Alex Ivory

Call 2021


Alex has experience of acting and advising in a wide variety of insurance matters, including aviation insurance, COVID-19 business interruption, and fraud.

Notable Insurance cases

Instructed as part of a counsel team (led by Charles Dougherty KC and Ruth Kennedy) for a war-risks insurer in litigation arising out of the insurance of commercial aircraft leased in Russia.

Acting for the insurer in a coverage dispute under a travel insurance policy for losses arising from travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advising the insurer in respect of the merits of invoking fraud in a coverage dispute.

Advising the insurer as to its position following undisclosed settlement of a subrogated claim by an insured.

Assisting (as a pupil) Charles Dougherty KC and Timothy Killen in Various Eateries Trading Limited v Allianz Insurance Plc [2022] EWHC 3549 (Comm), a case concerning issues of policy coverage, causation and aggregation in relation to business interruption losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alex acts in clinical negligence matters both led and unled. As sole counsel, Alex regularly settles pleadings in both the High Court and the County Court. He also has experience of advising on liability and quantum, in writing and in conference. The broad range of clinical negligence cases in which Alex has acted or advised include those related to cauda equina syndrome, stillbirth, hypoxic brain injury, sepsis, multiple limb amputation, delayed diagnosis of cancer, suicide while in a psychiatric care facility, failure to obtain informed consent, cosmetic surgery and hair transplants.

Alex is also often instructed by NHS Trusts in claims which cut across practice areas, including data protection, human rights and employers’ liability.

Alex recently acted (led by Caroline Harrison KC) on behalf of the Defendant NHS Trust in a claim arising from alleged failure to act on a CTG leading to hypoxic brain injury. The matter was heard at a five-day trial in the High Court in January 2024 and judgment is awaited.

Alex has a busy property damage practice. He acts in a variety of property damage and construction disputes, including damage by fire, flood and tree roots. He is regularly instructed by Claimants and Defendants and has experience in acting in and advising on cases involving alleged damage to utilities services such as gas and electricity.

Notable Property Damage cases

Representing the successful defendant at trial in a claim arising from damage allegedly caused by railway dust.

Representing the successful local authority at trial in a claim brought for alleged damage to a residence from arboricultural debris.

Assisting in a c.£1m subrogated claim against gas companies for property damage following a gas explosion deliberately caused by a third party.

Assisting with advising on a contribution claim brought under the Construction Plant-hire Association Model Conditions.

Alex accepts instructions in a range of product liability work.

He is currently instructed (led by Toby Riley-Smith KC and Anna Hughes) in a number of claims brought by patients against a manufacturer of a female sterilisation product.

During pupillage, Alex assisted in advising on a proposed novel claim against a global online marketplace for a defective product sold via its website.

He recently acted as sole counsel in a claim involving an allegedly defective boiler.

Alex has an established practice in public inquiry work. He is currently instructed as part of the counsel team for the Thirlwall Inquiry.  He was previously instructed as a Junior-Junior for HMRC in the COVID-19 Inquiry. As a pupil, he assisted on behalf of a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Alex accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ commercial work. Alex recently assisted in a US$ 130m arbitration governed by ADCCAC rules and seated in Abu Dhabi.

During pupillage, he assisted Timothy Killen with a claim brought in the DIFC courts arising out of alleged breaches of a joint venture agreement.

Alex welcomes instructions in private international law matters. He has experience of advising on, and settling pleadings in, actions against foreign insurers, including advising on service out of jurisdiction.

Alex recently acted for the successful Defendant in an application for strike-out of a claim defectively brought against a Romanian haulage company.

Alex has experience of advising, drafting and appearing at trial in personal injury matters including road traffic accidents and accidents at work. Alex frequently acts for both Claimants and Defendants in cases where fundamental dishonesty is alleged.

Notable Personal Injury cases

Successfully resisting an appeal against dismissal of a claim brought by a cyclist for personal injury arising from a road traffic accident.

Acting as a ‘junior-junior’ in a fact-heavy stress at work claim, involving allegations spanning a number of years.

Assisting Niazi Fetto KC in a multi-million pound claim arising out of the alleged unlawful immigration detention of a Sri Lankan sexual abuse victim.

Privacy Policy

Alex Ivory Privacy Policy

My contact details:

ICO Reg No: ZB328236
Address: 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY
Phone: +44 (0)20 7822 1200

The type of personal information I collect

To enable me to provide you with legal advice and representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations and mediations, I currently collect and process the following personal information:

Personal identifiers, contacts and characteristics (for example, name, date of birth and contact details), bank and financial details, your background and circumstance and education.

Other personal data relevant to, or included in instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the instructions in question and data included in documents provided to me as part of instructions or otherwise.

Such information may include personal information relating to family members, associates, agents, employees, shareholders or beneficial owners. By providing such personal information to me, you automatically confirm that you are authorised to do so. It is not reasonably practicable for me to provide the information set out in this Privacy Notice to those individuals. Accordingly, where appropriate, you are responsible for providing this information to any such individuals.

