Alex Shellum

Year of call 2018

CClerk

Lee Jennings
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Alex joined Old Square Chambers in October 2019 after the successful completion of his pupillage. He is building a diverse practice in Chambers’ core areas of work – Employment, Discrimination, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Professional Discipline. Alex also has experience of Public Inquiries – he is currently instructed by the London Fire Brigade in respect of its participation in Phase Two of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Alex also has a particular interest in Public Law and Human Rights, having studied these areas at a postgraduate level and having worked as a Legal Officer at the Electoral Commission prior to joining Chambers. Alex welcomes instructions in these areas and is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior scheme.

Alex read Law at Homerton College, Cambridge, and studied for an LLM in Human Rights Law at the LSE, in which he achieved a Distinction and scored the highest mark in the year in Employment Law. For his BPTC year, Alex received the grade of Outstanding and was awarded the Bedingfield Scholarship by Gray’s Inn, the Inn’s most prestigious award. Alex also received the BPP Pro Bono and Social Justice Award - he remains committed to pro bono work and is a member of Advocate.

Qualifications and Awards

  • Homerton College, University of Cambridge, Law (2.1 – First Class in Constitutional, Administrative, EU and Labour Law);
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM – Human Rights Law (Distinction – top of year in Employment Law, second in year in Human Rights in the Workplace);
  • BPP Law School, Bar Professional Training Course – Part-time (Outstanding);
  • UBS Award for Outstanding Students;
  • Francis Taylor Building Prize for Best Overall Submission (LSE Law Review);
  • The Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn;
  • The BPP Pro Bono and Social Justice Award.

Alex acts for both Claimants and Respondents in preliminary and final hearings in all areas of employment and discrimination law, in addition to providing written advice and drafting pleadings.

Alex has appeared before the EAT, led by Nadia Motraghi, on behalf of one of the largest NHS Trust’s in the country. The appeal arose out of a consultant surgeon’s dismissal for gross misconduct and raised complex questions of procedure – including serious procedural irregularity – and a cross-appeal on a S.103A ERA protected disclosure dismissal issue.

As a pupil, under the supervision of Katharine Newton and Rebecca Tuck, Alex gained exposure to a variety of high-profile and complex employment matters, including important appeals on the issue of employment status in the ‘gig economy’ and injunctive proceedings related to proposed industrial action.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Alex achieved the highest mark in his year in the Employment Law module on the LLM at the London School of Economics. He has also been published in the LSE Law Review on the subject of human rights in the workplace – principally, the intersection between Convention rights under the ECHR/HRA and the unfair dismissal regime in the ERA. Alex particularly welcomes instructions in cases which engage human rights considerations.


Alex is regularly instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in Fast Track trials involving personal injury arising out of road traffic accidents, accidents at work and occupiers’ liability.

Alex also has experience of costs and case management conferences in the Multi Track, in addition to experience of making and responding to a broad range of interim applications on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Alex regularly advises on personal injury matters and drafts pleadings on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants.

As a pupil, under the supervision of Christopher Edwards, Alex gained exposure to a variety of complex and high value Multi Track personal injury and clinical negligence claims.


Alex is keen to develop this area of practice and welcomes instructions relating to inquests and inquiries.

Alex is currently instructed by the London Fire Brigade in respect of its participation in Phase Two of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

He was recently instructed on a noting brief to represent the interests of a major insurance company in an Article 2 inquest arising out of a death which occurred during the course of an attempted arrest.

Alex is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior scheme.


Alex is keen to develop this area of practice and welcomes instructions relating to public law and human rights matters. Alex has a particular interest in the intersection between public law, human rights and employment law, having been published on the subject in the LSE Law Review.

Alex is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior scheme.

Before coming to the Bar, Alex read for an LLM in Human Rights Law at the LSE, in which he was awarded a Distinction. He built on this academic experience by spending a year working as a Legal Officer for the Electoral Commission prior to commencing pupillage, before which he worked as one of the original team members assisting with the establishment of the Good Law Project – the strategic litigation initiative responsible for Wightman and others v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2018] 3 W.L.R. 1965 and the Cherry appeal in R (on the application of Miller) (No 2) v Prime Minister [2019] 3 W.L.R. 589.

