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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ruling on the rights of remuneration of the owners of a time-chartered ship after the ship has been lawfully withdrawn for non-payment of hire.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.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Shipping

(Leading individuals)

Michael VolikasInce

The ‘best-in-class’ team at Ince handles ‘the complete spectrum of legal shipping issues’, including shipbuilding, charterparty disputes and casualty issues. Led by Michael Volikas in London, the practice also includes Greece-based Paul Herring, litigators Ian Chetwood and Jeremy Biggs as well as admiralty specialist Christian Dwyer. The practice has recently gone through a period of significant change, including the acquisition of an experienced team from Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless, including Paul Griffiths, William Chetwood and Joanna Steele. The firm also secured the key hire of Hill Dickinson LLP global practice head Julian Clark as senior partner. Clark has over 30 years’ experience in this sector, handling big-ticket litigation, arbitration and mediation. Those new additions came on the back of a series of departures, including global shipping head Faz Peermohamed, global trade chief Will Marshall and commercial disputes partner Jonas Adolfsson.