Alexandra Whelan

Alexandra Whelan

Call 2016

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Richard Evans

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Katie Palmer

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Team Leader's Assistant
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Expertise

Notable Administrative & Public Law Cases


Advising regulators on matters relating to PSD2, contract law, and judicial review.


Advising corporate clients on judicial review of decisions taken by regulators.

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


Regularly appearing in the County Court in claims for compensation under Regulation 261/2004 (as sole counsel).


Regularly appearing in claims against airlines alleging breach of contract, negligence and/or under the Montreal Convention (as sole counsel).

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


Regularly appearing for banks in defending claims before the County Court alleging, amongst other things, misrepresentation, breach of contract, negligence, and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (as sole counsel).


Advising banks on their legal and regulatory obligations concerning complaints and the Financial Services Ombudsman process (as sole counsel).


Advising regulators on matters relating to PSD2, contract law, and judicial review.


Advising on and defending claims concerning the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products (during pupillage).


Advising on financial regulatory issues, including the powers and competencies of the FCA and FOS, and the Financial Services Handbook (during pupillage).

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


Avonwick Holdings Limited v Azitio & Others [2020] EWHC 1844 (Comm)

Acting for the claimant and others in an eight week trial of a billion dollar claim and counterclaims, raising issues of governing law, foreign law (Ukrainian), civil fraud, contract, and restitution (with Neil Calver QC, Edward Ho, and Ben Woolgar).

Notable Commercial Crime Cases


Advising on allegations of bribery and corruption.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


Avonwick Holdings Limited v Azitio & Others [2020] EWHC 1844 (Comm)

Acting for the claimant and others in an eight week trial of a billion dollar claim and counterclaims, raising issues of governing law, foreign law (Ukrainian), civil fraud, contract, and restitution, and in supplementary applications for indemnity costs and freezing orders (with Neil Calver QC, Edward Ho, and Ben Woolgar).


European Film Bonds A/S & Others v Lotus Holdings LLC & Others [2020] EWHC 1115 (Ch)

Acting for three defendants in a dispute about contractual interpretation (with Laura John).


European Film Bonds A/S & Others v Lotus Holdings LLC & Others [2019] EWHC 2116 (Ch)

Acting for three defendants in an application for a stay of proceedings under the Arbitration Act and/or the Court’s inherent jurisdiction (with Laura John).


Acting for a Chinese individual and Hong Kong company in proceedings in the High Court concerning a complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute about a joint venture interest in multi-million-pound global assets and raising issues of Chinese, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and English law; and appearing for the same clients in resisting an application for security for costs (with James McClelland).


Acting for the defendant in proceedings in the County Court alleging breach of contract in the context of an employment relationship (as sole counsel).


Acting for the claimants in bringing proceedings for breach of contract, applying for default judgment, and advising on jurisdictional matters (as sole counsel).


Acting for the defendant/counterclaimant in a nuisance claim before the County Court (as sole counsel).

Notable Competition Cases


Unlockd Ltd & Others v Google Ireland Ltd & Others [2018] EWHC 1363 (Ch)

Acting for the claimants in the High Court in bringing proceedings under the Competition Act 1998 for abuse of dominant position; appearing for the claimants / applicants in bringing applications for service out of the jurisdiction and by alternative means, an interim injunction, a confidentiality order, and an expedited hearing (with Rhodri Thompson QC and Nicholas Gibson).

Notable Professional Discipline Cases


Solicitors Regulation Authority v Ehsan Kabir & Lauren Anderson

Acting for the SRA in a disciplinary matter in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (with Chloe Carpenter), with an ancillary application in the High Court (as sole counsel).


Solicitors Regulation Authority v Andrew Abereoje

Acting for the SRA in an application for variation of conditions on a practice certificate and costs hearing in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (as sole counsel).


Alexandra also gained broad experience of professional discipline work during pupillage, including assisting counsel with advice on disciplinary action against solicitors by the SRA and the scope and effect of the regulatory framework.

  • Bar Transfer Test, BPTC (2016)
  • MPhil in Law (Distinction), New College, Oxford University (2015-2016)
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction), New College, Oxford University (2014-2015)
  • College of Law and admitted to practise as an Australian Lawyer (2011)
  • Bachelor of Law (First Class Honours) & Bachelor of Arts (Major in History & Minor in French), The University of Melbourne (2005-2010)

  • Qualified as an Australian lawyer (2011)

  • Teaching Fellow, University College London (Property II course which covered trusts law and related equitable doctrines) (2015-2016)
  • Law Faculty Graduate Prize (for Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law), Oxford University) 2015
  • Allan Myers Oxford University Scholarship, Oxford University (2014-2015)
  • Associate (judicial assistant) to the Hon Justice Julie Dodds-Streeton and, subsequently, to the Hon Justice Jennifer Davies, Federal Court of Australia (2013-2014)
  • Solicitor, Dispute Resolution, King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne, Australia) (2012-2013)
  • Graduate Lawyer, King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne, Australia) (2011)
  • Ormond Scholar (Law) Award, Ormond College, The University of Melbourne (2006)
  • Ormond College Centenary Scholarship, Ormond College, The University of Melbourne (2005)

  • Co-author (with Joshua Getzler), ‘Common Law and the Constraint of Financial Markets: Credit Rating Agencies as a Test Case’ in Kit Barker, Karen Fairweather, and Ross Grantham (eds), Private Law in the 21st Century (Hart Publishing, 2017), ch 13
  • ‘Proprietary rescission and the impact of insolvency’ (2012) 23(1) Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice 3

  • French (fluent)

For enquiries please contact

Richard Evans

Richard Evans
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3771
Click here to email

Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3709
Click here to email

  • Bar Transfer Test, BPTC (2016)
  • MPhil in Law (Distinction), New College, Oxford University (2015-2016)
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction), New College, Oxford University (2014-2015)
  • College of Law and admitted to practise as an Australian Lawyer (2011)
  • Bachelor of Law (First Class Honours) & Bachelor of Arts (Major in History & Minor in French), The University of Melbourne (2005-2010)

  • Qualified as an Australian lawyer (2011)

  • Teaching Fellow, University College London (Property II course which covered trusts law and related equitable doctrines) (2015-2016)
  • Law Faculty Graduate Prize (for Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law), Oxford University) 2015
  • Allan Myers Oxford University Scholarship, Oxford University (2014-2015)
  • Associate (judicial assistant) to the Hon Justice Julie Dodds-Streeton and, subsequently, to the Hon Justice Jennifer Davies, Federal Court of Australia (2013-2014)
  • Solicitor, Dispute Resolution, King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne, Australia) (2012-2013)
  • Graduate Lawyer, King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne, Australia) (2011)
  • Ormond Scholar (Law) Award, Ormond College, The University of Melbourne (2006)
  • Ormond College Centenary Scholarship, Ormond College, The University of Melbourne (2005)

  • Co-author (with Joshua Getzler), ‘Common Law and the Constraint of Financial Markets: Credit Rating Agencies as a Test Case’ in Kit Barker, Karen Fairweather, and Ross Grantham (eds), Private Law in the 21st Century (Hart Publishing, 2017), ch 13
  • ‘Proprietary rescission and the impact of insolvency’ (2012) 23(1) Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice 3

  • French (fluent)

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