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Ince, Michael Volikas, London, ENGLAND

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Michael Volikas

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Joint Managing Partner


Michael is the Joint Managing Partner of the firm's London office and a shipping lawyer specialising in resolving commercial disputes on behalf of those in the shipping sector, both in court and through arbitration.

Michael works on both wet and dry shipping cases, with a strong focus on dispute resolution. He has specialist expertise in charterparties and bills of lading; sale and purchase agreements; and shipbuilding and refund guarantees. He has acted in cases that have reached the House of Lords, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in the European Court of Human Rights.

Michael forms part of our international emergency response team and advises on shipping casualties, with particular expertise in pollution and oil leakage risks and issues centred on unsafe port claims.

Clients include: Shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, Hull and Machinery Underwriters

Recent cases
- The Prestige: high profile casualty off the coast of Spain.
- The Kos: this Supreme Court case made a significant ruling on the rights of remuneration of the owners of a time-chartered ship after the ship has been lawfully withdrawn for non-payment of hire.
- Astipalaia collision with Hanjin Shenzhen: this judgment confirms that an owner can claim damages not just for the immediate loss of use of the vessel during the period of repairs but also for further knock-on effects to the vessel’s ability to return to normal trading.


English, Greek & Norwegian (conversational)


Qualified in 1991.

London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Michael Volikas - Ince

Within: Shipping

Ince is a ‘fantastic shipping firm’ which boasts ‘in-depth expertise’ across wet and dry shipping. It handles major casualties, high-profile maritime disputes, regulatory matters and transactions. The team also stands out for its yachts experience. Headline work includes advising oil tanker Alnic MC, and its owner, Energetic Tank, in connection with a major collision that occurred between it and a U.S. Navy destroyer; representing Great Eastern Shipping and North of England P&I Club in $30m proceedings in the UAE and London as a result of  a collision of an LNG carrier and another tanker in the Gulf of Oman; and representing Teekay LNG Partners on a $110m case involving the termination of six long-term bare boat charters and the repossession of the vessels.  The team also represented Gard in a high-profile $170m unsafe port claim, the Ocean Victory. Key figures include global shipping head Faz Peermohamed, who has ‘fantastic experience’; Michael Volikas, who handles commercial disputes for shipping sector clients; Ian Chetwood, who handles contentious wet and dry work; Christian Dwyer, who is global head of the firm’s admiralty and casualty response team; ‘first-rate’ litigator Jeremy Biggs; and Will Marshall, who is global head of trade. Also noted are Duncan Bateson, who advises on superyachts and commercial shipping mandates, Simon Spark, Fionna Gavin and Chris Kidd. Paul Herring has relocated to the firm's Piraeus office, while Kevin Cooper has joined MFB, David Richards has joined The North of England P&I Association and Jonathan Elvey has left the firm.

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