Alex has a diverse litigation practice derived from his practical underwriting experience in the City and commercial background in retail prior to qualifying as a solicitor. His practice covers various sectors and encompasses both domestic and international disputes.
- Commercial Litigation
- Electronic Goods
- Life sciences
- Professional Negligence
- Shareholder Disputes
- Acted for international and domestic airlines, general aviation aircraft owners and operators, aircraft manufacturers, ground handlers, general sales agents, aviation trade associations, aircraft engine maintenance businesses, travel agents, aircraft spares providers, aviation (re)insurers and brokers, and experience in relation to both fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft.
- Acted for Kuwait Airlines Corporation (KAC) against Iraqi Airways Company in relation to KAC’s claims for theft of aircraft following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Claim valued: US$1.2 billion.
- Acted for Sabena and its insurers against Airbus and Messier Dowty in relation to a heavy landing at Brussels airport in which the main landing gear failed to open. Proceedings brought in Paris. Claim value US$70 million.
- Acted for Royal Jordanian Falcons’ insurers in relation to claims by dependants of deceased persons arising from the crash of an aircraft at an airshow in Ostende, Belgium, in 1997.
- Acted for Virgin Atlantic Airways and its insurers in relation to a product liability claim arising from a landing gear failure for an Airbus A340 whilst landing at Heathrow Airport in 1998.
- Acted for Royal Jordanian Airlines’ insurers in respect of passenger claims arising from the detonation of a grenade following a hijacking shortly after having departed from Amman, Jordan, in 2000.
- Acted for AFX Capital Ltd (In Receivership) against Royal Bank of Scotland Plc (RBS) and Deloitte & Touche, acting as Receivers, in 2004, contesting RBS’s ability to call in a loan and asserting the Receivers breached their obligation to maintain an aircraft.
- Acted for Raytheon UK, co-defendant with Cessna, in English proceedings in respect of a claim brought by the Duke of Westminster in 2004 in relation to product liability and aircraft maintenance issues.
- Acted for Libyan Arab Airlines, King Khalid International Airport, in 2008, in respect of direct and indirect losses claim relating to an aircraft being struck by catering truck.
- Acted for the reinsurers of Makalu Air Private airline in respect of coverage issues pertaining to the accident at Simikot Airport, Nepal, in 2010.
- Acted for the reinsurers of Tara Air in respect of coverage issues pertaining to the accident of a Twin Otter aircraft at Lamidanda Airport, Nepal, in 2010.
- Acted for the reinsurers of Air Kasthamandap in respect of coverage issues pertaining to the accident at Talcha Airport, Nepal, in 2011.
- Acted for a Belgium aviation insurer at a Coroner’s Inquest in the UK arising from the death of a parachutist following a mid-air collision with another parachutist.
- Acted for Odyssey Aviation Ltd in relation to its claim for US$3.2 million consultancy fees against ICBC Financial Leasing pertaining to a US$342 million aircraft portfolio in 2014.
- Acted for an African State Reinsurance Company in respect of a dispute with a Russian insurer and reinsurance broker in respect of coverage and material non-disclosure issues, respectively, in 2017.
- Acted for a general aviation aircraft owner in relation to a claim against an aircraft maintenance company for negligent work causing a catastrophic loss of power mid-flight in 2018.
- Acted for a Belgium aviation insurer at a Coroner’s Inquest in the UK arising from the death of a glider pilot following a mid-air collision with a single engine turbo propeller aircraft.
- Acted for a Middle Eastern cargo airline against its insurers and broker arising from damage caused to two CF6 engines whilst being transported for maintenance in 2018. Claim against insurer under the policy and the broker for negligence in failing to ensure appropriate cover.
- Advised an English aircraft engine maintenance company in relation to product liability claims in 2020.
- Acted for an Irish aircraft leasing company in relation to a claim against a US fund for breaching the terms of an Aircraft Purchase and Sale Agreement relating to an Airbus A312.
- Acted for parties in relation to disputes relating to aircraft leasing, charter, maintenance (Forms 1), operating, general sales agent, airport conditions of use, in-flight entertainment systems, and sale and purchase agreements, as well as professional negligence claims involving brokers, maintenance companies and insolvency practitioners.
- Advised members of the Federation of General Sales Agents pertaining to aviation-related disputes.
- Acted for the vendor of UK company, which was UK distributor of well-known anti-virus software, in relation to breach of warranty claim under the share purchase agreement.
- Acted for a major international manufacturer of hand-held computer devices in relation to a dispute with a sub-contractor. Claim value: £2.5m Acting for investor who invested £2.6m in IT company that purported to have been awarded National NHS Framework Agreement. Client brought claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty when it transpired that the business had not been awarded the contract and the documents provided on due diligence were misleading.
- Advised and acted for an English software company in relation to its claims against an international bank for breaching its IT/software licence agreements. Cross-border issues pertaining to Turkish and English law considered. Claim value in excess of US$5 million.
- Advised and acted for an investor who invested £2.6 million in an IT company that purported to have been awarded the national NHS National Framework Agreement. The client brought a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty when it transpired that the business had not been awarded the agreement on the basis asserted and the documents provided during due diligence were misleading.
- Advised an international IT company of its claim against its IT supplier for breach of contract for failing to deliver on the IT deliverables both in relation to timing and quality of the software/hardware to its ultimate customer based in Poland. Cross-border issues pertaining to Canadian, Polish and English law considered. Claim value: in excess of US$ 2 million.
