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About Alex

Alex predominantly advises clients on the legal issues arising from casualty management and crisis response including salvage, wreck removal, groundings, collisions, fires and piracy with a particular interest in container ship casualties and war risk claims. Alex has extensive experience in marine insurance advising insurers, brokers and assureds in relation to H&M, war, kidnap & ransom, increased value, cargo, builder’s risks, yacht and ports & terminals insurance policies. Alex is also part of the firm’s dedicated yacht team:

Alex has been involved in a number of reported High Court cases including Osmium Shipping Corporation v Cargill International SA (The Captain Stefanos) [2012] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 46, Taokas Navigation SA v Solym Carriers Ltd (the Paiwan Wisdom) [2012] EWHC 1888 (Comm), The Owners of the Ship “Theresa Libra” v The Owners of the Ship “MSC Pamela” [2013] EWHC 2792 (Admlty), The Owners of the Ship “Stolt Kestrel” v The Owners of the Ship “Niyazi S” [2014] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 483, The Atlantik Confidence [2014] EWCA 217 and [2016] EWCA 2412 (Admlty), Keynvor Morlift Ltd and Others vs The Vessel (the Kuzma Minin) [2019] EWHC 3557 (Admlty), Aegean Baltic Bank S.A. v Renzlor Shipping Limited (the Starlet) [2020] EWHC 2851 (Comm),Splitt Chartering APS v Saga Shipholding Norway AS [2021] EWCA Civ 1880, James Kemball Ltd v “K” Line (Europe) Ltd [2022] EWHC 2239 (Comm) and Microlise Ltd v James Kemball Ltd [2023] EWHC 579 (KB).

Alex has spent time in the firm’s Dubai office and has undertaken a secondment to the legal department of an oil major and a London market insurer.

Alex was involved in the UK Chamber of Shipping’s working group on general average for the 2016 revisions to the York Antwerp Rules.

Alex has been named as a next Generation Lawyer in the Legal 500 UK 2017, 2018 and 2019 and a next Generation Partner in the Legal 500 UK since 2020 quoting: “Alex Kemp is my go-to lawyer for marine insurance.”

He is a trustee at Human Rights at Sea and a governor at the Charter School North Dulwich.