Alan Gourgey QC


Tel: 020 7831 6381 (Ext. 380)

Alan's clerks:

Matthew Curness
Richard Powell

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Alan Gourgey QC has an outstanding reputation in the field of commercial litigation, IT and commercial fraud. Alan is also a qualified mediator and arbitrator. Alan has been joint Head of Chambers with Lexa Hilliard QC since February 2015.

His wide-ranging practice includes:

  • Complex contract litigation
  • Civil fraud
  • Media & entertainment
  • Sports law
  • Partnership
  • Technology disputes

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)

At 11 Stone Buildings, Alan Gourgey QC exhibits "very good knowledge of this area"... (Fraud: civil - Legal 500 2013)

Alan Gourgey QC divides his time between commercial, chancery and fraud courts. "I can't fault him. He has impressive knowledge and can deal with things as they arise", said one peer. Gourgey was another involved in the Stanleybet case, and also had involvement in Hawksford Trustees v Stella Global, an important case concerning a share purchase agreement. (Chancery: commercial  – Chambers UK 2013 and Chambers Global 2013)

"a powerful and persuasive advocate", and also "an excellent, creative strategist". He was singled out by sources for his "impressive ability to grasp complex issues of law and fact". (Commercial dispute resolution – Chambers UK 2013 and Chambers Global 2013)

Alan Gourgey QC is "fantastic" and "looks at every angle available to come up with an imaginative solution". Praised by sources for his advocacy, he recently acted on behalf of Russian bank VTB in its USD220 million deceit claim. (Fraud: civil – Chambers UK 2013)

Alan Gourgey QC of 11 Stone Buildings is a commercial litigator with a strong focus on IT and e-commerce disputes. He has "great analytical capability and is good on his feet", say those that use him. Recently, he was instructed by Zodiac Training in a significant fraudulent misrepresentation claim brought against Third Eye Technologies. The case principally concerned a licence agreement relating to a virtual reality training simulator. (Information technology - Chambers UK 2013)

Alan Gourgey QC is ‘ideal for fast-paced litigation, being both very experienced in injunction cases and very quick at producing excellent written submissions’. (Commercial litigation - Legal 500 2012)

Alan Gourgey QC is ‘exceptionally quick at grasping issues and is among the fastest drafters’. (Fraud: civil - Legal 500 2012)

... the highly respected Alan Gourgey QC, who is "a fantastic advocate" with an enviable reputation for his efforts in disputes involving joint ventures, franchising, commodities contracts, share sale agreements and banking issues. His work is taking on an increasingly international dimension. (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2012)

Alan Gourgey QC of 11 Stone Buildings is a particular favourite amongst solicitors thanks to his "hands-on approach" and "easy manner with clients". They further note: "He quickly grasps, and then clearly explains, the most complex of issues". He recently advised Hawksford Trustees on various claims valued at between £10 million and £20 million relating to a share sale agreement for a travel group of companies. (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2012). To this accoladeChambers Global 2012 adds: "He is experienced in international disputes and regularly acts in large overseas arbitrations".

Alan Gourgey QC is "a bright professional who fully understands that speed is frequently of the essence", according to solicitors. He recently acted on the Chancery Division fraud claim of Cadogan v Tolley. (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2012)

Alan Gourgey QC of 11 Stone Buildings "is a hands-on, detailed lawyer - if you've got a situation where you need a safe pair of hands on an IT case, he's an ideal choice". (Information technology - Chambers UK 2012)

The set has "a real star" in Alan Gourgey QC, who is "a first-rate trial advocate and tactician" whose "understanding of complex expert accounting and forensic issues is second to none". (Commercial litigation - Legal 500 2011)

At 11 Stone Buildings, Alan Gourgey QC is "not afraid to roll up his sleeves and immerse himself in a case". (Fraud: civil - Legal 500 2011)

Also recommended are Alan Gourgey QC of 11 Stone Buildings ("very user-friendly"); ... (Information technology - Legal 500 2011)

Alan Gourgey QC is acclaimed for his impressive work on high-profile international fraud cases. "Very bright, very quick and a purveyor of clear advice, he really dives into the detail of a case". Additionally, Gourgey consistently wows with his ability to turn around high-quality paperwork swiftly and accurately. His recent work highlights are plentiful in the fraud arena, and include his representation of a broker in the recovery of funds following a fraud claim arising from a share brokerage contract. He also represented one of the defendants in the Cadogan case. (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2011)

Alan Gourgey QC of 11 Stone Buildings is an "incisive and dynamic thinker" who exhibits a "down-to-earth approach and magnetic courtroom charisma". His practice comprises contractual, commercial fraud and IT matters, and he recently defended NatWest against breach of contract and duty of care claims valued at several million pounds. (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2011)

Leading the pack here is Alan Gourgey QC, who, having recently emerged from the high-profile EDS and Sky dispute, has now turned his attention to various other pieces of litigation. These include a property fraud involving offshore companies and trusts, a luxury cars fraud and a fraud arising out of a share brokerage contract. He is celebrated for being "excellent on his paperwork, a clear thinker and a pleasure to work with". (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2010)

Alan Gourgey QC is "hard-working, quick, sharp and good in court". His practice is wide-ranging, covering partnership and shareholder, insolvency, fraud, sports, media and IT disputes. He is hailed as "a brilliant all-rounder and a joy to work with". (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2010)

Alan Gourgey QC is singled out as "a really great advocate, who is absolutely outstanding in court". (Commercial litigation - Legal 500 2010)

Alan Gourgey QC of 11 Stone Buildings is "always willing to roll his sleeves up and dive into the detail". (Fraud: civil - Legal 500 2010)

The ‘top-notch' Alan Gourgey QC of 11 Stone Buildings is acting for House of Fraser on a major IT contract concerning the operation of its store and credit cards. (Information technology - Legal 500 2010)

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