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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


What others say:

“Alex Macinnes enjoys a strong international reputation for his superb shipping practice and is highlighted by peers for his profound knowledge of marine insurance”

– Who’s Who Legal 2021.

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

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 surveyor with Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, carrying out ship inspections, new-building surveys and 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 and fires;
  • Technically complex dry and energy 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; and
  • Insurance, including marine and energy insurance.

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


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.


James Parker

Trainee Solicitor

James studied French at the Universities of Warwick and the Sorbonne, before completing his two-year ‘Senior Status’ Law Degree at the University of Bristol, where he was awarded a Distinction overall and ranked 5th in his year. James additionally holds an LLM in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge, for which he was the recipient of the ‘William Charnley Scholarship’ from Hughes Hall College.

Prior to joining Tatham Macinnes, James spent time in the UK Civil Service. Following initial postings at the Ministry of Defence, he transferred to the Maritime Directorate at the Department for Transport to support the implementation of ‘EU Exit’ security legislation. During successive policy postings related to Maritime Covid-19 Recovery and Maritime Technology, James developed a broad, transferable connection to the shipping industry.

Garance Vaughan


Garance holds an LLB in English and French Law from University of Kent and Université de Bordeaux. She also holds an LLM in International Commercial Law with distinction from University College London (UCL). She represented UCL in the 2020 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, achieving top 30 out of 354 teams.

Garance is a French native speaker, and is particularly well placed to assist on cases involving a significant French element.

Garance assists with all aspects of the firm’s work.

Nikolaos Pourpoutidis


Nikolaos holds an LLB in Law from University of Sussex. He also holds an LLM in Maritime Law with distinction from University of Southampton and received the Dean’s List Award for Outstanding Performance for his dissertation.

Nikolaos grew up in Greece and is a Greek native speaker, and is particularly well placed to assist on cases involving a significant Greek element.

Nikolaos assists with all aspects of the firm’s work.