DWF partner wins Maritime Lawyer of the Year

Michael Kingston, insurance partner at DWF, has been announced as Maritime Lawyer of the Year at the prestigious Lloyd’s List Global Awards, which review outstanding contributions to the global shipping community.

Maritime Lawyer of the Year recognises the individual or firm that has demonstrated exceptional legal service to the shipping industry and been instrumental in notable cases, restructuring, dispute resolution or finance.

With 13 years’ experience, Michael is a leading figure in the firm’s marine and energy sector and has been recognised by Lloyd’s due to his influence and achievement in international regulation, the prevention of casualty and the creation of opportunities for the industry.

Michael regularly comments on a number of cutting-edge marine issues concerning the global market, including international pollution, regulatory reviews and renewable energy. His work on risk, opportunity and best practice in the Arctic and Antarctic in particular has contributed to these issues being moved to the forefront of industry and governmental agenda. In August 2014 Michael was invited by the US Navy and US space agency NASA to assist their understanding of how satellite missions can reduce risk and enable safer navigation in Polar waters.

Lloyd’s List commented: “Michael Kingston stood out to our panel as someone who had contributed important work to an increasingly important area of regulation for shipping. His activity around the international safety regulations in the Arctic has helped produce an ice regime being considered for the Polar Code that will define maritime activity in this environmentally sensitive region.”

Michael is a partner in DWF’s 1000-strong insurance team, which covers areas such as commercial, fraud, motor, occupational health & casualty and professional indemnity. The firm supports clients in both the public and private sectors, including some of the UK's largest and well-known insurers, adjusters and corporates, such as Ageas, Aviva, Chubb, Hiscox, Inter Hannover, Markerstudy Group, QBE, RSA, Travelers and Zurich.