Alberto Costa provides consultancy services to Nicholas Woolf & Co, developing our already substantial expertise.
With dual qualifications as a practising English Solicitor and Scottish solicitor (non-practising), and as a Scottish Notary Public, Alberto has a wide and invaluable experience of these legal markets.
Alberto sat on the Parliamentary Justice Committee in the last Parliament which was dissolved on 3 May 2017, and is the current MP for South Leicestershire. Prior to this, he had his own London-based law firm and was formerly a government lawyer at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.
Alberto is an English solicitor and a non-practicing Scottish solicitor and Scottish notary public.
His career includes working at Richards Butler international commercial law firm (now Reed Smith) where he represented multinational companies, including the world’s largest shipbuilder, in the High Court and in international commercial arbitration proceedings. Notable cases included successfully representing a major engineering conglomerate, in a $180 million complex American Arbitration Association dispute, concerning the Korean power generation sector, the contract being governed by Swiss law. He also represented a shipbuilder in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration involving a dispute arising from the conversion of ultra large crude carriers into floating, production storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs). His expertise was successfully used when he represented another major shipbuilder in a consolidated ad hoc arbitration, with a dispute involving two large container vessels.
Alberto was later appointed to the Treasury Solicitor’s Department where he advised and represented United Kingdom government ministers including the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Justice, as well as a number of public agencies including HM Prison Service and the former UK Border Agency. He managed some highly complex legal cases involving politically sensitive Government policies and worked with a range of government departments including the Attorney General. His work also concerned coroner’s inquests where he managed some challenging, media sensitive cases.
Alberto studied at the ancient University of Glasgow, graduating Master of Arts (Distinction) and Bachelor of Laws and gained the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the prestigious University of Strathclyde Graduate Law School. He is fluent in Italian and conversant in French and Greek.
In 2003, he was admitted, by examination, as an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Between 2012 and 2015, he served as a council member of the Law Society of Scotland, the professional regulatory body for Scottish solicitors.
Alberto sat on the Parliamentary Justice Committee in the last Parliament which was dissolved on 3 May 2017, and is currently the Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire.