As a highly regarded set of legal professionals, focusing on International Organisations Law, Bretton Woods Law only ever invites the highest calibre to join them. Not only do they expect first class qualifications and relevant experience, they also look for people who have a truly international approach to life both personally and professionally. It is this understanding and empathy with different countries and cultures, which helps Bretton Woods Law achieve its high level of success as well as being able to treat each client as an individual. Accordingly, Bretton Woods Law was delighted to welcome their new colleague Alex Haines to join their team, as he has a genuine international pedigree.
Alex’s impressive qualifications include a LLB in Law and French Law from the University of Exeter, a Master’s in International and European Law from Université de Rennes in France and the Bar Vocational Course from the Inns of Court School of Law in London; equally striking is his international experience and background.
Alex was brought up fluent in both English and French, and it is this cosmopolitan upbringing that Alex believes gave him his passion for not only international law, but also international life. His education at the European School in Oxford had a distinct international flavour, being taught in three languages including Spanish, as well as exposing him to a wide range of cultures. He is now also fluent in Spanish, no doubt helped by his time spent travelling through South America.
Alex’s international background clearly has had an effect on his professional life. After his studies he worked for the Prosecution Division of the International Criminal Court on a Congolese war crimes case, which only consolidated his wish to work in international law.
Since joining Bretton Woods Law, Alex’s true sense of the ‘international’ has come to the fore. Travelling around the globe representing International Civil Servants who are facing employment issues, he faces varying approaches, languages and cultures on a daily basis, all of which he takes in his stride, no doubt due to his international upbringing. This innate empathy with different nationalities enables Alex to defend the people he represents against large international organisations with a very human approach – and not treat every single client the same.
The same can be said for his work when working alongside companies who have been accused of fraud on projects funded by multilateral development banks. His ability to carry out his investigations and research involves dealing with clients and banks from around the world, his cultural sensitivity and international experience is all highly advantageous and benefits clients and colleagues alike.
Alex is a true global citizen and passionately believes in effectively and professionally defending his clients, whether they are International Civil Servants or companies accused of fraud or corruption by multilateral development banks – wherever in the world they might be.