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Alexander J. Bradley-Sitch

Associate
+44.(0)20.7360.8124
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001

Alexander Bradley-Sitch is a commercial disputes associate, sitting within the insurance coverage practice group of K&L Gates in London. He qualified as a solicitor in September 2017, having completed his training with K&L Gates. He is frequently instructed on a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including English high court litigation and international arbitration, particularly on matters which have insurance coverage-related aspects.

Mr. Bradley-Sitch has a particular interest in:

  • Banking, asset finance and financial services issues;
  • Corporate and commercial matters, including disputes which relate directors' duties, minority shareholder disputes, and contractual obligations.
  • Professional liability issues, such as professional negligence and liability insurance;
  • Political risk mitigation, including election law, political risk- and terror-related insurance coverage, and international sanctions.
Insurance Coverage

Mr. Bradley-Sitch advises policyholder clients on actual and potential disputes with their insurers/reinsurers, including negotiating settlement of claims prior to formal proceedings being issued, and conducting litigation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Some specific examples of recent work include:

  • Acting for the policyholder on a disputed recovery from an insurer under a London market trade credit policy, leading to London-seated LCIA arbitral proceedings.
  • Advising the former CEO of a FTSE 250 logistics company on an insurance claim under a directors' and officers' liability policy, in relation to complex, high-value litigation brought against him by his former employer.
  • Acting for a US policyholder in international arbitration proceedings against its insurers under a Bermuda Form insurance policy for recovery of over US$10m.

He also advises clients on non-contentious insurance matters, including undertaking policy wording reviews, advising on claims notification, and all aspects of policyholders' rights and responsibilities, with a focus on maximizing recovery for policyholders in the event of a loss.

Complex Commercial Disputes

Mr. Bradley-Sitch acts for clients at all stages in complex civil / commercial disputes. He has been instructed in litigation before the Court of Appeal, High Court (including the Commercial Court; Business and Property Court; and Administrative Courts) and County Court. He is regularly instructed on applications to the High Court for urgent injunctions, and other forms of interim relief.

Mr. Bradley-Sitch has also been instructed on a number of international arbitrations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Some specific examples of recent work include:

  • Advising a US investment bank on enforcement of judgments of the Nevada courts in the UK, including non-monetary remedies and injunctive relief.
  • Advising the minority shareholder of an AIM-listed commodities firm, in unfair prejudice proceedings, and contested insolvency proceedings before the English High Court.
  • Advising a financial services firm in a claim for breach of contract against one of its former clients, relating to a CHF20m biotech financing.
  • Acting for the former CEO of a FTSE 250 logistics company, who was the defendant and counterclaimant in expedited High Court proceedings relating to allegations of breaches of contractual and fiduciary duties.

Professional Background

Mr. Bradley-Sitch sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of K&L Gates' London office.

He undertook his training contract at K&L Gates in London between 2015 and 2017. During his training contract, he gained experienced in the following practice groups: planning and environment; competition and EU regulation; complex commercial disputes and litigation; and banking and asset finance.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bradley-Sitch was a paralegal at a law firm in London where he was instructed on wide variety of private client and commercial disputes.

High Court Litigation and Appeals
  • Stobart Group v Tinkler [judgment awaited] - acting for the defendant and counterclaimant in proceedings brought against him for breach of fiduciary and contractual duties
  • Tinkler v Ferguson & Ors [2018] EWHC 3563 (QB) - acting for the claimant in a trial of preliminary issues as to meaning, in defamation and malicious falsehood
  • Stephen Jones v Wigan Council [2018] EWHC 528 (Admin) - acting for the claimant in a judicial review of the decision by the Returning Officer of Wigan Council to call a by-election in respect of a seat on Wigan Council which was not in fact vacant.
  • Halliburton v Chubb [2018] EWCA Civ 817 - acting for the appellant in an appeal to the Court of Appeal relating to the first instance decision refusing an application under section 24 of the Arbitration Act
  • H v L [2017] EWHC (Comm) 137 - acting for the applicant in an application to the High Court under section 24 of the Arbitration Act 1996
  • Credit Suisse Asset Management LLC v Titan Europe 2006‑1 PLC [2016] EWCA Civ 1293 - acting for the note trustees, in a dispute relating to interest entitlements in a commercial mortgage-backed securitisation
International Arbitration
  • Acting for the claimant, a policyholder under a trade credit insurance policy, in a London-seated LCIA arbitration worth approximately £13m against its insurers (ongoing)
  • Acting for the claimant in a dispute under an engineering services subcontract relating to the construction of a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), in ICC arbitral proceedings, worth approximately US$40m (ongoing)
  • Acting for the claimant, a policyholder under a Bermuda Form insurance policy, in arbitral proceedings worth approximately US$15m against its insurers (2018)
  • Acting for the claimant, a policyholder under a Bermuda Form insurance policy, in ad hoc arbitral proceedings worth over US$100m against its insurers (2017)
  • Acting for the claimant in an LCIA arbitration against a former contractor, in relation to a major construction project (2017)
Insurance Coverage
  • Advising a FTSE 100 financial services firm in a review of its financial lines policy wording
  • Advising a major UK construction firm on a notification to its insurer of multiple claims arising under its professional liability policy
  • Advising a major listed financial institution on recoveries under its Comprehensive Crime and Civil Liability Insurance in relation to multiple class actions against which it is defending
  • Advising a major European energy and renewables company in a review of its directors' and officers' liability insurance program
  • Advising a global retail company on a notification to its insurer under a trade credit insurance policy
  • Advising the director of a FTSE 250 logistics firm on a notification under a directors' and officers' liability policy, in relation to multiple sets of proceedings brought against him
  • Advising the director of a listed financial securities firm in a potential claim under its professional indemnity policy