Alexander Swain (2004)


An experienced and robust advocate with a meticulous attention to detail, Alexander enjoys a busy common law practice in London, the Southwest and Wales.

Practice Areas

Immigration, Asylum & Nationality; Housing;  Civil Litigation, Family & Childcare.

Immigration, Asylum & Nationality

Having been awarded a Masters (LLM) in International Human Rights, Alexander has extensive academic and practical experience in immigration and asylum law. Alexander advises, settles pleadings and represents parties in the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal in the following:

  • Asylum and Humanitarian Protection;
  • Citizenship and Nationality;
  • Unlawful detention;
  • Deportation of European and third-country nationals;
  • Entry clearance refusals;
  • Bail applications;
  • Family reunion;
  • Human rights;
  • Long residence;
  • Judicial Review;
  • Points based system applications and visas.

His notable decisions include:

  • R (Jakhu) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (ETS: legitimate expectations) [2015] UKUT 693 (IAC)
  • Anish Kamleshkumar Shah v SSHD IA/01083/2015, Upper Tribunal


Alexander regularly advises, drafts pleadings and represents parties at trial, interim applications and on appeal in the following areas:

  • Anti-social behaviour injunctions, including committals;
  • Disrepair, including consequential personal injury;
  • Homelessness
  • Residential possession proceedings (including accelerated possession, anti-social behaviour, neglect, went arrears, sub-letting, etc);
  • The right-to-buy;
  • Succession;
  • Tenancy deposits;
  • Mortgage possession;
  • Unlawful eviction and harassment

His notable decisions include:

  • St Hilaire v Katzenberg, December 2015/January 2016 Legal Action 44

Civil Litigation

Prior to joining Chambers, Alexander worked as a freelance county court advocate, Advocacy Manager and Solicitor-Advocate at LPC Law, specialising in Civil Litigation. His areas of expertise include:

  • Consumer contracts (Sale of Goods, Supply of Goods and Services);
  • Contractual disputes;
  • Credit and hire agreements;
  • Debt enforcement proceedings (Charging Orders, Order for Sale & Third Party Debt Orders);
  • Interim applications, including summary judgment and strike-out applications;
  • Personal injury, including infant settlement approval hearings.

 Family & Childcare

Alexander’s successful family law practice includes the following areas:

  • Public law care work
  • Ancillary relief
  • Applications for occupation and non molestation orders


Publications & Appearances

  • Editor, Invictus Chambers Blog (2013 – Present)
  • Editor, The Advocator (2009-2012)
  • Editor, The LPC Law Quarterly (2009-2011)
  • Editor, LPC Law News Online (2011-2013)

Interests & Commitments

Outside of work, Alexander is a keen footballer and long-distance runner. He also enjoys English, French and Italian cinema, modern history and travel.

In conjunction with his chambers practice, Alexander is an associate lecturer on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at the University of the West of England (UWE), lecturing in Immigration and Asylum law, Civil Litigation and Opinion Writing and Drafting.

Qualifications & Awards

  • BA (Hons), Italian
  • PgDL, City University
  • LLM, International Human Rights
  • BVC, University of the West England
  • Public Access

Professional Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Western Circuit


  • French (Advanced)
  • Italian (Advanced)