Alex's first degree was in engineering at the University of Cambridge. He immediately followed that up with a master's in management from Imperial College at the University of London. Alex then spent 20 years working in the European automotive industry. He worked for household names like Ford, Lucas and ZF in development, sales and purchasing. For nearly half that time, he was self-employed. He was consulting for various overseas component manufacturers. He developed sales and provided engineering support to his client's customers.
A career in engineering proved to be the commercial grounding that Alex needed as the basis for a new career in law. Alex went back to studying at the City University in London to achieve his Graduate Diploma in Law. He then went to the University of the West of England for his Legal Practice Course.
Alex's legal training was completed at Burges Salmon. This is a 300 lawyer strong full-service commercial law firm in Bristol. There he qualified into the commercial litigation team. Alex was at Burges Salmon for a total of five years. During this time, Alex also trained in the corporate and employment law teams.
Alex then decided it was time to downsize to become a bigger fish in a smaller pond. He moved to the legal disputes team at QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day, a medium sized law firm in Bristol with around 35 lawyers. Burroughs Day advises commercial and private clients on such diverse matters as personal injury and mergers and acquisitions.
As a disputes lawyer, Alex has continued to build on earlier experience. He has tended to handle cases where an understanding of commerce or some form of technical know-how is key. This has ranged from disputes over faulty technology in the fields of health and safety or product liability to the numeracy required to deal with financial services disputes.
Eventually, however, the time came where Alex needed to pilot his own ship and so BladeLaw was born.