I am open to teaching law to GCSE, A-Level or undergraduate students. I have particular experience with criminal law and international law. I am also open to teaching Advocacy, Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, and Professional Ethics to current BTC students.
My classes will be similar to university-style tutorials. I will use material that I was given during my classes at university. I would recommend the following:
- Pre-prepared questions to discuss in class
- Unseen questions to also discuss in class
- General discussion and Q&A
My approach will be informal and collaborative.
I'm an LLB, LLM and BPTC graduate who is currently applying to become a barrister at the Bar of England and Wales.
I completed my undergraduate LLB at Queen Mary, University of London with a year abroad at the University of Leuven, Belgium. During my year abroad I completed an additional LLM programme in EU and international law. I achieved an overall 2.1 (68% average) and was awarded the Dissertation Prize for the highest dissertation mark in the year.
After my LLB, I worked as a paralegal for a year in a commercial law firm in the City of London.
I was awarded a scholarship to study the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) by BPP University and recently completed the course with a Very Competent grade. I also reached the semi-final of the Middle Temple mooting competition that year.
I achieved A*AA at A-Level and 7 A*s, 2 As and 2 Bs at GCSE.
Cancellations should be notified as soon as possible and, in any event, at least 24 hours before the start of the class.
September 2019-November 2020
LLM Legal Practice (Barristers), BPP University
Very Competent (BPTC); LLM result pending
LLM incorporating the Bar Professional Training Course with the addition of a dissertation.
September 2014-July 2018
LLB English and European Law, Queen Mary University of London
Upper Second Class Honours
Final Year Average: 74%. Overall Average: 68%.
Qualifying LLB degree with a year abroad at the University of Leuven, Belgium, completing an LLM-equivalent in European Union and international law.
September 2011-July 2014
Alcester Grammar School, Warwickshire
A Levels: A*AA (English Literature, History, and English Language respectively)
SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES
Advocacy Scholarship (BPP University): maximum merit-based award of £5,000.
Dissertation Prize (Queen Mary University of London): for highest dissertation mark in year of 85%.
September 2018-August 2019
Paralegal at Fortune Law
Boutique commercial and corporate law firm in the City of London. Assisted the managing partner with contentious work. Day-to-day duties included:
· Advocacy. Performed oral and written advocacy for clients in the County Court at Central London as part of the day-to-day management of all company restorations in the firm; a CPR Part 8 procedure to approve the restoration of a dissolved company.
· Drafting. Drafted letters of advice to clients; letters to opposing solicitors; witness statements; instructions to counsel; case summaries; internal memos and practice notes; settlement agreements; commercial contracts.
· Researching. Undertook research on points of law and presented my findings to the managing partner, either through informal discussion or by preparing a note of advice.
· Managing relationships with clients, counsel and third parties. In regular contact with clients and counsel over email, phone and in person. Attended client meetings; attended conferences with counsel; accompanied clients to court; handled new enquiries; closed client files.
· Reviewing legal documentation. Reviewed commercial contracts; client documents and evidence; expert reports; witness statements; pre-action correspondence; notes of advice from counsel.
January 2020-June 2020
Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition (Middle Temple): Semi-finalist.
Pepperdine University Moot in the Court of Appeal (Middle Temple).
Plea in Mitigation Competition (Queen Mary University of London): Finalist.
Advocacy Training and Mock Trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague.
BPP Employment Law Advice Network. Undertook research into the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to produce a short leaflet of pro bono advice on the matter to clients of the BPP Legal Advice Clinic.
October 2017-November 2017
Pro Bono Work and Evening Classes with the City of London Appeals Clinic (now Freedom Law Clinic).
Undertook pro bono work for an application for leave to appeal against convictions of murder and attempted murder. The course also involved six weeks of classes on criminal appeals and related aspects to the pro bono work.
MINI-PUPILLAGES AND MARSHALLING
Mini-Pupillage (Assessed) with 3 Hare Court.
Undertook an unseen advocacy exercise consisting of an oral application for relief from sanctions. Learned the art of “rapid fire” advocacy in the winding up court. Saw counsel use client-care skills to keep the client calm in a cross-border personal injury case during an eleventh-hour negotiation.
Marshalling in the County Court at Central London.
Marshalled HHJ Freeland QC. Discussed the merits of several civil cases from interim applications to an action against the police. Gained an insight into judicial decision-making and what judges expect and appreciate from counsel.
Mini-Pupillage at 1 Mitre Court Buildings.
Shadowed Roger Daniels-Smith in a sham marriage trial at Inner London Crown Court. Witnessed counsel’s strategy of “robing room banter”.
Mini-Pupillage at Carmelite Chambers.
Shadowed pupils and young tenants in the Magistrates and Crown Courts. Discussed how to build and manage a criminal practice at the junior Bar.
Mini-Pupillage at 2 Bedford Row.
Shadowed tenants and pupils in various hearings including in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). Saw counsel give an unorthodox closing speech with mixed success, and learned about the frustrations of working with a lay bench of magistrates.
Mini-Pupillage at 5 St Andrew’s Hill.
Assisted Mark Mullins (prosecuting) in an attempted robbery trial at the Old Bailey. Saw contrasting but effective cross-examination styles and closing speeches.
Perfect! Alexander is really good tutor as I was satisfied with the help he provided. I understood the plea mitigation process easily.
Razwana learned a lot during our lesson and I was impressed at how quickly she grasped the basics of plea in mitigation. The signs are promising!
Alexander is an accomplished scholar with excellent communication skills. His patience and clarity of expression make complicated legal concepts and arguments easy to understand for his students, and his passion for his subject really comes through.
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