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With practical, hands-on knowledge gained as in-house counsel in Major Shipowners, and as Master Mariners, in operations, ship surveying and in naval architecture, our lawyers have the legal and industry experience necessary to help you obtain the best possible outcomes.

Alex Macinnes


Alex Macinnes is a solicitor and the Managing Partner of Tatham Macinnes.

Formerly of Ince & Co and Holman Fenwick Willan, with a degree in naval architecture and offshore engineering from University College London and a law degree from Southampton University, he combines practical and legal experience.

As a naval architect, he trained as a ship surveyor with Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, carrying out ship inspections, shipyard new-building surveys and ship plan approvals. He also has first hand experience of building ships in Far Eastern yards.

Alex specialises in shipping, energy and insurance law, and is particularly adept at dealing with technically complex shipping and offshore disputes.

He regularly lectures on marine law and marine insurance.

His specialities include:

  • Marine casualty cases, including collisions, groundings, wreck-removal, stability/total loss, pollution, piracy and fires;
  • Technically complex dry and offshore claims, including claims relating to hook-up and commissioning of FPSOs, engine and machinery damage, steering-gear, shaft and sternseal failures, container stack collapses and corrosion-induced failures;
  • New-building and repair disputes concerning all vessel types including drilling ships, FPSOs and semi-submersibles;
  • Insurance, including Marine and Energy insurance; and
  • Sale and purchase.

Sora Jeon


Sora is a partner at Tatham Macinnes, where she deals mostly with marine casualty cases and insurance claims. Sora has significant experience in dealing with contentious wet shipping matters, including collisions, grounding, salvage and wreck removal.

Sora’s education and work history spans four countries: Korea, Greece, the USA and the UK and she is duly qualified in England and Wales and New York. Having also served as the chairperson of the Lloyd’s Marine & Energy U35s Group she regularly lectures on insurance and shipping related matters. Before joining Tatham Macinnes, Sora worked as an in-house counsel for a Greek shipowner in Athens.

Martin Watson

Master Mariner Solicitor Consultant

Martin is a Master Mariner and was formerly a partner and Head of London Marine at the specialist insurance law firm Kennedys.

Martin brings to the firm not only his considerable technical expertise and ship command experience, but also his specialist knowledge gained over 20 years in the marine insurance market handling policy coverage disputes.

He is also an experienced case investigator. He attends on board ships to take evidence from crew members typically in collision, grounding, salvage and total loss cases and to ensure the clients’ interests are protected in the aftermath of an incident.

Martin spent 16 years at sea sailing on cargo, reefer and container vessels, VLCCs and product tankers, including in command, and brings that experience to bear in navigational or ship handling as well as cargo handling cases.

Matthew Forbes

Consultant Solicitor & Master Mariner

Matthew is a Master Mariner and qualified solicitor.  Matthew has previously worked at both Ince & Co and Brookes Bell investigating a wide range of casualties encompassing collisions, salvage, groundings, fires, pollution, cargo damage etc.

Matthew has seagoing experience on a variety of ship types and sizes, comprising crude, LPG, LNG, products, passenger vessels, tugs, Ro-Ro, research and workboats.  He served in all ranks to master and he continues to work as a delivery master.  His broad maritime background includes acting as a maritime advisor to the European Commission in Brussels.

Matthew holds an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection, LLB (hons) in English Law and BSc in Marine Operations.

In addition to consultancy, Matthew presently works as a harbour master and pilot of large ro-ro vessels.

Liangyuan (Ashlee) Xi

Trainee Solicitor

Ashlee holds a first class LLB degree and a Master of International Commercial and Maritime Law with distinction from Swansea University. She was the winner of the HFW Prize in Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air and was awarded for achieving top performance.

As a native Mandarin speaker, Ashlee is particularly well placed to assist on cases involving a significant Chinese element.

Ashlee assists the partners with all aspects of the firm’s work.


Antonis Vakondios

Paralegal Foreign Qualified Lawyer

Antonis is a first instance qualified lawyer in Greece and graduated with an LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton (Distinction).

He was awarded with the following prizes for his academic performance:

  • The Quadrant Chambers Prize for Best Performance on taught aspect of the LLM;
  • The Gateley Plc Prize for Best Performance in Marine Insurance; and
  • The Clyde & Co LLP Prize for Best overall performance.

Publication: “The RENOS – Retaking notice of the Notice of Abandonment” (British Insurance Law Association Journal – Issue 132).

Prior to his LLM, Antonis qualified with an LLB from Athens Law School (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens) and during his qualification as a Greek lawyer he worked in the Legal Council of the Hellenic State and in law offices in Athens.

Antonis is a Greek native speaker, he is fluent in English, and has working proficiency in German.

Georgia Cooper


Georgia studied law at Southampton University and holds an LLB law degree.

Having specialised in admiralty law during her studies, Georgia assists with all aspect of the firm’s work.

In her spare time, Georgia is a keen sports enthusiast and has a passion for travel.