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Weightmans LLP

100 OLD HALL STREET, LIVERPOOL, L3 9QJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 073 9900
Fax:
Fax 0345 073 9950
Email:
Web:
www.weightmans.com

Mike Burns

Tel:
Work 0151 242 6527
Email:
Weightmans LLP

Work Department

Marine.

Position

Specialises in shipping, marine insurance and commercial litigation. He is experienced in handling both high-value and complex litigation in the Admiralty and Commercial Courts, Mercantile Courts and in London arbitration. Mike’s expertise includes carriage of goods by sea, multimodal transit, CMR claims, freight forwarders’ liability, marine liability defence work and subrogated recoveries. Mike also has a strong marine commercial practice, including vessel sale and purchase, new build and charter contracts, ship management contracts, and advising on commercial projects for major vessel and port operators in the marine arena. Regular contributor to ‘Maritime Risk International’ and ‘Lloyd’s List’.

Career

Trained Withers; qualified 1993; partner Weightmans 2006 to date.

Languages

French.

Member

Liverpool Underwriters and Maritime Association; Manchester Marine Insurance Association.

Education

St Francis Xavier’s College, Liverpool; Durham University (1989 BA Hons Law 2(1)).

Leisure

Family, golf, football, tennis, Everton FC.


London: Transport

Shipping

Within: Shipping

Weightmans LLP has ‘excellent shipping knowledge’ and delivers ‘excellent response times’. It handles marine disputes expertise and also handles commercial matters; it regularly advises on ports and terminals liability and also represents insurers on marine casualties and contractual claims arising under charterparties and bills of lading. It is representing Champion Tankers on the implications and strategy relating to the collapse of OW Bunkers. In Liverpool, head of marine Phil James is ‘technically very good, has great communication skills and is very user-friendly’ and Mike Burns  has ‘in-depth marine knowledge and is very commercial’.

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North West

Transport

Within: Leading individuals

Mike Burns - Weightmans LLP

Within: Transport

The 'simply outstanding' Phil James heads the marine practice at Weightmans LLP   that regularly acts for ship owners, ports, fleet hauliers and their specialist insurers and related industry organisations. Mike Burns  is a key partner in shipping, marine insurance and commercial litigation and his 'maritime expertise is second to none'. Burns is experienced at handling high value and complex litigation in the Admiralty and Commercial Courts, as well as the Mercantile Courts and in London arbitrations. His expertise includes advising on the carriage of goods by sea, multimodal transit, freight forwarders’ liability and other areas such as subrogated recoveries. The team is representing Peel Ports in the aftermath of a major casualty in December 2017 concerning the vessel ‘V Due’ and the carriage of over-heating bulk biomass. In this matter there are multiple parties involved including vessel and charterers’ interests and related underwriters, cargo owners as well as underwriters. Oceanic Marine Management, Champion Tankers, Essar Oil UK and Isle of Man Steam Packet Company are all clients.

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