Alex Layton is a practising English barrister (Queen’s Counsel) based in London and is a specialist in private international law. He has more than 40 years’ experience in cross-border civil litigation over a wide range of commercial and other disputes. In addition to his main practice, he sits part-time as a judge in the Crown Court (criminal cases) and as a deputy judge of the High Court. He has also been admitted ad hoc to the Bars of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands and sits as an arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations both in the UK and abroad.
Mr. Layton has given expert evidence on English and European law for proceedings in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Russia and the United States. He has also lectured on topics of European and international law in Britain, Europe and the United States. Mr. Layton was a Visiting Fellow of New York University's Center for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law in 2011 and 2018. He is currently a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, teaching private international law and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Journal of Private International Law and Oxford University’s Institute of European and Comparative Law and of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Trier. Formerly chairman of trustees of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, he has co-authored European Civil Practice, a major textbook on European jurisdiction and judgments, as well as numerous book chapters and articles.