Alex is a Senior Lawyer at Wikborg Rein's London office and is part of the firm's Shipping Offshore practice.
Alex has a broad range of contentious experience from the more traditional dry and wet shipping diet through to live casualty attendance, crisis management experience and more latterly disputes involving specialist offshore construction and service vessels such as FPSO's, drilling rigs, OSVs, DSVs and heavy-lift assets as well drafting and litigating the underlying EPC/EPCI/T & I contracts which underpin the projects.
Alex has been involved in some of the more recent high-profile marine and offshore casualties including Transocean Winner, Charlotte Maersk, MSC Flamina and MOL Comfort amongst others.
Alex was described in Legal 500, Asia Pacific 2019 as "an outstanding Senior Associate, hardworking, responsive and intellectually immense".
Passage plans – fail to prepare, prepare to fail
The CMA CGM Libra  EWCA Civ 293 (Alize 1954 and CMA CGM SA v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG and 16 Ors) The Court of Appeal of England & Wales has recently endorsed the first-instance Admiralty Court decision that a failure to properly prepare a passage plan or to properly mark-up navigational charts to reflect navigational dangers, may amount to a failure to exercise due diligence to make the vessel seaworthy, leading to an actionable fault defence for cargo interests who had refused to contribute to general average.
Notification is the key: The prevention principle, delay and extensions of time under shipbuilding contracts
The decision in Jiangsu provides an in-depth analysis of how, if at all, the prevention principle applies to shipbuilding contracts and the importance of good contract management to notify and seek extensions for events of delay.