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Alexander Barnfield

Alexander Barnfield

Call 2007 (Middle Temple)


Bar Vocational Course, BPP, 2007

Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple, 2006

LLB (Hons), London School of Economics, 2006


Alexander maintains a broad civil practice, with an interest in regulatory/disciplinary and licensing work. His diverse workload has provided him with extensive experience of many tribunals and courts at first instance and on appeal, and over his time in Chambers he has developed a busy paperwork practice, advising and drafting, including on an urgent basis.

He is regularly instructed in professional discipline/regulatory work. In particular he has presented cases for Social Work England in substantive hearings and review hearings, as well as drafting and advising.

He is frequently instructed by local authorities in relation to injunctions and housing standards enforcement (e.g. Housing Act 2004).

He has considerable experience of challenging Home Office civil penalties imposed on employers of illegal workers.

Further he has considerable experience of licensing matters, including alcohol and taxi licensing, in particular receiving instructions from local authorities. His cross-over experience of civil and regulatory work has also provided him with opportunities to prosecute on behalf of local authorities including in relation to benefits fraud, proceeds of crime, trading standards, environmental offences and the Education Act 1996.

In the last year his clients in civil, housing and regulatory matters have included: several local authorities; National Highways (formerly Highways England); the Care Quality Commission; Social Work England.

Previous recent instructions include work as varied as: drafting a constitution for a mosque; obtaining an injunction forcing the removal of a website publishing confidential and offensive material relating to ongoing legal proceedings; litigation involving the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003 concerning a historically significant 16th Century mantelpiece; advising a student nurse as to her university’s fitness to practice policy; discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010; representing a London 2012 Olympics torch bearer in their asylum claim;

In recent years he has provided training to local authorities, firms of solicitors and Bar students.

Practice Groups
Crime, Civil, Immigration & Human Rights

Membership of Professional Organisations
Midland Circuit
Registered for public access work