About Alex Foster
Alex is a strong and experienced trial advocate with a reputation extending across the North Eastern circuit to a national level. His practice covers a broad range of personal injury work from routine highways claims through to complex RTA, employer’s liability and disease claims. Such work deals with liability and quantum aspects of cases of the highest value in court and in settlement meetings. Whilst his work generally involves high value claims he has no qualms about appearing in work of a modest nature due to his love of being an advocate.
He balances a significant Defendant practice with a substantial Claimant practice dealing in high value claims. In acting for both Claimants and Defendants he has the ability to consider the strengths and weaknesses of a case and accurately evaluate the likely outcome of a trial from an early stage. His current cases include head injuries, paraplegic and other serious spinal injury cases and amputations.
Staying true to his Yorkshire roots, Alex has a pragmatic and realistic approach to producing solutions to complex issues. He prides himself on being approachable and accessible, never losing sight of the fact that whether acting for Claimant or Defendant he is dealing with very real issues for real people. Solicitors describe him as "client focused", a “delight to work with” and "brilliant with nervous clients". He is said to employ a relaxed but determined and effective style of advocacy in court and “someone you want on your side in a fight”.
|Education:||LLB (Hons), University of Huddersfield (Denning Prize)|
|Professional Associations:||Alex is a registered pupil supervisor, an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Personal Injury Bar Association and member of the Inner Temple Bar Liaison Committee.|
|Appointments:||Executive Committee Member of PIBA . He was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2008 sitting in both civil law and private family law cases.|
Specialist Practice Areas
Recently Concluded Cases
“A” acting for a Claimant who sustained a traumatic above knee amputation with multiple fractures and crush injuries to the remaining leg.
“B” successfully represented the Claimant in a stabbing assault whilst at work. The case was run to trial on liability involving issues of Personal Protective Equipment. Issues of quantum are to be concluded due to complications with serious internal and psychological injuries sustained by the Claimant.
“C” Acting for a local authority in a claim pleaded at around £1,000,000 arising out of construction of a road. After a three day trial the claim was dismissed.
“D” Acting for employer in an occupational asthma case. The Claimant had claimed damages in excess of £150,000. After a four day hearing involving expert witnesses the Claimant was awarded damages of a little over £10,000 resulting in a significant cost saving to the Defendant due to an effective Part 36 offer.
“E” Acting for the First Defendant in a five day multi-party trial. The claim against the First Defendant was dismissed with a Sanderson/Bullock order being made against the Second Defendant
Examples of Current Caseload
"A"- acting for a Claimant who sustained significant hand and psychological trauma following an electrical accident. "B"- advising a local authority on policy issue arising from compliance with Codes of Practice/Guidance. "C"- Acting for a local authority in a claim pleaded at around £1,000,000 arising out of construction of a road. After a three day trial the claim was dismissed. "D"- Acting for the First Defendant in a five day multi-party trial. The claim against the First Defendant was dismissed with a Sanderson/Bullock order being made against the Second Defendant.
Alex lectures on a wide variety of aspects of PI litigation including training seminars to assist case handlers to deal with claims in a more effective manner and mock trials for solicitors dealing specifically with aspects of evidence and procedure.