Alexander is a barrister and a chartered tax adviser. He joined ETC in July 2020.
Alexander has developed a strong specialisation in all matters IR35 and off-payroll and has a keen interest in HMRC investigations at all levels (previous experience really coming into play, here) and the peculiar world of cryptocurrencies, finding the answers to the interesting problems posed there.
With a strong background in court advocacy, Alexander is well-placed to advise on and represent clients at the tax tribunals.
Alexander is happiest when delving into the deepest and darkest technical issues of a problem and brings his long experience of working with the law to bear on tax problems of every kind.
Alexander enjoys swinging a circa. 14th -century German two-handed longsword at historical European martial arts (HEMA) lessons. He also likes cooking and brewing ciders and wines. He does not admit to owning a still.
Life before ETC Tax
As a lad, I dreamed of being Rumpole of the Bailey and set my sights on the criminal Bar. I read law at St. Aidan’s College, Durham University before passing the Bar finals and then completing pupillage in a leading set of criminal barristers (now 23 Essex Street).
After returning to the town in Kent where I was schooled, I joined Maidstone Chambers as a tenant barrister for 8 years in general common law practice, with a strong focus on criminal law.
For the next 9 years, I joined the Crown Prosecution Service and there gained a wealth of experience in many areas, including management, specialising in complex fraud and other larger, more serious cases in the Crown Court.