Alexander Goold

Call: 1994

Alexander has a commercial and chancery practice. He has substantial experience of acting for clients from high-profile international corporations to individual private clients and is regularly instructed in a wide range of cases.

His work spans litigation, international commercial arbitration and commercial mediation and concerns commercial contract disputes of all kinds; minority shareholder, company and partnership disputes; guarantees and mortgage lending; civil fraud; breach of fiduciary obligations; professional negligence, in particular that of construction professionals. He has a long-standing specialism in business format franchising and covenants in restraint of trade.

Many of his cases require the careful consideration of the tactical and strategic aspects involved in achieving a successful outcome for his clients. He gives clear and pragmatic advice, and is always aware of the commercial aspects of the advice he gives.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator. He accepts instructions on direct access in appropriate circumstances.

Recent instructions

An LCIA arbitration concerning the purchase of shares by a Dubai Free Zone entity of a Cyprus company, itself an investor in an Indian property company.

An LCIA arbitration concerning the scope of the reference to arbitration and whether the Claimant had any ability to make any claims for breach loss and damage in a long-running dispute allegedly worth over £20m.

Represented two BVI companies at a 4 day trial in the Commercial court, seeking to enforce personal guarantees for approximately £8m. Issues included the formalities required by the Companies Act 2006 for the underlying loans; material variation to those loans by other agreements with third parties and its effect on the guarantees; scope of ‘indulgence’ clauses. The case settled on confidential terms.

A dispute between the principal directors and shareholders of a substantial world-wide business offering training in entrepreneurship and concerning the creation of share classes and transfer of shares, serious allegations of misconduct and, ultimately, a battle for control of the company and its business. There had been earlier and related proceedings in the Chancery Division concerning both urgent injunctive relief and a challenge to jurisdiction and further related proceedings in Germany and Canada. The case settled shortly before the start of a 5 day trial in the Chancery Division. Lead by Ian Clarke QC.

A dispute between property developers concerning a series of residential and mixed-use developments in London, carried out over many years and their share in them.

Represented the French boat builder, Janneau, in a 3 day trial concerning extensive repairs carried out in its yard to one of its customer’s yachts.

  • Notable Cases

    Old Street Homes Ltd v Chelsea Bridge Apartments Ltd [2018] EWHC 1162 (Ch)

    Appeal concerning the court’s ability to direct a costs judge to determine, on detailed assessment, which party should pay the costs of successive hearings.

    Chelsea Bridge Apartments Ltd v Old Street Homes Ltd [2017] 9WLUK 12

     Relief from sanctions where Particulars of Claim 3 months late and no application for 2 months. Security for costs.

    Al-Baho v BGP Global Services Ltd [2017] EWHC 2494 (Ch)

    The criteria for varying an order for security for costs. Flexibility of the threshold where liberty to apply had been granted.

    Maass v Musion Events Ltd., O’Connell & Rock [2015] EWHC 1346 (Comm)

    Challenge to an arbitrator’s award on jurisdiction in an LCIA arbitration on grounds of serious irregularity causing substantial injustice. The dispute concerned the right to exploit patents for the projection of life-size and large scale 3D video images on stage for music festivals and events, political rallies, fashion shows and product launches.

    Ramsay v Love [2015] EWHC 65 (Ch).

    Represented the landlord in an 8 day trial at which the celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, claimed he was not bound by a personal guarantee given by him for the rent for his hotel and restaurant, The York & Albany, in Regent’s Park. Issues included the fact that Mr Ramsay’s signature had been made by a ‘Ghostwriter’ signature machine, allegedly without his knowledge and authority, estoppel by representation, including estoppel by negligence and whether a person may be a successor in title to an estoppel. Lead by Romie Tager QC.

    Dream Doors Ltd v Lodgeford Homes Ltd. & Lodge [2012] EWCA Civ 1556

    The evidence to be taken into account on a claim for rectification, whether for common or unilateral mistake; whether it is appropriate to equate the test of no serious question to be tried on an interim injunction and no reasonable grounds for bringing the claim under CPR Part 3.4(2)(a). Lead by Nigel Jones QC.

    Holloway v Chancery Mead [2007] EWHC 2495 (TCC)

    Posner v Shah [2005] EWHC 1063 (Ch)

    Compere Associates Ltd v Halsey & others [2004] EWHC 1317 (Ch) Kidd v Axa Equity & Law Life Assurance Society plc [2000] IRLR 301

    Central London Commercial Estates Ltd. v Kato Kagaku Ltd. [1998] 4 All ER 948