Mike trained with Withers and on qualification in 1993 joined specialist London shipping firm More Fisher Brown. Mike joined Weightmans as a partner in May 2006.
Mike’s expertise includes the carriage of goods by sea, charterparty and bill of lading claims, hull and P&I insurance, cargo recoveries, freight liability, multimodal transit, CMR and yacht claims. Mike has a related non-contentious practice including vessel sale and purchase and drafting contracts of carriage.
Mike is ranked in The Legal 500 2015 as a 'Leading Individual'.
The “Maersk Tangier”: (1) AP Moller-Maersk A/S trading as Maersk Line v. Kyokuyo Limited  EWCA Civ. 778 (Court of Appeal)
In relation to delays in loading caused by the destruction of an intended loading berth, what approach will the courts take in construing an…
In a berth charter, can a laytime exclusion – here a strike preventing loading or discharging – rescue charterers from a demurrage claim?
This case reinforces the market understanding that the BIFA 9 month time limitation, and prohibition of setting off against charges, are reasonable.
A number of cases have reached the courts regarding the approach to assessing damages arising out of early re-delivery and premature charter…
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Mike Burns has "in-depth marine knowledge and is very commercial". Legal 500 2019