Michael is a partner based in our London office and is part of our marine team. He joined Kennedys following its merger with Waltons & Morse LL in 2016

A specialist in the marine and shipping sector, Michael principally represents owners, charterers, freight forwarders and cargo insurers in a variety of shipping and transport related matters.

His practice is primarily focused on dispute resolution in dry shipping matters, particularly charterparty disputes in which he has represented both owners and charterers. Michael has experience with carriage of goods by sea disputes, representing cargo insurers in a wide variety of disputes, and piracy related matters, having represented various parties from an attack by pirates to the resolution of general average disputes between parties and their insurers. Michael’s experience in these matters is in both the High Court and numerous LMAA and ICC arbitrations. He has also represented his clients in a number of successful mediations.


  • Qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2008


Michael Biltoo is a tireless worker and can handle any claim that you throw at him.

Chambers UK 2021

Market recognition

  • Next Generation Partner and recommended lawyer for 'Transport: Shipping (London)'
    “Michael Biltoo is a tireless worker and can handle any claim that you throw at him.”
    The Legal 500 UK 2021
  • Up and coming Lawyer for 'Shipping (UK-wide)'
    Clients remark that "he is a superb lawyer with the ability to break down a case and concentrate on the relevant issues."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Next Generation Lawyer and Recommended Lawyer for 'Shipping (London)'
    "Michael Biltoo is 'never afraid to dive in and take the bull by the horns when working on difficult cases."
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20

Work Highlights

Successfully acted on behalf of buyers of gas oil in a sale of goods case to strike out a demurrage claim made against them on the grounds that it was time barred, in circumstances where the demurrage provisions were incorporated from a charterparty – Glencore Energy (UK) Ltd v Sonol Israel Ltd (The “Team Anmaj”) [2011].

Advised in relation to the loss of The Ocean Victory at Kashima port, Japan and safe port warranties in charterparties, and whether demise charterers could be liable to shipowners for breach of a safe port warranty – The Ocean Victory [2015].

Acted for cargo insurers in a dispute with vessel owners following the hijack of the vessel by pirates in Somalia, which was at the time one of the highest known ransoms paid to Somalian pirates. Advised clients in respect of the piracy event and the ensuing general average dispute and negotiating settlement.

Advised cargo insurers in relation to the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, the biggest shipping collapse in modern times, and the consequent effect on cargo policies and cargo recoveries. 

Successfully acted on behalf of defendant owners, opposing an application to set aside a successful arbitration award on grounds of serious irregularity, following a finding by the arbitrator of a breach by the claimant charterers of an unsafe berth warranty in a charterparty – A v B [2017].

Market recognition
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    Next Generation Partner

    The Legal 500 UK 2021

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2021

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    Next Generation Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020