Alexander is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer specialising in contentious and non-contentious insolvency.
Alexander prides himself on his ability to act quickly and efficiently in relation to commercial disputes. He recognises the importance of commercial considerations when working with clients and takes the view that litigation should only be used as a last resort.
He draws on his previous experience within commercial firms and his knowledge of corporate law to understand his clients’ needs and objectives.
Alexander works with a wide range of individuals and businesses in relation to all forms of commercial matters and disputes, including banking and finance, and contract and insurance disputes.
He has built a reputation as a leading insolvency lawyer working on a range of contentious and non-contentious cases from general restructuring options to more complex recovery actions under misfeasance, wrongful trading and antecedent transactions.
Alexander has a particular expertise in office holder claims and recovery actions, many of which have had complex international aspects or have been reported. His cases have led to him undertaking enforcement action in jurisdictions such as the BVI, Barbados and Florida.
Alexander regularly works with:
- insolvency practitioners
- directors of companies facing insolvency
- directors involved in boardroom or shareholder disputes
- SMEs, PLCs or sole traders involved in commercial disputes.
Recent work includes acting for:
- An insolvency litigation financing company, against a sole director investigated for suspected suppression of sales which resulted in a £4m judgment.
- A group of companies defending a £2.4m claims against them for transactions at an under value and preference payments.
- The liquidator of golf tour company in a claim for wrongful trading and breach of duty against a director.
- An independent trader in relation to a priority dispute over a c£1m fund following administration of a company.
- The liquidator of a children’s care home who brought a claim against a shadow director for breach of fiduciary duties.
- A group of companies who manufacture and sell pharmaceutical products in a c£4m priority dispute against an asset based lender.
- Acting for two directors of a company in administration in respect of claims made personal guarantees.
Alexander studied law at the University of Portsmouth in 2010 and then undertook the LPC at the College of Law, Guildford in 2011. He joined Debenhams Ottaway as a trainee and qualified in 2014. He was promoted to senior lawyer in 2019 and joined the partnership in 2021.
Alexander is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA) and R3, the trade association for UK insolvency and restructuring professionals.
He jointly runs the FIRE network for professionals in the funding, insolvency, restructuring and private equity professions.
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Alexander Neale case studies
- Helping an ultra-high net worth individual recover sums owed by a film production company Read more
- Helping an insolvency litigation financing company claim against a restaurant’s sole director Read more
- Bringing a wrongful trading claim against the director of an insolvent golf tour company Read more
- Defending a group of companies against claims for undervalued transactions and preference payments Read more
- Helping liquidators with a complex dividend distribution to creditors Read more
Alexander always acts in the best interests and needs of his clients, being thorough and prepared in all his work. Importantly he delivers the best results for his clients and whatever the outcome may be, exceed expectations. I offer my highest recommendations.