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Alex Davey

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Birketts LLP

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Shipping, Transport




Alex joined Birketts in 2005. He is a Partner in our Shipping and International Trade Team.

Alex specialises in all aspects of shipping, transport and international trade work as well as a broad range of general commercial dispute resolution including reinsurance and insurance disputes, and aviation and professional indemnity work. He advises ship-owners, charterers, insurers, P&I Clubs, freight forwarders, logistics companies and all those involved with the movement of goods. Prior to joining Birketts, he worked for six years at Ince & Co.

Alex chairs and speaks at the Lloyds Maritime Academy courses on 'Time Charters,' 'Maritime Law,'and 'Marine Cargo claims.' He is author of various modules for the Informa Professional Academy self study courses on Time, Voyage and Tanker Charterparties. Before studying law, Alex obtained a degree in engineering from Durham University. Alex is a keen yacht and dinghy sailor and a qualified RYA Yachtmaster. In 2004 he sailed around the British Isles and Ireland from Ipswich with his wife and father-in-law before spending some time living and teaching English in Sri Lanka and in Sichuan province in China.

East Anglia: Transport

Transport and shipping

Within: Leading individuals

Alex Davey - Birketts LLP

Within: Transport and shipping

Clients praise the ‚Äėexpertise in insurance, shipping and commodity matters'¬†at Birketts LLP, which¬†supports clients in the¬†all sectors of the transport industry including logistics, haulage, warehousing, freight forwarding and ocean shipping. Shipping and logistics partner¬†Nicholas Woo¬†is the key contact. Henry Adams¬†and associate Pamela Dunning are key members of a practice that provides ‚ÄėCity expertise delivered on a more personal basis'. 'Response times are quick, the industry knowledge is good, the advice is always thorough and excellent value for high-quality service', says one client of the¬†shipping practice, which frequently handles¬†cargo claims and charterparty disputes. 'The quality of service standards compares to renowned London City shipping law firms', he adds.¬†Alex Davey¬†and¬†senior associate¬†Sarah Holsgrove¬†'provide thorough and commercial advice'.¬†Barrister Matthew Gowen¬†and senior associate Philippa Dyer¬†are recommended for contentious matters and clients remark that they are 'attentive, proactive, approachable, understanding and knowledgeable'.¬†Barrister and¬†Deputy Traffic Commissioner¬†Laura Thomas¬†is recommended for regulatory matters.¬†Associate Daniel Hart¬†in Cambridge is part of the¬†firm‚Äôs corporate criminal defence group and specialises in transport regulatory matters.

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London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Birketts LLP¬†is able to ‚Äėexplain difficult matters in an easy way‚Äô and its ‚Äėreplies are prompt and take into consideration both the commercial and the legal points‚Äô. The practice handles a range of wet and dry work, with expertise across bills of lading; charterparties, contracts of affreightment, cargo claims, shipbuilding disputes and marine insurance, as well as general average, salvage towage, collisions ship arrest and collision claims. Filhet-Allard Maritime, Raets Marine Insurance, SIACI Saint Honor√©, Shipowners P & I Club and Allianz Global & Speciality France are clients. Nicholas Woo¬†leads the team which features Alex Davey, who has an ‚Äėexcellent grasp of the legal issues as well as the commercial considerations, and provides clear and concise advice‚Äô; Henry Adams, who handles shipping, transport and marine insurance work;¬† Lisa Wortley, who is regularly instructed on claims relating to vessel performance; and senior associate Graham Kershaw. Legal director Paul Haworth¬†recently joined from Winter Scott LLP.

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