Alex Bennie

Call To The Bar: 2017

“I was really impressed and really pleased with our result. Alex was brilliant.”Higgs Newton Kenyon Solicitors

Alex has a multidisciplinary practice covering criminal law, actions against police, and human rights, with a particular interest in areas impacting on vulnerable parties, minorities, or involving accountability of public authorities.

He defends and prosecutes regularly in serious and multi-handed criminal cases and deals frequently with POCA proceedings, findings of fact, and is trained to handle vulnerable witnesses, and youths.

He has specialist expertise in bringing actions against the police, regularly acting successfully for claimants in jury trials, and on appeal, to challenge wrongful arrests, profiling, assaults causing personal injury, and other areas of police misconduct.

He has considerable further experience in areas of social welfare law which raise issues of human rights or public law. He has regularly acted in human rights, asylum, and deportation cases in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals; in possession and homelessness proceedings, and in cases involving the intersection of these areas and community care law, including on judicial review.

Alex has international expertise in legal issues surrounding the death penalty and human rights in capital jurisdictions, and international human rights more generally. He is Director of Programmes at Evolve which regularly offers technical assistance in capital cases, and has headed up statistical research into sentencing trends in Uganda. He has addressed judges on sentencing issues surrounding the death penalty and has designed, built and delivered online training tools for prosecutors in Uganda.