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Stephenson Harwood

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Alex Davis

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Stephenson Harwood

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Marine and international trade.


Alex heads the marine insurance and marine and casualty response groups.

Alex has acted for major London Lloyd’s and company market insurers as well as Continental insurers on a wide range of marine insurance based matters. He regularly advises his clients on complex coverage issues on hull, cargo, war, port risk, shipyard liability, general liability and mortgagee interest policies. 

He has significant experience of acting primarily for International Insurance markets handling major casualties, collisions, salvage, and wreck removals. He regularly contributes to major publications such as Lloyd’s List on relevant issues and has recently co-presented a paper on marine cyber risk at the IMCC with Rod Johnson.

He has particular expertise in relation to NOAs, CTLs and issues arising thereafter having led one of the main cases resulting in the development of the law in this area. He is also a recognised as leading practitioner on mortgagee interest coverage issues. 

He has advised geo-seismic operators and their insurers on risk management issues and advises the London market on pre-inception risk issues.

He is listed as a leading individual in marine insurance in the major legal directories.

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Alex Davis - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Stephenson Harwood boasts a highly specialised and 'vastly' experienced marine insurance team, which was further strengthened in October 2018 by the arrival of the highly regarded Joe O’Keeffe from Ince. 'Great commercial tactician' Alex Davis advises on cross-border hull, cargo, war risks, port risk, shipyard liability, general liability and mortgagee interest disputes. Simon Moore, who focuses on marine and energy matters, recently successfully argued in front of the Supreme Court in the B Atlantic case relating to war risks insurance.

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London: Transport


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Alex Davis - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Shipping

Stephenson Harwood handles a range of shipping work and is particularly known for its expertise in complex shipping disputes. The team, which is aided by its international network, handles charterparty disputes, shipbuilding work, FPSO disputes, offshore construction matters, marine insurance and casualty matters. The wider team also advises on IP and competition work in the sector, and ship finance enforcement work is also a key strength. The team represented Navigators Insurance Company and others in a Supreme Court case. Mike Phillips heads the team and marine insurance specialist Alex Davis is noted for his experience in coverage issues and complex losses. Paolo Ghirardani handles complex disputes, often with a cross-border element, and Sean Gibbons has a strong Korea practice and is experienced in the superyacht sector. Joe O’Keeffe joined from Ince in October 2018.

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Stephenson Harwood

  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
    - Stephenson Harwood

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