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Davies Johnson is delighted to announce that its specialist maritime and logistics legal services will now be available to clients throughout Australia, New Zealand and the region.

The unveiling of the firm’s Australian venture was hailed by Davies Johnson CEO, Peter Jackson, as a turning point in marine legal services in the region. “Australia’s marine and logistics sectors are still growing strongly despite the commodities dip, New Zealand’s ports are performing well, and new infrastructure projects are in the pipeline all over the region. These sectors deserve the same commercial approach and cost-effective structure we have in place with Davies Johnson in the UK, and we’re going to provide that with some of the best talent in the regional market.”

The Davies Johnson team, based in central Sydney, will be led by  Alexis Cahalan and Danella Wilmshurst, with further key appointments to be announced soon.

Alexis has been a shipping and transport lawyer since 1987, and is qualified in both Australia and England. After several years with Australia’s two leading maritime and transport law firms, reaching partnership level, Alexis has worked as in-house counsel for international offshore resources and engineering companies and most recently has been a legal and claims specialist for the TT Club, handling litigation and claims for some of Thomas Miller’s biggest insurance clients, as well as providing emergency advice and response for ship owners as a legal correspondent to the UK P&I Club.

Danella has been advising the shipping and insurance industry on maritime and transport law for over twenty years, having been a partner at two of Australia’s leading maritime and transport firms. An expert on wet and dry shipping, freight forwarding and logistics, transport contracts and transactional work, Danella is a Director of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and a Member of the Australian Federation of International Forwarders. She has taken several complex cases through litigation or arbitration, ranging from charter party disputes to oil pollution, and has an international reputation for her expertise and sound guidance to the industry.

Any inquiries about the firm’s Australasian services should be directed to Alexis, at  or Danella, at