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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 dual 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.

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 vessels. Matthew investigates incidents on behalf of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB Ireland).

Nigel Moniz

Consultant & Master Mariner

Capt. Nigel Moniz is a Master Mariner and Consultant at Tatham Macinnes LLP.

Nigel has over 30 years’ experience in the marine Industry having sailed on a variety of vessel types and sizes comprising of Crude, Product, Chemical, Bulk and Containers vessels from Cadet to Master. He is also a qualified Chartered Ship Broker (MICS) and has a specialised MBA in Maritime Management and is currently pursuing his ACII qualifications.

Nigel has previously worked with HFW, where he advised clients on a host of marine and insurance related issues as well as investigated a wide range of casualties encompassing collisions, salvage, groundings, fires, pollution, cargo damage and piracy.

He subsequently was the Head of Loss Prevention and Risk Management at a well know fixed premium P&I facility before starting his own Marine, Risk, and Insurance Consultancy where he consults with ship financiers, hedge funds, specialised shipping SPV’s, oil and commodity traders as well small to medium size shipowners on their insurance and risk managements requirements.

He is fluent in Hindi.

Liangyuan (Ashlee) Xi


Ashlee joined the firm in 2018 and has been working in a wide variety of maritime disputes, including collision, grounding, salvage, general average, charterparty disputes, bill of lading disputes, bunker disputes, cargo claims, and shipbuilding disputes.

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 Prize in Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air and was awarded for achieving top performance.

As a native Mandarin speaker, Ashlee keeps a close relationship with the Chinese shipping industry and is particularly well placed to advise on cases involving a significant Chinese element.

Ashlee is also active in the London market. She joined force with Partner, Alex Macinnes, in the recent amendments to the Admiralty Court procedures and the Commercial Court Guide concerning collision claims.

Nikolaos Pourpoutidis

Trainee Solicitor

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.

Patrick Price

Patrick holds an LLB Law Degree from the University of Southampton, with a focus on Carriage of Goods by Sea and Admiralty Law. He is driven to contribute to the legal field, particularly in maritime law.

Ryan Naden

Trainee Solicitor

Ryan graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2018, following this he spent the next four year working onboard Superyachts where he not only gained a solid, practical understanding of the maritime industry but a passion for the industry.

Ryan has recently completed the LPC and is constantly developing his knowledge of the industry.

Yuefeng Lyu


Yuefeng graduated from Swansea University in 2023 holding an LLM in International Maritime Law. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Maritime University and a master’s degree from World Maritime University.

Yuefeng spent three years working for the post-fixture team at a shipbroking company in Shanghai, where she gained practical experience in dry bulk chartering.

Yuefeng joined the firm in January 2024. She speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and English.

Barbara McNulty


Barbara holds an LLM in International Shipping Law from Queen Mary University of London and an LLB Law Degree from University of Galway, Ireland. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Barbara is currently pursuing maritime energy postgraduate studies with the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden focusing on sustainable development in the maritime industry and building on over five years’ experience in London working within the legal sector in the areas of infrastructure and energy.