read law at Leuven Law School. After his training at the Brussels Bar, he worked in the UK with an English law firm and various marine insurers. He then joined the Antwerp Bar, where he has been practising maritime, transport and trade law. Since 1997 he has been the head of Kegels & Co. His English and French publications concern all aspects of maritime and transport law and the law of logistics. He is also a regular speaker at international conferences and is a guest lecturer at universities, mainly on the topic of ship-arrest law. He has now also been asked to assist in the re-drafting of the chapter in the Belgian Maritime Code on chartering and carriage on Belgian interior waterways. He is also an officer at the International Bar Association.
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