Alistair Cantor

Called 2011

Alistair undertakes work across Chambers’ range of specialisms, with an emphasis on civil law. He holds particular interests in local government, commercial law, personal injury, and property. He has an excellent knowledge of civil procedure and has appeared on appeal in the High Court.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Alistair worked for a major investment bank in the City of London. Before commencing his pupillage with Field Court, he worked as a solicitor’s agent for over three years, appearing before district judges at county courts across London and the South East, Masters of the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, and Registrars of the High Court.

He is happy to consider instructions on a conditional fee basis where appropriate.

If you would like any further information regarding Alistair’s practice, please contact his clerks or call +44 (0)207 405 6114.

Local Government

Alistair is regularly instructed by local authorities across a very wide range of legal fields. His adaptability and speed of thought have proved invaluable in servicing those clients, with briefs ranging from prosecuting environmental offences in the magistrates’ court to acting as legal advisor to educational appeals panels.

He has advised on and appeared in debt recovery matters on numerous occasions. Alistair is acutely aware of the current focus by local authorities on debt recovery, and the extent of the evasion and concealment they are often confronted with. He always seeks to provide timely, practical and commercially sensible advice.

He has particular experience in respect of the recovery of adult social care charges, with a good knowledge of the relevant statutory framework. He is presently instructed on a long-running and attritional multi-track claim in that area. He recently successfully opposed an appeal in the Queen’s Bench Division against a refusal of relief from sanctions on behalf of a local authority in an adult social care charges case (see Reported Cases below).

Housing

Alistair has developed a burgeoning housing practice, advising and appearing for both private and social landlords and tenants. He has extensive experience in the private arena, stretching back to his days as a solicitor’s agent. He has an excellent knowledge of the s21 process, tenancy deposit issues, rent arrears and trespass claims, disrepair, the execution/suspension of warrants of possession, applications to re-enter and other relevant areas of law.

In the social housing context, Alistair has appeared on behalf of both landlords and tenants, with particular experience of possession claims, disrepair, anti-social behaviour and s204 appeals. He understands the acute pressures that face both claimants and defendants in this area, and seeks to achieve the best possible outcome for his client in the circumstances.

Company/commercial

Alistair has already built substantial experience in commercial law. He has an excellent grasp of contract law, having achieved a high distinction (77%) in the subject on his GDL, and has already acted or advised in numerous contractual claims, including sale of goods, supply of services and minor construction disputes. He has particular experience of consumer credit law, having appeared on behalf of assignees in actions for consumer credit debts on many occasions.

Alistair is happy to take on non-contentious work. He recently drafted comprehensive terms and conditions on behalf of a vocational college, a substantial piece of work that raised difficult consumer credit issues.

He has experience of company law. He has acted for companies in winding up proceedings, recently drafted detailed Particulars of Claim in an action against company directors for breach of fiduciary duties, and is presently instructed in a petition for unfair prejudice.

Insolvency

Alistair holds a keen interest in insolvency, and has particular expertise in bankruptcy matters. He has represented creditors, debtors, and supporting creditors at petition hearings in the county court, before specialist insolvency district judges at Central London County Court, and Registrars of the High Court. He has particular experience in applications to set aside statutory demands, for substitution/to take carriage of petitions, for annulment of bankruptcy orders, and in resisting petitions on grounds of unreasonable refusals of offers to settle petition debts.

He has also acted for trustees in bankruptcy on numerous occasions, for example in applications for possession and sale of bankrupts’ properties and to suspend automatic discharge from bankruptcy.

Alistair also has experience of company insolvency. He has appeared in the winding up court on several occasions, is well used to advancing related applications before Registrars of the Companies Court, for example for validation orders, and recently advised a corporate client on contesting a winding up petition through to trial.

Property

Alistair gained extensive experience in property matters through his work as a solicitor’s agent. He saw further property work while supervised by Jonathan Pennington-Legh during his pupillage.

Alistair has particular experience of possession actions against residential and commercial tenants, mortgagees and trespassers, acting for both claimants and defendants. He has experience in claims for disrepair and for breaches of tenancy deposit requirements. He has appeared in both the First-Tier Tribunal and county court in respect of service charge disputes.

Personal Injury

Alistair enjoys personal injury work. Alistair was supervised by David Brounger during his pupillage, during which time he gained experience of multi-track actions. Work he undertook under David’s supervision included advices on liability and quantum, counter-schedules of loss, and the drafting of statements of case. He has appeared in numerous fast track claims, and CCMCs in multi-track actions on several occasions.

He is very comfortable appearing in RTA claims, having undertaken many such cases both as a solicitor’s agent and at the Bar. He has experience of credit hire issues.

Alistair is equally happy dealing with advisory matters and paperwork. He has drafted Particulars of Claim, Defences, witness statements and interlocutory applications in personal injury matters.

Alistair recognises the importance of practical, realistic advice in achieving timely, cost-effective outcomes for both Claimants and Defendants. He will consider acting under conditional fee agreements where appropriate.

Employment

Alistair has a busy employment practice. He is regularly instructed to draft grounds of complaint for claims ranging from unfair dismissal to factually complex discrimination claims. He has represented clients at preliminary hearings, judicial mediations and final hearings.

Enforcement

Alistair is regularly instructed by a prominent High Court Enforcement Officer and therefore has particular expertise in the field of enforcement. He has an expert knowledge of the Taking Control of Goods Procedure under Schedule 12 of the Tribunal, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, matters arising therefrom including interpleader claims and questions of pledge and bailment, and the associated statutory regime governing enforcement officer’s fees. He has advised on taking enforcement action in respect of goods of very high value and an unusual nature; for example, a collection of antique books and manuscripts valued at c. €10mln.

He also recently successfully defended at trial a High Court Enforcement Officer in a High Court multi-track action based on an alleged assault in the course of execution of a writ of control.

Reported Cases

KAHLON & ANOR v BARKING AND DAGENHAM LBC (2017) (Lawtel): Alistair successfully represented a local authority in an appeal in the QBD against a refusal of relief from sanctions to a defendant to a claim for care home charges under s21 HASSASSAA 1983. The appeal was dismissed on grounds the appellant had not shown he was unable to comply with the unless order concerned (for the disclosure of documents) or that he had good reason for not complying.

Education

Bar Professional Training Course – Outstanding

Graduate Diploma in Law – Distinction

BA (Hons) History – 2.1 (UCL)

Prizes

Winner, Lincoln’s Inn Open Moot 2011

Finalist, Inter-Inn Moot 2011

Buchanan Prize for Outstanding Performance on the BPTC, Lincolns Inn