- Advised a client in relation to a consultancy agreement relating to website development, ownership and intellectual property issues relating to the website. Cross-border issues pertaining to English and Cypriot law considered.
- Advised a UK high-street retail outlet in relation to its claim against its IT service provider in relation to its alleged failure to comply with its contractual obligations due to alleged defects and poor performance of the IT system.
- Advised a cargo agent in relation to a claim against a former employee who accessed its IT system without authority, removing information and causing damage and loss to the business.
- Acted for a LSE listed pharmaceutical company in respect of a breach of warranty claim against the vendor arising from its acquisition of a well-known product. The vendor had been directed by the EU Commission to sell the product because it had recently acquired a business that meant that it controlled the market in that area. However, as it was asserted that the vendor had not complied with its regulatory obligations in relation to the product, it was withdrawn from the market following the acquisition. The EU Commission directed that the vendor provide the purchaser with all necessary assistance to return the product to the market.
- Acted for a major European listed pharmaceutical company in relation to a dispute under a distribution agreement for a pharmaceutical product. Claim value: US$30 million.
- Acted for a distributor of a pharmaceutical product against a contracting party in relation to the assertion that it had failed to satisfy its regulatory obligations in the distribution of licensed products to the market. Contract value: £2 million.
- Acted for an investor who invested £2.6m in an IT company that purported to have been awarded National NHS Framework Agreement. The client brought a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty when it transpired that the business had not been awarded the contract and the documents provided on due diligence were misleading
- Acted for and advised an English company and trade mark owner of a life science product in relation to a royalty payment dispute with a global pharmaceutical company under a 30-year licence agreement pertaining to that product. The claim focused on the definition of ‘net sales value’ by which the royalty sum was calculated. Claim value: £15 million.
- Advised a LSE listed pharmaceutical company in relation to various distribution agreements; advices included ability to rely on a limitation of liability clause for alleged deliberate breach of the agreement, and the amount of compensation payable under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations.
- Acted for international steel company in an LCIA arbitration in London in relation to an agency agreement with a third party for commission payable. Claim value: US$20m.
- Advised private mining company in relation to a dispute concerning the aborted sale of a subsidiary mining company in Africa valued at US$283 million.
- Acted for and advising a major international commodities trading company in relation to a dispute with a substantial lender and supplier to the company involving several jurisdictions. Claim value; US$170 million.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Recognised in the Hall of Fame by The Legal 500 2022 for Commercial Litigation: Mid-Market
Recognised by The Legal 500 2022 for Aviation
Recognised as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500 2021 in Commercial Litigation
Recognised in the Legal 500 2021 for Aviation
“Alex Ferrari has more than 20 years’ experience of commercial litigation in particular in the context of insurance, aviation, life sciences and financial services. And it shows. A man who knows the ropes and all the tricks of the trade.” The Legal 500 2021
Recognised as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500 2020 in Commercial Litigation
Recognised in the Legal 500 2020 for Aviation
“Alex Ferrari’s knowledge of the insurance industry is key as he understands the tactics involved.” The Legal 500 2020
“Alex Ferrari is quickly able to understand the issue at hand and gives sound advice.” The Legal 500 2020
Recognised as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500 2018/19 in Commercial Litigation
His “style combines extensive investigation of the issues with a determined, hard approach” The Legal 500 2018/19
Recognised in the Legal 500 2018/19 in Aviation
Alex Ferrari is recognised by the Legal 500 2017 for Commercial Litigation and Aviation .
Alex Ferrari is noted as a recognised practitioner Chambers UK 2017Keystone Law’s ‘client-focused’ [travel] team advises on a range of commercial and regulatory matters, and is particularly active in the aviation sector. Blue Cube Travel and Airline Handling International are clients. Consultant solicitors Trevor Sears and the ‘outstanding’ Alex Ferrari are key contacts.Legal 500 2016Keystone Law attracts praise for its ‘extremely focused, hands-on and personalised’ service. Highlights included acting for Athena Services in a claim against Hawkeye Engines. Consultant solicitor Alex Ferrari is recommended. The Legal 500 2016
Alex Ferrari is listed as a recognised practitioner in Chambers UK 2016
Alex was noted as a recognised practitioner for Litigation in Chambers UK 2015
Recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2015 as part of the Keystone team that provides ‘a very high level of service‘
Alex was recommended in the Legal 500 2014 for Aviation
“Alex Ferrari, who joined from Fasken Martineau LLP, handles both contentious and non-contentious aviation matters, including commercial and regulatory mandates.”Legal 500 UK (2013)a “Leader in their Field” and “is singled out as a tough litigator” Chambers UK (2012)
“….an aggressive and thrusting attitude to litigation; ….a bit of a bastard to be against” Chambers UK (2012)
Alex “understands the nuts and bolts of the aviation industry”, and is “an aggressive litigator who cuts to the chase and achieves the client’s goals and realistic commercial objectives” The Legal 500 2012
“wholeheartedly recommended” The Legal 500 2012
“…..an aggressive litigator and problem solver who achieves favourable and prompt results” The Legal 500 2011
Alex is “on the ball and never loses sight of the real objective” The Legal 500 2011
‘insurance expertise’ The Legal 500 2010
Alex qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2012, he worked at the following firms:
- Beaumont and Son
- Fasken Martineau
- Howard Kennedy
- Berwin Leighton Paisner