Alexander specialises in all areas of commercial law practised at 7KBW, particularly international arbitration, energy, insurance and reinsurance, shipping and private international law.
He is recommended in the legal directories as a leading junior in the fields of Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Shipping. The Legal 500 describes him as ‘one of the stars of the Bar’. Alexander won Insurance Junior of the Year in the Chambers Bar Awards 2018 and Shipping Junior of the Year in the Legal 500 2019 Awards. He was also nominated for International Arbitration Junior of the Year in the Legal 500 2018 Awards.
In recent years Alexander has been involved in a number of complex and high profile commercial disputes. Amongst other things, he is acting for a number of insurers in the US$1.2 billion claim brought by SBM in connection with the Yme MOPUstor project, and for the Owners in the B Atlantic dispute, which was heard by the Supreme Court in March 2018. He has also been involved in insurance and reinsurance disputes (many of them in arbitration) relating to Madoff, large-scale buy-to-let mortgage fraud, the Christchurch II earthquake, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, pensions mis-selling and parallel lotteries. Alexander is equally comfortable being instructed on his own, or working as part of a large counsel and solicitor team. He appears in all tiers of the English courts, and has acted in a wide range of arbitrations, including under ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, LMAA, GAFTA and RSA terms.
In addition to the disputes concerning the reinsurance of energy risks, Alexander has also acted in a number of cases concerning the construction of offshore rigs.
Alexander has experience across a broad range of commercial disputes. He is described by the Legal 500, in their Commercial Litigation section, as a “star senior junior – super intelligent, commercial, thorough and fully engaged.
Alexander’s core area of practice relates to insurance and reinsurance. He has considerable experience in large-scale disputes, both for policy holders and insurers, often of a technical nature. He is currently involved in the claim brought by Single Buoy Moorings Inc against Zurich and others in respect of the alleged constructive total loss of the MOPUstor in the Yme field. He is acting for the owners (led by Alistair Schaff QC) in the claim brought by the owners of the B Atlantic, which was heard by the Supreme Court in March 2018. He has also advised in respect of potential insurance claims arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme. In recent years Alexander has been involved in a number of reinsurance / alternative risk transfer disputes, relating to events including Hurricane Ike, Deepwater Horizon and the Christchurch II earthquake.
Alexander has acted in a large number of shipping disputes as an advocate and in an advisory capacity, concerning amongst other things shipbuilding disputes, cargo claims under charterparties and bills of lading, hire and demurrage disputes, and claims for delay.
Alexander is recommended as a leading junior in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Energy, Insurance, International Arbitration and Shipping by Legal 500 2022, and in the field of Insurance and Shipping & Commodities by Chambers and Partners 2022.
Alexander won Shipping Junior of the Year in the Legal 500 2019 Awards and Insurance Junior of the Year in the Chambers Bar Awards 2018. He was also nominated for International Arbitration Junior of the Year in the Legal 500 2018 Awards.
He is described in the following terms:
7KBW publication – Carver on Charterparties, Second Edition
7KBW features in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2020
Alexander MacDonald wins Shipping Junior of the Year at The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019
7KBW have 8 nominations at The Legal 500 UK 2019 Awards
Winners at The Chambers Bar Awards 2018
Trinity College, Cambridge: MA in Law, first class (1999). Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC: LL.M in International and Comparative Law (2000); Inns of Court School of Law, London: Bar Vocational Course (2001)
During his time at Cambridge, Alexander was awarded the Tripos Prize, a Senior Scholarship and the Lizette Bentwich Prizes by Trinity. Subsequently, Alexander supervised Contract Law and European Law, at Trinity and Churchill Colleges, University of Cambridge, in 2000-01 and 2004–05. Georgetown University awarded him the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, SJ, prize for the most distinguished academic performance in his programme. Alexander was also awarded Pre-pupillage and Major Scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn, and a pre-pupillage scholarship by Trinity College, Cambridge.