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."
Shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, Hull and Machinery Underwriters
- 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ruling on the rights of remuneration of the owners of a time-chartered ship after the ship has been lawfully withdrawn for non-payment of hire.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.
- Legal 500, Leading Individual