Alex Leonhardt 3

Alex Leonhardt

Year of Call: 2018
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Alex Leonhardt joined 3PB in April 2021 following the successful completion of his pupillage under Cheryl Jones and Charlotte Hadfield. He is based in Chambers’ centre in London.

Alex accepts instruction in all areas of civil law, and has a particular interest in employment, housing, education and public law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Alex worked in politics as a researcher to Members of Parliament and in public affairs for a body representing higher education providers. He also worked as a paralegal in a housing and public law department at a London law firm.


  • Employment and discrimination
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    Alex can provide advice, drafting and representation in relation to the full range of employment cases. He also has experience of advising on jurisdiction and Equality Act claims brought in the County Court.

    His recent cases include:

    • Successfully representing a claimant in a claim for an unpaid bonus, where the maximum potential bonus was recovered
    • Appearing on behalf of a respondent, successfully defending an unfair dismissal and protected disclosure claim
    • Providing advice and drafting on jurisdiction issues arising from the State Immunity Act
    • Advising and drafting in relation to a discrimination claim brought in the County Court.
  • Property and Estates
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    Alex accepts instructions in all areas of landlord and tenant law, and appears frequently in residential possession cases for both landlords and tenants.

    Recent instructions include providing advice on:

    • Service charge liabilities following defects in notices and associated limitation issues
    • The enforcement of leasehold covenants following potential waiver and estoppel.

    Alex has a strong understanding of social housing allocations and homelessness law from his experience as a paralegal working in a housing and public law department specialising in these areas of work. He is keen to accept instructions in this area.

  • Education
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    Alex accepts instructions in all areas of education law, and has experience in the SEND Tribunal including on National Trial cases. He regularly acts as a clerk to Independent Review Panels considering school exclusions. He also has experience advising on Ofsted regulatory matters.

    During pupillage Alex was supervised by leading education junior Charlotte Hadfield and in that time assisted in judicial review claims, cases in the First-Tier Tribunal and a claim involving breach of contract and disability discrimination by an independent school.

    Alex’s experience of working in higher education policy means that he is particularly interested in cases in the higher education context, including discrimination and breach of contract claims and cases involving complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education.

  • Commercial
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    Alex accepts instructions representing individuals and businesses in contractual matters in the county court, including Consumer Rights Act matters, misrepresentation claims and disputes about quality of work. He is particularly well placed to act in disputes arising from employment contracts or contracts for education in schools and universities.

    Recent instructions include:

    • Acting for employers and employees/directors in civil claims arising from restrictive covenants and non-compete clauses
    • Advising on a potential claim for estate agent’s fees under a multi-agency agreement, and potential counter-claims
    • Acting in frustration claims arising from the coronavirus pandemic
    • Advice and drafting for breach of a distribution agreement.
  • Articles
    • Merely technical breaches of TUPE, and can liability survive a withdrawal?

      Alex Leonhardt analyses Clark v Middleton and anor [2022] EAT 31, a case in which the EAT considered the ET's discretion to make (or not make) an award of compensation for breaches of TUPE Regulations, and the effect of withdrawal of a claim on a defendant's liability to pay compensation, in circumstances where the claimant has no freestanding right to bring a claim against

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    • On the limits of “firing and re-hiring”

      Alex Leonhardt analyses USDAW & Ors v Tesco Stores Limited [2022] EWHC 201 (QB), in which the High Court considered the restraints on the ability of employers to terminate with notice in order to impose new terms, in circumstances where there had been a prior commitment to keep a particular term.

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    • Court of Appeal on vicarious liability and “horseplay” in the workplace

      Chell v Tarmac Cement and Lime Ltd [2022] EWA Civ 7,

      Alex Leonhardt reviews Chell v Tarmac Cement and Lime Ltd [2022] EWA Civ 7, in which the Court of Appeal considers both vicarious liability for employees’ practical jokes or “horseplay” and a purported direct duty on employees to prevent the same, with some useful commentary on the relevance of tension or animosity between staff when that contributes to an employees’ wrongdoing.

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    • No anonymity order for former stripper

      Alex Leonhardt reviews A v Burke & Hare (EA-2020-SCO-0000067-DT), a case in which the EAT concludes that applications for anonymity orders need to be supported by robust evidence on harm that will arise to the party, going beyond mere embarrassment or social opprobrium, with evidence of impact on labour market outcomes potentially considered relevant and sufficient.

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    • School Uniforms and Exclusions

      Alice de Coverley and Alex Leonhardt analyse how the tricky, balancing questions around children’s rights, school uniforms and school discipline have been dealt with by the Courts.

      This article also appeared in the Education Law Monitor.

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    • Strike-out applications of discrimination claims: approach with particular caution

      Mallon v AECOM Ltd, UKEAT/0175/20/LA (V)

      Employment and civil law barrister Alex Leonhardt analyses Mallon v AECOM Ltd, UKEAT/0175/20/LA (V), a case in which the EAT again urged caution in the use of strike-out applications in discrimination cases, and warned against only considering the first of the three duties under s20 of the Equality Act in reasonable adjustment claims.

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    • Covid-19 and the Class of 2020 – can students claim compensation from their universities?

      Covid-19 and the Class of 2020.
      Pupil barrister Alex Leonhardt examines if students can claim compensation from their universities.

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    • A Licence to be Loose? Consequences of the Court of Appeal’s decision on gaps in gas safety certificates in Trecarrell House Ltd v Patricia Rouncefield [2020] EWCA Civ 760

      3PB first-six pupil barrister Alex Leonhardt reviews the case Trecarrell House Ltd v Patricia Rouncefield [2020] EWCA Civ 760 in a detailed article.

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    • Residential Landlord and Tenant Covid-19 Update

      3PB’s Head of Property and Estates Group Matthew Cannings and Alex Leonhardt, pupil barrister, have produced an update for residential landlords and tenants during the coronavirus pandemic. The article considers the implications of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and Practice Direction 51Z of the Civil Procedure Rules and what the new provisions mean for residential landlords and tenants, including the imposition of a 90-day stay on most possession proceedings and the new three-month notice requirement.

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Academic qualifications

  • Bar Professional Training Course, Cardiff University 2017-18 (Very competent)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Cardiff University, 2016-17 (Distinction)
  • MA Political Philosophy, University of York, 2011-2012 (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 2005-2008


  • Astbury Scholarship (Major Award), Middle Temple
  • Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple
  • Campbell Foster Prize for performance on the BPTC, Middle Temple