Alex Davey

Partner, Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution
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Alex qualified as a Solicitor in September 1999 and joined Birketts in 2005. He is a Partner in our Shipping and International Trade Team and is Head of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution 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.

Alex won the Shipping & Transport category for the UK at the Client Choice Awards 2019.

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 ranked by Chambers [UK 2024]. Clients in this edition note “Alex consistently supports our business and appreciates the fast-moving nature of our work.” Another adds “Alex is very sensible, very active in the sector, and I trust him entirely.”

Clients in an earlier edition said “Alex Davey has a very sharp and strategic mind. He is a superb lawyer and negotiator; he is calm under pressure and able to draw on his ample experience to bring about a positive outcome.” Another added “He always sees the bigger picture and always understands the problem from a business perspective.”  

He is also recommended and named as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal 500 [UK 2024] for his transport and his shipping work. In this edition, clients note “Tom Hodges and Alex Davey are straightforward, no nonsense approach with the focus on swift practical solutions in the best interest of the client.”

An earlier edition describes Alex as “very strong in all aspects of admiralty law; he is a highly motivated, responsible lawyer who handles matters in a very professional and competent way.” Whilst clients noted that “Alex Davey engages easily with people and makes himself available to assist with the issues which are brought to his attention” and “Alex Davey has a high degree of resilience and endurance”.

Awards and Memberships

Legal 500 Leading Individual 2024 logo
Alex Davey Chambers logo 2024

Alex is very sensible, very active in the sector, and I trust him entirely.

Chambers [UK 2024]

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