Where necessary, I may also need to process Special Category data about you including

  • racial or ethnic origin;
  • personal data revealing political opinions;
  • personal data revealing religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • personal data revealing trade union membership;
  • genetic data;
  • biometric data (where used for identification purposes);
  • data concerning health;
  • data concerning a person’s sex life; and
  • data concerning a person’s sexual orientation.

How I get the personal information and why I have it

Most of the personal information that I process is provided to me directly by you or via the professional you have instructed such as a solicitor or consultant or other professional adviser who instructs me on your behalf to provide legal services.

I use the information that you have given me in order to

  • provide legal services to you, my client, including the provision of legal advice and
  • representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations, and mediations
  • keep accounting records and carry out office administration
  • take or defend legal or regulatory proceedings or to exercise a lien
  • respond to potential complaints or make complaints
  • check for potential conflicts of interest in relation to future potential cases
  • promote and market my services
  • carry out anti-money laundering and terrorist financing checks
  • train other barristers and pupils, and when providing work-shadowing opportunities
  • publish legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals as required or permitted by law.

I may share this information with

  • other professional advisers such as other legal professionals and consultant experts and other witnesses
  • courts and tribunals
  • the staff in my Chambers
  • prosecution authorities
  • pupils and mini pupils
  • lay clients
  • family and associates of the person whose personal information I am processing
  • in the event of complaints, the Head of Chambers, other individuals nominated by Chambers who deal with complaints, the Bar Standards Board, and the Legal Ombudsman
  • other regulatory authorities
  • current, past or prospective employers
  • education and examining bodies
  • business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies, e.g. the Bar Council
  • professional indemnity insurers or brokers
  • the general public in relation to the publication of legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals
  • If you have engaged other professional advisers to instruct me on your behalf on the matters on which I am providing legal services to you, I shall assume that I may disclose your personal information to them unless you tell me otherwise.
  • I may be required to provide your information to regulators, such as the Bar Standards Board, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Information Commissioner’s Office. In the case of the Information Commissioner’s Office, there is a risk that your information may lawfully be disclosed by them for the purpose of any other civil or criminal proceedings, without my consent or yours, which includes privileged information.
  • I may also be required to disclose your information to the police or intelligence services, where, acting in good faith, I consider it required and permitted by law.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the lawful basis I rely on for processing this information is

  • The processing is necessary for a contract I have with you, or because you have asked me to take specific steps before entering into a contract.
  • You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting me.
  • It may be necessary for me to share your personal data to comply with legal obligations to, for example, HMRC.

How I store your personal information

Your information is securely stored in Chambers or at my home. I use reasonable technical and organisational security measures such as password protection and encryption of computer generated data and keeping paper data secure to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or destroyed, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way.

In this connection, Chambers, as data processor, acting on my behalf, will only process your personal data on my instructions and is subject to a duty of confidentiality.

The data will be held in line with any regulatory obligations and generally be kept for 6 years but may be 12 years, or longer where, for example, the case includes information relating to a minor, from the date of completion of instructions. At this point any further retention will be reviewed and the data will be marked for deletion or marked for retention for a further period.

All data will be securely deleted or securely shredded after this time without reference to you. I will store some of your information which I need to carry out conflict checks for the rest of my career. However, this is likely to be limited only to your name and contact details and the name of the case. It will not include any information that is “sensitive information” for GDPR purposes.

Your data protection rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

  • Your right of access – You have the right to ask me for copies of your personal information.
  • Your right to rectification – You have the right to ask me to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask me to complete information you think is incomplete.
  • Your right to erasure – You have the right to ask me to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to restriction of processing – You have the right to ask me to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to object to processing – You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to data portability – You have the right to ask that I transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
  • You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, I have one month to respond to you. Please contact me at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or if you wish to make a request.

Transfer of your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

This privacy notice is of general application and as such it is not possible to state whether it will be necessary to transfer your information out of the EEA. If I do transfer your personal data I will use safeguards to ensure the data is fully protected as required by the UK Data Protection Regulations.

Changes to my Privacy Policy

From time to time, I may need to make chances to my privacy policy. If so, the changes will appear on my entry on the 2TG website.


As above, I may share your personal data with Chambers who may in turn use that data to notify you by email, or post about an invitation to seminars and similar events. You may opt out of receiving any such marketing communications at any time by using the “unsubscribe” link in any emails. In relation to how Chambers uses such data, please see Chambers’ privacy policy. Other than sharing personal data with Chambers as described above, I will not share your information with any other third party for marketing purposes.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about my use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to me or to my Senior Clerk, Lee Tyler at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113
ICO website:

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  • Cynthia Terry Scholarship and Residential Award, Gray’s Inn
  • Fountain Court Chambers Scholarship for the BCL
  • Harris Prize for Law Finals, Keble College
  • Law Faculty Prize for Media Law, University of Oxford
  • Des Voeux Chambers Junior Scholarship
  • Deirdre Tucker Memorial Prize in Law, Keble College

  • BA Jurisprudence (First Class), University of Oxford
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction), University of Oxford
  • Bar Training Course (Distinction), BPP University

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