Alexander MacDonald > Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
7 King's Bench Walk
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Barrister specialising in all areas of commercial law, including insurance and reinsurance, international trade, banking, shipping, private international law, international arbitration, professional negligence and commercial agreements.


Called 2001; tenant since 2002; part time supervisor in contract and European law Trinity College, Cambridge 2000-01 and 2004-05; member of Lincoln’s Inn.


French, Spanish (basic knowledge).


Robert May’s CS; Pearson College UWC; Trinity College, Cambridge (BA Law); Georgetown University (LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Alexander MacDonald7 King’s Bench WalkHis legal analysis is excellent and very well presented. He cuts to the core of the case with ease.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Alexander MacDonald7 King’s Bench WalkVery thorough, reliable and knowledgeable, he provides well-researched and comprehensive advice.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Alexander Macdonald7 King’s Bench WalkPhenomenally hard working and has an incredible ability to assimilate a very large amount of information in a short period of time. His legal analysis is excellent and very well-presented.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander MacDonald7 King’s Bench WalkVery thorough, reliable and knowledgeable. I have no hesitation in retaining him on complex reinsurance matters and in relying on the very thorough, well-researched and comprehensive advice that he gives.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Alexander MacDonald7 King’s Bench Walk

7 King’s Bench Walk is praised by clients for its ‘excellent strength in depth for shipping, insurance and shipbuilding’, with the sets’ silks and juniors engaged in high-profile matters in court and arbitration. Robert Bright QC continues to act at the highest level on matters such as CMA CGM Libra, a Supreme Court case concerning the test for seaworthiness in which he and Richard Sarll represented the International Group of P&I Clubs as interveners. Elsewhere, Stephen Hofmeyr QC was instructed on Argentum Exploration Limited v Silver, a case relating to silver recovered from the wreck of the SS Tilawa. The set is also active on marine insurance cases, including Psara Energy vs Lancashire Insurance, a disputed war risks claim which saw Peter MacDonald Eggers QC leading Marcus Mander and Benjamin Parker, with Hofmeyr QC and Alexander MacDonald on the opposing side. Sushma Ananda also had a strong year, acting in a number of dry shipping disputes.