Alper was called to the Bar in 1973 and spent much of his early career in areas linked to Human Rights law which was then in its infancy. Subsequently, he was the barrister in a number of high-profile cases including:
- R v Secretary of State ex parte Bugdaycay, House of Lords – on test of reasonable likelihood of persecution in refugee cases;
- R v Secretary of State ex parte Ross-Clunis, House of Lords – on British Nationality law.
- R v Collin Miller Court of Appeal, Criminal Division – on whether one previous conviction for rape when the defendant was teenager was capable of showing propensity to commit rape;
- R (On the Application of Nicolaou) v Redbridge Magistrates Court Divisional Court – on the meaning of “Take out of the UK” under the Child Abduction Act 1984;
- Guzelyurtlu v Cyprus & Turkey(2018) European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber – on the Obligation of states to co-operate in the investigation of murder;
- Ledra Advertising and others v European Commission and European Central Bank Court of Justice of the EU, Grand Chamber – on the legality of the Cyprus bail-in.
Alper is based at Goldsmith Chambers in the Middle Temple in London. In 1991 he became the first Cypriot national to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel in England after Cyprus independence in 1960. He was appointed a part-time judge in 1992 sitting in civil and criminal cases.