Alexander Goold

1994

Selborne Chambers
10 Essex Street
London WC2R 3AA
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Introduction

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, with a long-standing specialism in business format franchising; civil fraud; breach of fiduciary obligations; professional negligence, in particular that of construction professionals; banking and finance, including mortgage lending; partnership disputes and minority shareholders’ disputes.

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.

Recent instructions

Advising the respondents, four surgeons, to an injunction obtained against them by their NHS hospital trust in order to restrain the use of confidential information –a recording of the trust’s private discussions in the course of without prejudice settlement negotiations in related proceedings.

Representing a specialist media firm in proceedings brought by one of its former consultants, a well-known solicitor responsible for starting the phone hacking cases against the News of the World.

Advising members of an accountancy practice as to difficulties with its announced de-merger, quasi-partnership and winding up on just and equitable grounds.

Advising a distributor as to the parties’ rights and obligations under a long term distribution agreement and its variation, a related share purchase agreement, the parties’ choice of law and jurisdiction.

Representing one of two directors and shareholders in a drug and alcohol testing business for the rail and construction sectors, in an unfair prejudice petition.

Advising the beneficial owner of shares held on trust as to his claim for breach of fiduciary duty against his trustee, following the dilution of his shareholding and sale of all shares in the company for c. £11.5m

Representing the respondent on the return date of a world-wide freezing order and application for anti-suit injunctions made in support of a claim for the recovery of a US$10m investment made by a substantial commodities trader in the development of three copper and cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Successfully resisted the making of mandatory injunctions requiring the discontinuance of multiple proceedings brought by the respondent in that jurisdiction.

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Notable cases

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

Successfully challenged an arbitrator’s award on jurisdiction in an LCIA arbitration on grounds of serious irregularity causing substantial injustice. The case concerns 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).

Successfully represented the landlord at trial in a claim by the celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, for a declaration that 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, whether his father in law had had authority to make that signature on his behalf, 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 that is 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)

Enforceability of a reference to ADR as a condition precedent to arbitration. Lead by Nigel Jones QC.

Posner v Shah [2005] EWHC 1063 (Ch)

Court’s discretion as to costs reserved on a freezing order obtained in a partnership dispute where proceedings subsequently settled.

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

Education

  • MA (Cantab)
  • FCIArb
  • DipICArb