Alex Hookway

Senior Lawyer

About Alex

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".


Work experience
2020- Senior Lawyer, Wikborg Rein LLP, London_NEWLINE_2017-2019 Senior Associate, Watson Farley & Williams LLP, Singapore_NEWLINE_2015-2016 Associate, Stephenson Harwood LLP, London_NEWLINE_2013-2015 Solicitor, Roose + Partners, London_NEWLINE_2010-2013 Trainee Solicitor, then Solicitor, Birketts LLP, Ipswich_NEWLINE_
2006-2007 Legal Practice Course, Legal Practice Course_NEWLINE_2004-2006 LLB (Hons), Cardiff University


  • Shipping Offshore


    Passage plans – fail to prepare, prepare to fail

    The CMA CGM Libra [2020] 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.

  • Shipping Offshore, China


    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.