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Mike Lax

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Lax & Co LLP


Senior partner of Lax & Co LLP. Mike has over 37 years’ experience in dealing with shipping and maritime law matters, including international trade litigation and arbitration, charterparty disputes, cargo claims, salvage, collision, marine insurance disputes, pollution claims, ship finance, sale and purchase and shipbuilding contracts (particularly cruise ships). The last few years have seen him heavily involved in complex and high value High Court litigation, involving aspects of fraud, the Fiona Trust litigation, segments of which still rumble on. Most recently, Mike has been involved in a high value charterparty dispute concerning the detention of a vessel in Venezuela (ST Shipping and Transport PTE Ltd v Space Shipping Ltd “CV STEALTH” [2016] EWHC 880 (Comm)).  Mike has also been acting in various multi-million dollar arbitrations, both here and in Singapore, covering issues from damages for delay in ice claims through to damages for off-spec cargo and charterparty cancellation claims.


Qualified 1977; partner Lawrence Graham 1979; founding partner Lax & Co LLP 2007.




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Mike Lax - Lax & Co LLP

Within: Shipping

The ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô team at Lax & Co LLP¬†is highly regarded for its dispute resolution experience and regularly handles litigation and arbitration cases for shipowners, charterers, operators, P&I Clubs and shipyards. Charterparty disputes, shipbuilding disputes, ship arrests, shipbuilding disputes, collisions, marine insurance claims and claims under bills of lading.¬†Stuart Dench¬†is regularly instructed on disputes involving charterparties, bills of lading and contracts of affreightment, as well as shipbuilding contracts. Robert Pollock-Hill¬†is experienced in contentious matters and associate Catriona Lewis¬†specialises in charterparty disputes. Mike Lax¬†leads the department. Imogen Rumbold has retired.

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