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Michael Ritter

Senior Associate


Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

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Mike qualified into the firm's Shipping Litigation Team in London in 2011, after a 2 month secondment with Maersk Line. He advises predominantly on issues arising from marine casualties including collisions, fires, groundings and wreck removals, covering issues including issues of limitation of liability, jurisdiction and underlying liabilities both in tort and any underlying contracts of carriage.

Arising from his work with the Admiralty team, he is also adept at dealing with practical, legal and compliance issues arising in casualty response scenarios, both those above and also maritime piracy and onshore kidnap events. In particular, issues relating to the payment and reimbursement of ransoms, the impact of the Terrorism Act 2000, and the risks faced by companies operating in difficult environments.

Finally, he has advised a number of offshore and seismic survey companies as to the status of various maritime boundary disputes and the impact this may have on proposed projects.

Michael is part of HFW's global marine piracy team who were awarded the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Lloyd's List Global Awards 2015 ceremony. The award celebrates excellence in corporate, social, ethical and environmental activity, and seeks to identify the company or organisation that best exemplifies the social and community spirit which is at the core of the shipping industry, and was presented in recognition of the outstanding pro bono work the firm's global marine piracy team has undertaken over the last year to secure the release of 22 "forgotten" seafarer hostages in Somalia.

Mike is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales.

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Lloyd's List Global Awards 2015 - Corporate Social Responsibility

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