Axel is well versed in the laws of defamation (libel/slander) and has advised both claimants and defendants on media law disputes. He also advises clients on privacy laws, including the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the common law torts of breach of confidence and misuse of private information. Axel worked on the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation following the phone-hacking scandal relating to the historic conduct of journalists at British newspapers. He recently represented a commercial client in a USD 30,000,000 breach of confidence claim brought by a competitor who alleged the defendant had unlawfully exploited its commercial secrets.
Axel advises candidates, political parties and commercial clients on all aspects of UK election law. His practice includes advising on the regulatory requirements for political parties, the laws on political donations and campaign spending, the laws relating to the conduct of candidates during elections, election petitions (where election results are challenged in the courts), responses to boundary reform consultations and on the boundary review process generally at both local and national levels.
Axel is also experienced in advising on the internal structures, constitutions and disciplinary frameworks of political parties and similar membership organisations. An active member of the Labour Party for 15 years, Axel has served in various official roles including as constituency secretary and as procedures secretary for a parliamentary selection. He is at ease applying the complex legal frameworks that govern the relationship between members of political parties, which are grounded predominantly in contract law, supplemented by principles of natural justice, reasonableness and procedural fairness as such concepts are understood in public and administrative law.
Axel has acted for a wide range of commercial and private clients conducting civil litigation in the High Court and the county court. He is well versed in the rules of evidence, court procedure and disclosure/discovery processes.
Axel has advised clients on their obligations under the requirements of various government regulators, including the Electoral Commission, UK/EU competition authorities and UK financial services authorities. He also advises clients on challenging the decisions of public authorities under English administrative law. Axel has carried out ‘drains-up’ internal investigations for clients including major investment banks and large commercial firms.
Prior to joining Edwards Duthie Shamash, Axel’s client work included:
- Acting for US-based institutional investors bringing a claim for damages (for fraud) against Tesco Stores plc, following that firm’s high profile accounting scandal
- Acting for a FTSE 250 high street retailer in receipt of a claim for damages under the Competition Act and Article 101 TFEU as well as under the intentional economic torts, in connection with an alleged hub-and-scope collusive agreement, and carrying out an internal investigation to establish the facts surrounding the claim
- Advising a major investment bank in enforcement proceedings brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, relating to suspicious trading activity and allegations of market abuse and market manipulation (spoofing and layering) under both the criminal and civil regimes, including carrying out an internal investigation
- Acting for an independent financial advisor in receipt of a warning notice setting out the FCA’s objection to his application for approval to perform a controlled function and in enforcement proceedings flowing from alleged breaches of the code of conduct for approved persons
Prior to joining Edwards Duthie Shamash, Axel spent five years in the City. He trained and qualified to practice as a solicitor at a Magic Circle law firm in London and Brussels. His practice focussed predominantly on disputes in the media, financial services and energy sectors, including extensive experience in breach of contract, intentional economic torts, breach of confidence, UK/EU competition law, and defamation claims. Axel also advised senior management of major firms on employment and incentives law matters.
Axel is passionate about access to justice and has undertaken significant pro bono work for clients without substantial means. This work has included work for registered charities and community organisations. Axel served for two years as a Director of a local pro bono legal advice centre. He is a member of the Society of Labour Lawyers and Unite the union.
2010-2014 – B.A.Cantab, M.A.Cantab. University of Cambridge
2014-2015 – LLM. University of Law
2017 – Admission to the Roll of Solicitors