Michael Collett KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Agency
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and financial contracts
  • Commodities and sale of goods
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Private international law
  • Shareholder and joint venture disputes
  • Shipping


Michael specialises in commercial law.

His areas of practice include general commercial disputes, international trade, shipping (including charterparty, contract of affreightment, bill of lading, shipbuilding, and ship sale and purchase disputes), commodities, conflicts of laws, insurance (including marine insurance and protection and indemnity cover), reinsurance, banking, and shareholder disputes.

Michael appears both in court and before a variety of arbitration tribunals. He is registered to appear before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC).

He accepts appointments as an arbitrator. Michael has been involved in a number of references under various regimes, including the LCIA and LMAA terms, UNCITRAL rules, and ad hoc. He is a member of the panel of arbitrators of ARIAS (UK), MOOGAS, SCMA and SIAC.



French, German.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Michael Collett KCTwenty Essex ‘Very effective as counsel. He knows his charterparty law extremely well and has a very strong intellect. His advocacy is well presented in a calm manner which goes down well with judges and arbitrators.’

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Michael Collett KCTwenty Essex ‘He is very effective as counsel, knows his commodities law extremely well and presents his advocacy in a calm manner that goes down well with judges.’

Undoubtedly the strongest commodities set’, Twenty Essex  has ‘some outstanding practitioners and the widest selection of very talented lawyers in the commodities area’. One market source remarks that it is ‘the premier set for commodities work with multiple options at every level of seniority’. Michael Ashcroft KC, Michael Collett KC and Timothy Young KC are among the most prominent silks in this area of law. Ashcroft KC acted for the seller, Tintrade Inc., in Septo Trading Inc v Tintrade Inc, a fuel oil dispute concerning where title passed, who bore the risk of off-specification cargo in context of blending and supply from multiple shore tanks through pipelines, and whether cargo was, in fact, off-spec. Among the juniors, Daniel Bovensiepen, who acted as sole counsel defending a Commercial Court claim totalling about $765,000 for alleged contamination of a cargo of gasoil, and Oliver Caplin, who acted as sole counsel in a five-day oil trading dispute in the Commercial Court, are among many who are considered to be at the top of their game.