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Alex joined Old Square Chambers in October 2019 after the successful completion of his pupillage. He is building a diverse practice in Chambers’ core areas of work – Employment, Discrimination, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Professional Discipline. Alex also has experience of Public Inquiries – he is currently instructed by the London Fire Brigade in respect of its participation in Phase Two of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Alex also has a particular interest in Public Law and Human Rights, having studied these areas at a postgraduate level and having worked as a Legal Officer at the Electoral Commission prior to joining Chambers. Alex welcomes instructions in these areas and is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior scheme.

Alex read Law at Homerton College, Cambridge, and studied for an LLM in Human Rights Law at the LSE, in which he achieved a Distinction and scored the highest mark in the year in Employment Law. For his BPTC year, Alex received the grade of Outstanding and was awarded the Bedingfield Scholarship by Gray’s Inn, the Inn’s most prestigious award. Alex also received the BPP Pro Bono and Social Justice Award - he remains committed to pro bono work and is a member of Advocate.

Qualifications and Awards

  • Homerton College, University of Cambridge, Law (2.1 – First Class in Constitutional, Administrative, EU and Labour Law);
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM – Human Rights Law (Distinction – top of year in Employment Law, second in year in Human Rights in the Workplace);
  • BPP Law School, Bar Professional Training Course – Part-time (Outstanding);
  • UBS Award for Outstanding Students;
  • Francis Taylor Building Prize for Best Overall Submission (LSE Law Review);
  • The Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn;
  • The BPP Pro Bono and Social Justice Award.

Alex acts for both Claimants and Respondents in preliminary and final hearings in all areas of employment and discrimination law, in addition to providing written advice and drafting pleadings.

Alex has appeared before the EAT, led by Nadia Motraghi, on behalf of one of the largest NHS Trust’s in the country. The appeal arose out of a consultant surgeon’s dismissal for gross misconduct and raised complex questions of procedure – including serious procedural irregularity – and a cross-appeal on a S.103A ERA protected disclosure dismissal issue.

As a pupil, under the supervision of Katharine Newton and Rebecca Tuck, Alex gained exposure to a variety of high-profile and complex employment matters, including important appeals on the issue of employment status in the ‘gig economy’ and injunctive proceedings related to proposed industrial action.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Alex achieved the highest mark in his year in the Employment Law module on the LLM at the London School of Economics. He has also been published in the LSE Law Review on the subject of human rights in the workplace – principally, the intersection between Convention rights under the ECHR/HRA and the unfair dismissal regime in the ERA. Alex particularly welcomes instructions in cases which engage human rights considerations.


Alex is regularly instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in Fast Track trials involving personal injury arising out of road traffic accidents, accidents at work and occupiers’ liability.

Alex also has experience of costs and case management conferences in the Multi Track, in addition to experience of making and responding to a broad range of interim applications on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Alex regularly advises on personal injury matters and drafts pleadings on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants.

As a pupil, under the supervision of Christopher Edwards, Alex gained exposure to a variety of complex and high value Multi Track personal injury and clinical negligence claims.


Alex is keen to develop this area of practice and welcomes instructions relating to inquests and inquiries.

Alex is currently instructed by the London Fire Brigade in respect of its participation in Phase Two of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

He was recently instructed on a noting brief to represent the interests of a major insurance company in an Article 2 inquest arising out of a death which occurred during the course of an attempted arrest.

Alex is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior scheme.


Alex is keen to develop this area of practice and welcomes instructions relating to public law and human rights matters. Alex has a particular interest in the intersection between public law, human rights and employment law, having been published on the subject in the LSE Law Review.

Alex is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior scheme.

Before coming to the Bar, Alex read for an LLM in Human Rights Law at the LSE, in which he was awarded a Distinction. He built on this academic experience by spending a year working as a Legal Officer for the Electoral Commission prior to commencing pupillage, before which he worked as one of the original team members assisting with the establishment of the Good Law Project – the strategic litigation initiative responsible for Wightman and others v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2018] 3 W.L.R. 1965 and the Cherry appeal in R (on the application of Miller) (No 2) v Prime Minister [2019] 3 W.L.R. 589.

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