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Alistair has a busy practice spanning a range of civil and commercial litigation. He has appeared in the Supreme Court on multiple cases and has been instructed in a number of high profile cases, including by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Mau Mau litigation brought by thousands of claimants in respect of alleged abuse in Kenya.
Alistair is particularly sought after in cases involving jurisdiction and conflict of laws disputes and has already developed a reputation for providing practical and thoughtful advice in complex cases.
Recent cases include:
Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc (2017) UKSC
Currently instructed by the appellant in a pending appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the English courts’ jurisdiction in fatal accident cases.
- Moreno v Motor Insurers’ Bureau  UKSC 52
Instructed by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in this successful appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the law applicable to the Bureau’s obligations in respect of foreign accidents.
- In the matter of D (A Child)  UKSC 34
Instructed by the Ministry of Justice, successfully intervening in an appeal to the Supreme Court in a case concerning the scope for appeals against decisions to enforce foreign judgments.
- Ministry of Defence v Iraqi Civilians  UKSC 25
Instructed as part of a team of counsel on the appeal to the Supreme Court in this case and on further issues concerning the application of Iraqi law under the Foreign Limitation Periods Act 1984.
- Laserpoint Ltd v Prime Minister of Malta  EWHC 1820 (QB)
Instructed by the successful appellant in a challenge to an order enforcing a Maltese judgment. Enforcement was refused on the grounds of public policy and for failure to properly serve the Maltese writ.
- Committeri v Club Méditeranée  EWHC 1510 (QB)
Instructed in a case concerning the scope of the Rome I and Rome II Regulations and the proper construction of choice of law clauses.
Recent and ongoing cases include:
Amlin v Baby Basics Limited – Represented the successful claimant in an action seeking negative declaratory relief in respect of class-action lawsuits brought in Israel arising out of allegedly defective products used by infants.
- ES & Ors v Groupama Méditerranée – Acting as junior counsel in a fatal accident claim, governed by French law and pleaded in excess of £90 million, arising from an allegedly defective tyre.
- X, Y and Z v Whirlpool UK Appliances – Representing the claimants in this action concerning the circumstances in which damages are recoverable for psychiatric injuries under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
- In re X Ltd – Advising a company in relation to a recall after the discovery of asbestos in an imported product.
Illustrative recent cases include:
Laserpoint Ltd v Prime Minister of Malta  EWHC 1820 (QB) – A dispute arising from a fire in a Maltese convention centre, said to have been caused by the use of a laser-lighting display (led by Marie Louise Kinsler).
- Multiple claims involving fires arising from defective or allegedly defective white goods.
- Claims under the Water Industry Act 1991 in respect of flooding damage.
Alistair’s recent work includes:
Amlin v Baby Basics Limited – Acted (as sole counsel) for the successful insurer in a claim for a declaration that no indemnity was owed pursuant to a product liability insurance policy in respect of two class-action lawsuits pleaded in excess of £7.5 million.
- X v Amlin – Advising in respect of coverage under a private medical malpractice policy.
- Y v AXA – Advising in a claim concerning allegedly fraudulent representations made in the course of a policy’s negotiation.