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Weightmans LLP

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Phil James

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Weightmans LLP

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Phil is head of Weightmans’ marine team, with over 20 years’ experience in acting on behalf of ship owners, ports, fleet hauliers, their specialist insurers and allied industry organisations. Described by clients as ‘being good at evaluating and solving difficult issues’ and ‘bringing comprehensive knowledge to all aspects of port and shipping business’. Experienced in dealing with a broad spectrum of issues arising out of the interaction between ship, port and cargo interests and from claims arising out of collisions, unsafe ports, pollution and environmental incidents, bailment and goods in transit to fatal accidents, HSE and MCA intervention and slippers and trippers. Phil’s detailed understanding of operational and legal issues affecting the marine industry as a whole enables him to give clients genuinely ‘commercial’ advice. Like all members of the Weightmans team, he is a claims lawyer and a commercial lawyer. ‘Deal doing’ and litigation are equal parts of the offering. Provides advice to the fishing industry and its specialist insurers. Experience also extends to the offshore and supply industry. Acting for both insurer and insured also gives Phil the ability to advise on risk management, risk sharing and risk transfer, which he does regularly, providing proactive advice to management on how to comply with the myriad of obligations and regulations that are part of their business. Also has particular experience in the Irish insurance market in respect of marine and general litigation.

London: Transport


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


Within: Leading individuals

Phil James - Weightmans LLP

Within: Transport

The 'simply outstandingPhil 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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