Alan Gourgey QC
Joint Head of Chambers with Lexa Hilliard QC
Education: LLB (Bristol)
Alan is a prominent and very experienced commercial silk who is recommended by the legal directories as “a real star” for civil fraud as well as commercial dispute resolution, commercial chancery and IT litigation. Regarded as “a brilliant all-rounder” who is truly “outstanding” and a “go to for high value briefs”, his areas of practice also cover arbitration, banking litigation, company and insolvency.
In addition to appearing/advising the English Courts, Alan also has considerable international experience in commercial disputes particularly in relation to international arbitration.
Clients note “his intellectual agility and strong advocacy skills” as well as the fact that “he is very user-friendly and supportive”, “a real team player”. They also value the fact that he is “a very impressive cross-examiner who is completely on the ball and has all the facts at his fingertips”. He is regarded as “a really great advocate who is absolutely outstanding in court”.
What others say
Alan has been recommended in the major legal directories for a number of years. Chambers UK recommends him as a leading silk in the areas of commercial chancery, commercial dispute resolution, civil fraud and IT. Legal 500 also recommends him for civil fraud and IT, as well as commercial litigation and insolvency. Praise for him includes:
Boasts significant expertise in numerous areas, including civil fraud and contractual disputes. He is a highly regarded silk who frequently appears in some of the largest cases in the Chancery Division. Expertise: "A very impressive cross-examiner who is completely on the ball and has all the facts at his fingertips." "He is very user-friendly and supportive, and displays a fine approach to dealing with both the people and the issues in a case." Recent work: Acted in Sharma v Sharma, a high-profile matter in the High Court involving an alleged breach of fiduciary duty. (Chancery commercial - Chambers UK and Chambers Global 2015)
A popular silk among instructing solicitors known for his intellectual agility and strong advocacy skills. He has notable expertise in civil fraud and IT cases. Expertise: "Has an excellent brain and provides clear advice even on the most complex of cases." "He is an excellent advocate both orally and on paper, and his turnaround time for high-quality written work is impressive." Recent work: Appeared for the respondent in Sharma v Sharma before the Court of Appeal, a dispute which raised the question of whether silence could amount to fully informed consent in the context of a claim for breach of fiduciary duty. (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK and Chambers Global 2015)
Has acted in a range of substantial fraud disputes relating to misappropriation of assets and deceit and bribery claims. Much of his workload has an international flavour. Expertise: "He's fast to spot the issues, and has great judgement as to how they will play out. He's authoritative in court and a clever cross-examiner." "He's really prepared to get involved in the detail of the case and provide creative solutions." Recent work: Acted for claimants in the petrochemical industry in an unlawful means conspiracy dispute concerning the alleged bribery of Iraqi officials. (Civil fraud - Chambers UK 2015)
[Alan Gourgey QC] acts on prominent, high-value litigation, often between contractors and public sector bodies. He has significant experience of handling arbitrations, both as advocate and arbiter, and also advises on contract termination and e-commerce issues. Expertise: "On these types of disputes you have to have a lot of softer skills because there might be a hundred guys on the project – we'll be talking to the design guys, the implementation guys, the testing guys, the system architect, and Alan's at home with all of them." Recent work: Engaged by Address Data International in a dispute over regulatory matters concerning a commercial agent. (Information Technology - Chambers UK 2015)
11 Stone Buildings’ Alan Gourgey QC is “simply great” and “excels on fact” but is also a “strong advocate”. (Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2015)
"Incredibly bright and hardworking; a real team player." (Commercial litigation - Legal 500 2014)
"A very highly regarded practitioner, who is good with clients." (Fraud: civil - Legal 500 2014)
"Very knowledgeable." (Insolvency - Legal 500 2014)
"He stands out for his incredibly intellectual capacity." (IT & telecoms - Legal 500 2014)
Highly regarded by commentators for his excellent approach to challenging commercial disputes, and increasingly seen as a go-to for high-value briefs. Expertise: "Sharp and thorough," he is "outstanding and very user-friendly." Recent work: He represented an Iranian distributor in a multimillion-pound claim brought against a supplier located in the UK concerning allegations of exclusivity breaches. (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2014 and Chambers Global 2014)
A leading figure in the commercial chancery arena, he is instructed on a vast array of disputes. He is noted for his strength in joint venture disputes, contractual disagreements and complex commercial litigation generally. Expertise: "He has a formidable reputation. If he's in your case it will run smoothly. He gives practical advice, gets his hands dirty and has a collaborative approach. He is well respected by the judiciary." Recent work: He worked on a high-value joint venture dispute relating to a Polish betting business. The case hinged on disagreements over the construction of a contract and considerations of estoppel. (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2014 and Chambers Global 2014)
Has a notable track record of advising on fraud issues arising from insolvencies. Sources report that the speed of his work makes him particularly suited to handling injunctive proceedings. Expertise: "Super bright and very quick." "Very commercial." Recent work: he was instructed in an international arbitration which involved difficult jurisdictional issues and a USD20 million fraud claim arising from investments in the Madoff Ponzi scheme. (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2014)
A go-to silk for heavy-weight IT contract disputes including the largest battles between government departments and suppliers. He is “very thorough, knowledgeable, easy to work with and very good with clients”. Expertise: “Alan is quite simply outstanding: he’s measured and reasonable on his feet to the extent that judges seem relieved to have him in front of them”. (IT & Telecoms - Chambers UK 2014)