Alexander Gorst

Alexander joined Chambers in 2014 upon the successful completion of pupillage. His practice encompasses all aspects of chambers’ work and he is regularly instructed to appear in the Crown Court, Magistrates Court, Youth Court and elsewhere in criminal and related proceedings.

Notable cases

R v YDK & Others (Snaresbrook CC): Instructed as junior counsel in a five-month multi-handed trial concerning the kidnap and torture of a middle-man following a failed drugs deal.

R v SG & Others (Guildford CC): Secured the acquittal of a Royal Mail employee charged with conspiracy to steal from the post.

R v BH (Bristol CC): Represented a defendant charged with possession with intent to supply, having been caught entering Glastonbury Festival with various Class A substances amounting to over £1,000, a large amount of cash, some self-seal bags and a set of scales. The defendant pleaded guilty on the basis of social supply, he was successful in the subsequent Newton Hearing and received a suspended sentence.

R v KM (Warwick CC): Represented a nineteen-year-old of good character charged with possession with intent to supply, having been stopped by police with half a kilo of cannabis in his car amounting to nearly £3,000. The defendant pleaded guilty on the basis of ownership of only half the cannabis and social supply. This basis was accepted and he received a suspended sentence.


  • Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent), BPP London
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), BPP London
  • MPhil American Literature, Trinity College Dublin
  • BA American Studies, Kings College London
  • Middle Temple Scholar
Other experience

In 2005, Alexander completed an internship at the Gulf Region Advocacy Centre (GRACE) in Houston, Texas. GRACE provides free legal representation to indigent individuals on death row in Texas.

During his internship, Alexander liaised between lawyers and inmates on death row and assisted with research and investigation in support of appeals against the imposition of the death penalty.