Phil is head of Weightmans' marine team, having over 20 years' experience acting on behalf of ship owners, ports, fleet hauliers, their specialist insurers and allied industry organisations.
Phil is experienced in dealing with a broad spectrum of issues arising out of the interaction between ship, port and cargo interests. From claims arising out of collisions, unsafe ports, pollution and environmental incidents, bailment and goods in transit to fatal accidents, HSE and MCA intervention, 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, Phil is a claims lawyer and a commercial lawyer. "Deal doing" and litigating are equal parts of the offering.
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 pro active advice to management on how to comply with the myriad of obligations and regulations which are part of their business.
Phil also has particular experience in the Irish insurance market in respect of marine and general litigation.
Phil is ranked in The Legal 500 2016 as a 'Leading Individual'.
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Phil James is a 'star performer – he is a real roll up your sleeves type of lawyer who gets things done well'. Legal 500 2017