the doctor couldn’t be found as his GMC number was available on each of the documents he had produced.  Following the adjournment significant failures in the disclosure process fatally undermined the prosecution case.

  • R v S - The Crown Court at Canterbury - Instructed to defend in a trial involving serious violence where Defendant is unfit to plead.

  • R v B - The Crown Court at Maidstone - Secures acquittal in sexual assault trial where the Defendant required an intermediary owing to significant learning difficulties and Asperger’s.  

 

 

Regulatory Law

 

Alex completed 9 months seconded to the General Pharmaceutical Council on a 4 day a week basis. This saw him embedded in the regional teams as a Professionals Regulation Lawyer providing advice at all stages of a case and presenting them in Court. Alex is adept at drafting, advising, and representing in Regulatory Law.  This experience also saw Alex appear on behalf of the General Pharmaceutical Council before the High Court. Alex is open to instructions in Regulatory cases for both Regulatory bodies and Registrants.