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Michael Volikas

Joint Managing Partner London T +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
michaelvolikas@incegd.com

Department Maritime Qualified 1991 Education (University) London School of Economics Languages Conversational Greek and Norwegian

Michael Volikas

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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.

Chambers and Partners UK

  • "Michael Volikas is a highly regarded shipping litigator who routinely acts for clients in commercial disputes. He has expertise in charter party matters, bills of lading, personal injury and collision claims. Market insiders call him "respected and well connected" in the shipping market.’ 

  • "Very efficient" and "an outstanding lawyer"

  • "He is 'a very safe pair of hands,' say sources, including in charter party disputes. Sources laud his 'practical, commercial understanding."

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ruling on the rights of remuneration of the owners of a time-chartered ship after the ship has been lawfully withdrawn for non-payment of hire.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

Accolades:

  • Legal 500, Leading Individual

My recent publications

News / Collateral waiver of privilege: how far does it extend?

02-03-2020 / Maritime

By voluntarily disclosing a document or part of a document that would otherwise be protected by virtue of its privileged status, how far is the lid lifted on other related privileged documents, or on other unredacted parts of the same document?

Collateral waiver of privilege: how far does it extend?

News / Court of Appeal confirms: privilege rules!

24-09-2018 / Maritime

Director of the Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd and the Law Society [2018] EWCA Civ 2006 In a much anticipated decision, the Court of Appeal has held that a multinational corporation that came under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) was entitled to assert litigation privilege over various categories of documents that had been generated as part of its internal investigation into a whistle-blower’s allegations of corruption within its organisation. In doing so, the Court of Appeal rejected the High Court’s more restrictive approach to litigation privilege.

Court of Appeal confirms: privilege rules!

News / “Always accessible”: arrival, departure or both?

12-06-2018 / Maritime

Seatrade Group N.V. v. Hakan Agro D.M.C.C (Aconcagua Bay) [2018] EWHC 654 (Comm) An “always accessible” berth warranty is often used by an owner to transfer the risk of delays in berthing to a charterer. The Commercial Court has now settled the debate as to whether that warranty also transfers the risk of delays in departing the berth post the completion of cargo operations to the charterer. The Court concluded that it did.

“Always accessible”: arrival, departure or both?

News / Narrow construction of privilege entitles SFO to disclosure of corporation’s internal documents

11-07-2017 / Maritime

The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd [2017] EWHC 1017 (QB)

Narrow construction of privilege entitles SFO to disclosure of corporation’s internal documents

News / Court of Appeal on recoverability in General Average of expenses associated with piracy attack

18-10-2016 / Maritime

Mitsui & Co v. Beteiligungsgesellschaft LPG (Longchamp) [2016] EWCA Civ 708 In the first English case to consider the application of Rule F of the 1974 York Antwerp Rules (the YAR), the Court of Appeal has heard an appeal by cargo interests on whether operating expenses incurred during the time spent negotiating a ransom with pirates were allowable in General Average (GA), specifically as ‘substituted expenses’ under Rule F. The appeal was successful on this issue.

Court of Appeal on recoverability in General Average of expenses associated with piracy attack

News / Do you know where your seafarer employees are "based" and why it matters?

28-04-2016 / Maritime

The Queen on the application of Fleet Maritime Services (Bermuda) Ltd v The Pensions Regulator (Rev 1) 2015 EWHC 3744 (Admin)

Do you know where your seafarer employees are "based" and why it matters?