Mike Roderick

Mike has over 30 years’ experience in marine insurance dispute resolution, handling a broad range of coverage, liability and recovery cases acting for London and foreign market insurers/reinsurers and their insureds/reinsureds. He also has significant experience of general commercial disputes with a marine flavour.

Mike heads up the fine art practice in London, often working closely with our New York office, acting for clients across a diverse range of issues including as to provenance, attribution, valuation and the recovery of stolen or looted art.

Mike sits as the ex officio Legal Adviser to the London market’s Joint Cargo Committee and is a supporting member of the Average Adjusters’ Association.

He has presented at IUMI, the leading marine market insurance conference, and frequently lectures to other audiences on topical marine and fine art insurance issues. He is regularly asked to draft new Policy wordings and clauses, a number of which have been adopted by the JCC and by clients.

He has extensive experience of handling cases before foreign Courts requiring the involvement of foreign correspondents and has achieved a number of important successes (e.g. the Tsakos / “In Sung” litigation where the clients won before the Uruguayan Supreme Court on the applicability of their terms and conditions; the “Contship France” where the clients succeeded before the Tahiti Court of Appeal in having multiple claims against them struck out on time bar grounds).

Mike has a working knowledge of French, German and Spanish, working closely in particular with our Paris office, and has given expert evidence to foreign courts in a number of cases (e.g. the M/V “SEWOL”).

He also has a particular interest in yacht work both contentious and non-contentious involving yachts big and small, and works closely with our Ship Finance team.