Alexander Whatley

Year of Call: 2014
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Telephone: 01202 292 102

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Alexander Whatley has a busy civil practice incorporating Commercial, Personal Injury and Property.

Alexander joined 3PB after successful completion of his pupillage. Before commencing his career at the Bar he worked in a City advisory firm conducting investigative corporate intelligence for global merchants and hedge funds in the field of international commodity trading.


  • Finalist in the Thomas A. Finlay International Mooting Competition
  • Winner of Southampton Law Society Negotiation Competition
  • Winner of Southampton Speed-Mooting Competition


  • Commercial
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    Alexander regularly conducts Fast and Multi-Track commercial trials in addition to representing parties in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

    Recent cases include:

    • C & C v D [2019] - Represented the Claimants in a 3-day misrepresentation trial involving an alleged village conspiracy, abusive neighbours and the existence of ghosts.
    • R v M [2019] - Acted for the Defendant in a contract dispute arising out of a university start-up venture which had transformed into a multi-million-pound media company.
    • In the Matter of W E PLC [2018] - Acted for the company in the High Court over the course of several months in a successful application to reduce their share premium account and transfer to special reserve in the amount of £6m.
    • FP Ltd v LT Ltd [2018] A T Ltd v M C Ltd [2018]; W K v CWC Ltd [2018]; CS v HH Ltd [2018] et al - Represented both Claimants and Defendants in a sequence of recruitment agency litigation – ATOW Alex has not lost a recruitment trial.

    Alexander's practice includes drafting, advising and providing court representation in the following areas:

    • Agency law with a sub-speciality in recruitment and estate agency litigation
    • Reputational damage arising out of breach of contract including a successful recovery of damages arising from a horse trainer being labelled dishonest after feed purchased from a supplier was found to contain prohibited substances
    • Shareholder Misfeasance including illegal conduct arising out of the Companies Act 2006
    • Formation disputes including acceptance by conduct
    • Sale of goods and supply of services with recent experience in the holiday and travel markets
    • Debt recovery including defective construction claims with associated breaches of planning permission
    • Unfair terms in consumer contracts
    • Reduction in Share Capital Applications
    • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
    • Professional Negligence with recent work including professionals in the Property industry
    • Product liability including advising on a defective paint grenade
    • Claims in restitution relating to business and commerce
    • Travel-related claims including international timeshare agreements
    • Libel claims arising from online defamation
    • Reputational Damage
    • Misrepresentation in both tort and contractual claims
    • Extensive experience in conducting and opposing relief from sanctions applications
    • Limitation
    • Part 36 disputes.


    • 12th Dec 2018

      In torts such as deceit, where liability depends on the claimant acting in reliance on a statement made to him, the test for establishing vicarious liability is not the same as for other wrongs committed in the course of a servant’s employment. Alex Whatley analyses the Court of Appeals recent decision in Winter v. Hockley Mint Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2480.

      Alex Whatley is a Commercial Law barrister specialising in business disputes and Agency. Click here to view his profile.

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  • Personal Injury
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    Personal injury forms the centre of Alex’s practice. He regularly appears in matters in the Multi-Track and Fast Track concerning:

    • Road traffic accidents
    • Employer’s liability
    • Occupier’s liability
    • CCMC’s
    • Product liability
    • Vicarious liability
    • The Highways Act
    • Psychological Injuries
    • Fundamental dishonesty and LVI
    • MOJ Portal claims.

    Alex has considerable experience drafting pleadings and advices in complex personal injury cases including matters involving permanent conditions and provisional damages.

    Credit Hire

    Alex has built up extensive knowledge in credit hire matters through regular instructions in high value fast track disputes. He undertakes work on both claimant and defendant sides and has dealt with cases covering a broad range of credit hire issues.

  • Property and Estates
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    Alex’s court experiences includes:

    • Mortgage Possessions
    • Mortgage Applications
    • Landlord and Tenant (Residential and Commercial)
    • Trespass
    • Charging Orders
    • Bankruptcy and
    • Nuisance.

    Alex’s written experience extends to advising on property disputes including:

    • Commercial Leaseholds
    • Relief from Forfeiture
    • Construction Contracts and
    • Service Charges.

Academic qualifications

  • Kaplan Law School BPTC
  • University of Southampton LLB Law


  • Inner Temple Profumo Scholarship
  • Inner Temple Major Exhibition Award
  • Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Kaplan BPTC Future Potential Scholarship

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • BPP Civil Forensic Accountancy Course
  • Western Circuit's Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Course.