26 October 2004 LAWFUEL – Law firm, law, legal, attorney, shipping law newsDLA is pleased to announce that it has recruited shipping litigation lawyer, Michael Kim, from Richards Butler. Michael, who joins DLA as a partner, was deputy head of Richards Butler’s Korea group and established close links with the Korean market in shipping and other areas, including corporate and banking. Michael will head up DLA’s Korea group working with other lawyers with links with Korean contacts and alongside the firm’s Asian offices.
In addition to his role in the Korea Group, Michael advises on a wide range of shipping litigation matters including charterparty, shipbuilding, sale and purchase, marine insurance and lading disputes. He has also developed a practice in general arbitration work related to commercial and contractual disputes in the Korean market.
Michael Kim is one of the first Koreans to qualify as a solicitor in England. He first graduated from the Korean Maritime University and then spent three years as a navigating officer for Hanjin Shipping. Following this, Michael graduated in law from Cardiff University and on qualification joined Richards Butler in 1998.
“I am delighted that we have been able to recruit Michael. He is an excellent marine lawyer, in addition to which he has developed an impressive and substantial practice in the past six years. He will be a valuable addition to our shipping practice and to the firm as a whole with such strong links with Asia. It is clear that he is held in high regard by some significant players in Korea and he is ideally placed to generate more new business in this growing market,” said David Gray, Head of Litigation at DLA.
Michael, who will be based in DLA’s London office, will work closely with shipping partner Mike Pollen and other lawyers from DLA’s network of offices in Asia and will also help to strengthen the firm’s corporate and finance offerings.
Mike Pollen said: “Michael’s market knowledge is impressive and as one of the first Koreans to qualify as a solicitor in England, he will really help to strengthen our shipping practice here in the UK and internationally.”
Michael’s appointment will follow that of Ed Turner, who is set to join the London shipping team from Stephenson Harwood as an associate on 1 November. Ed has over 10 years’ shipping litigation and arbitration experience in the UK and the rest of Europe. He has acted for P&I clubs, cargo interests, ship managers, owners and charterers, as well as shipyards and super yacht purchasers. He has particular expertise in handling tanker and oil disputes.
These appointments are part of the team’s strategic push to grow the shipping team from its London office. Further appointments are due to follow.