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Alex Davis

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Stephenson Harwood

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Marine and international trade.


Alex Davis 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: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Stephenson Harwood's marine insurance group is ‘excellent in terms of quality of advice’, offering clients ‘legal and offshore industry knowledge and speed of response’. Its focus on marine insurance makes it a go-to firm for London and continental insurers and reinsurers in relation to insurance coverage liability and subrogated disputes; the team also advises on policy wordings across the board in offshore disputes. Simon Moore acted for Navigators Insurance Company, Travelers Syndicate 5000 at Lloyd's, and others in the high-profile case of the B Atlantic, which was detained in Venezuela in 2007; the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the clients in May 2018. In other highlights, team head Alex Davis oversaw the firm’s appointment to the legal panels of RSA and Brit Insurance, as well as managing the firm's relationship with Talbot and Hiscox. Also noteworthy is the ‘experienced and commercially mindedNick Barber, who specialises in hull, cargo and liability insurance, ‘demonstrates a clear grasp of the legal issues and provides excellent advice’.

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Alex Davis - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Shipping

Stephenson Harwood is a ‘friendly and approachable firm’ which has ‘excellent attention to detail and logistical acumen’ and is noted for its experience in high-value and complex shipping disputes. The team acted for the successful shipowners in a Supreme Court decision arising out of the seizure of the vessel MV Longchamp by Somali pirates and represented Commerzbank in a case which examined shipping loan agreements. It is also acting for PDVSA group companies in a number of shipping disputes. Head of marine and international trade Mike Phillips is ‘outstanding’; Nick Barber is noted for his ‘admiralty expertise, his brilliant investigative knowledge and experience’; Stuart Beadnall regularly advises on the maritime aspects of the oil and gas industry; Paolo Ghirardani is ‘simply brilliant’; Cristan Evans is ‘very professional, responsive and delivers a high-quality service’; Alex Davis leads the marine insurance and marine and casualty response groups; Tony Concagh is ‘extremely knowledgeable’; Sean Gibbons is noted for his experience in acting for Korean shipowners and shipyards in disputes; and Ingolf Kaiser is ‘very experienced. Simon Moore, Max Lemanski, Duncan McDonald, Haris Zografakis and senior associate Tom Adams are also key members of the team. Menelaus Kouzoupis recently joined from HFW.

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