Alastair Alastair

Barrister: Alastair Hogarth


BVC (Very Competent), BPP; Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), BPP; MA (German & Business Studies), University of Edinburgh


Al is client focussed and practical with a view to achieving the best outcome for those he represents. He is a highly regarded court room advocate and negotiator with a reputation for being charming yet intelligent, reasoned and tenacious.

Al practices exclusively in the areas of civil and family law. Further detail of his practice in these areas can be found under the headings above.

Al prides himself on his personable approach and an ability to build a rapport with clients and opponents alike. He is a strong believer in putting clients at their ease at all stages of the legal process whilst at the same time vigorously pursuing their interests. Al is regularly complimented on having made the process of litigation clearer, calmer and less daunting for those involved.

Al regularly lectures solicitors on various aspects of personal injury, civil litigation and family law. He has been a contributing author to various practitioners' texts and provides updates for chambers' publications on current relevant legal issues.

He is also direct access trained and approved by the Bar Council to accept instructions direct from lay clients.

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Civil Litigation:

Al has a busy personal injury practice, representing both Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of fast and multi-track cases, appearing at all levels of court. He has wide experience of road traffic accidents, employers' liability, public and occupiers' liability, fatal accidents, holiday claims as well as undertaking industrial disease work. His practice encompasses all aspects of personal injury law including representation at coroner's inquests and criminal injury compensation claims. He also has an ever expanding clinical negligence practice which to date has included plastic and laser surgery cases and negligently performed orthopaedic procedures.

In the personal injury sphere Al is a highly regarded courtroom performer, regularly noted for his personable but tenacious approach. Al is regularly complimented by solicitors for his easy manner and delicate handling of lay clients at all stages of litigation.

In keeping with a busy personal injury practice Al undertakes a great deal of drafting and advisory work. He is noted by his clients not only for his sound judgment, attention to detail and clear coherent advice, but also his common-sense approach to the merits of a case, as well as his expertise in maximising quantum and schedules of loss.


Kemp & Kemp, Personal Injury Law, Practice and Procedure: Author of chapter on appeals to the House of Lords (now Supreme Court), with Andrew Ritchie QC.

Notable Cases

  • Re: T (deceased): Representation at inquest of SO19 officer killed in the course of duty. Featured in national press. Subsequent Fatal Accident claim settled for £300,000+.
  • Re: P (deceased): Representation at inquest of worker killed on construction site. Subsequent Fatal Accident claim settled.
  • R v (1) G & (2) HH: 6 day multi-track trial. Apportionment of liability 50:50 between Defendants.
  • G v N: Representation of a claimant injured in a fall on a construction site (liability denied). Settled for £100,000+.
  • G v UK Insurance: Multi-track RTA. Settled at trial for £60,000.
  • G (minor) v T: Representation of an injured child (liability denied). Neurological and personality change issues. Settled for £50,000.

Family Law:

Al specialises in all aspects of family law, both public and private. In his public law work Al is instructed by local authorities, parents, other family members and on behalf of children, appearing in proceedings for care orders, supervision orders, placement orders and adoption. He has a broad range of experience having dealt with cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and chronic neglect for both local authorities and parents.

On the private side Al represents and advises parties on all aspects arising out of relationship breakdown including ancillary relief, residence and contact disputes. He has acted in a number of intractable contact disputes involving issues of domestic violence, mental health and sexual abuse. He has experience in dealing with a wide range of financial disputes, from those involving couples struggling to make ends meet post-divorce, to high net-worth cases involving multiple properties, different jurisdictions and company issues.

Notable Cases

  • B v L: Represented abused mother in successful application to terminate father's PR. First such case since CW v SG [2013] EWHC 854.
  • Re: V: Represented Local Authority in complex and sensitive care proceedings involving twin with Down's Syndrome.
  • H v H: successful representation of husband in 'gold-digger' ancillary relief proceedings.
  • R v R: representation of wife in ancillary relief proceedings with assets exceeding £2 million, including properties abroad.
  • Re: S: representation of mother in contested care proceedings. Child returned to the mother.
  • K v K: representation of father in intractable contact dispute with significant mental health issues.
  • Re: P: representation of mother in highly contested care proceedings.

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