• Experience
    • Alex joined Birketts in 2005. He is a partner in our shipping and international trade team.

      Alex specialises in all aspects of shipping, transport and international trade work as well as a broad range of general commercial dispute resolution including reinsurance and insurance disputes, and aviation and professional indemnity work. He advises ship-owners, charterers, insurers, P&I Clubs, freight forwarders, logistics companies and all those involved with the movement of goods. Prior to joining Birketts, he worked for six years at Ince & Co.

      Alex is based at our Ipswich office.

  • More information
    • Alex chairs and speaks at the Lloyds Maritime Academy courses on 'Time Charters,' 'Maritime Law,'and 'Marine Cargo claims.' He is author of various modules for the Informa Professional Academy self study courses on Time, Voyage and Tanker Charterparties. Before studying law, Alex obtained a degree in engineering from Durham University. Alex is a keen yacht and dinghy sailor and a qualified RYA Yachtmaster. In 2004 he sailed around the British Isles and Ireland from Ipswich with his wife and father-in-law before spending some time living and teaching English in Sri Lanka and in Sichuan province in China.

      Alex is recommended by Chambers [UK 2017] for his shipping and transport (logistics) work. He is commended by sources for being "to the point and very quick to grasp the issue and appreciate the client's position and requirements." Alex "takes a pragmatic view of the issues and his guidance is clear and simple," report clients. An earlier edition notes that he is “very commercially aware and responsive.”

      Alex is recommended and listed as a 'Leading Lawyer' for shipping and transport matters by Legal 500 [UK 2016]. This edition says he is "highly motivated and responsible," on top of saying he "handles matters in a professional and competent manner." In an earlier edition clients say that Alex and colleagues Laura Thomas and Richard Eaton have "great competence in road transport and freight forwarding." The shipping team is described as "friendly and practical" and is "highly regarded in the shipping environment."

        Recommended Legal 500 2016