Alistair Cantor

Called 2011

Alistair undertakes work across Chambers’ range of specialisms, with an emphasis on civil law. He holds particular interests in personal injury, commercial law and insolvency, and property.

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.

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 Particulars of Claim and Defences.  He has appeared in 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 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.

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 some experience of company law.  He has acted for a company in winding up proceedings and recently drafted detailed Particulars of Claim in an action against company directors for breach of fiduciary duties.

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 hopes to complement his bankruptcy practice with more company insolvency work, and recently acted on behalf of a debtor company in resisting a winding up petition presented by HMRC.  He successfully obtained a validation order allowing the company to pay its staff pending the final disposal of the petition.

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 landlords 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.

Employment

Alistair saw some employment work during his pupillage.  He is also an approved FRU representative and has acted in two matters in that capacity; achieving a successful out-of-court settlement in an unlawful deduction of wages claim; and representing a claimant at the final hearing in an unfair dismissal claim.

 

Other Areas of Practice/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.

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