Phil has over 20 years' experience acting on behalf of shipowners, ports, fleet hauliers, their specialist insurers and allied industry organisations. He is highlighted in the latest Legal 500 as "very clear and open in his communication". Described by clients as "being good at evaluating and solving difficult issues" and "bringing comprehensive knowledge to all aspects of port and shipping business", Phil is experienced in all issues arising out of the interaction between ship, port and cargo interests.

Claims expertise includes collisions, unsafe ports, pollution and environmental incidents, bailment and goods in transit, fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries. Risk management and regulatory expertise includes emergency investigation and  response to HSE and MCA/MAIB intervention. Business protection expertise includes protection and collection of port revenue and marine recoveries generally. More recent non contentious activity includes project management of all stages of a major marine infrastructure project; from planning and environmental impact issues, through to procurement and  contract management and ultimately delivery.

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Insights No Deal Brexit: EU Announce basic road connectivity measures to continue until 31 December 2019

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In a landmark judgment, Cargo Interests have defended an application made by the owners of a bulk carrier to constitute a limitation fund.

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Insights New code to combat cyber attacks on ports and port systems

A new Code of Practice on Cyber Security for Ports and Port Systems has recently been launched. The Code was commissioned by the Department of…

Insights Recoverable damages for wasted staff costs

Recent case law has provided guidance on the court’s current approach to the issue of recoverability of staff costs involved in the investigation of a…

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Phil James is "technically very good, has great communication skills and is very user-friendly". Legal 500 2019

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Phil James is "technically very good, has great communication skills and is very user-friendly".

Legal 500 2019

"Simply outstanding".

Legal 500 2019

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

Phil James has substantial ports and terminals expertise, advising on port liability incidents and regulatory matters.

Legal 500 2017

"Department head Phil James has 'excellent working knowledge of legislation'. Head of the marine practice Phil James 'is a real star lawyer, and is prepared to roll his sleeves up and understand the issues'."

Legal 500 2015

"Phil James is ‘a real star’."

Legal 500 2016
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