Alexander MacMillan
Call: 2015
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Commercial & Chancery Litigation Profile

Alex accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation commensurate with his year of call, and has a particular interest in the intersection of employment and commercial law.

During pupillage Alex worked closely with his commercial supervisor, Matthew Weaver, on cases dealing with possession, breach of directors’ duties and wrongful trading. From September 2016, Alex’s work has included High Court winding up petitions, County Court litigation over the terms of a lease, and mortgage applications. His written advices have dealt with director’s misfeasance/breach of duty in insolvency and the construction of contractual terms in commercial leasehold agreements.

In the hybrid area of commercial/employment law, Alex has advised on restrictive covenants, company insolvency and the transfer of undertakings. In the latter, Alex has appeared for the respondent to an EAT appeal against a transfer of undertakings dismissal, and is due to appear at the Court of Appeal in the same matter.

Prior to joining St Philips Business and Property, Alex had varied experiences: he obtained a PhD in medieval literature from Cambridge, taught Italian to undergraduates at Trinity and Queens College Cambridge, worked as a speechwriter for the Japanese Ambassador to the OECD, and worked in legal education in the AIDS Law Unit of a Namibian human rights law firm. He sold his publishing company to a major international publisher during his pupillage year.

Alex is married with two young children. 


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    • Degrees:

      • BA English Language and Literature (UCL): First Class;
      • MPhil European Literature (Cambridge): Distinction; Starred Distinction in Thesis;
      • PhD (Cambridge);
      • GDL (University of Law): Merit
      • BPTC (City)

      Languages:

      • French, Italian (working knowledge), intermediate German