Archie Bishop is a Solicitor both in England and Hong Kong, an Examiner in Admiralty and a former Senior Partner of Holman Fenwick Willan (1988 and 2000) with whom he is now a Consultant.
Trained aboard HMS Worcester he served 7 years as a deck officer with the P&O Line before joining the firm in 1960.
Throughout his legal career he specialised in collision, salvage, total loss and all other casualties to which his nautical expertise was of value. He has considerable experience in salvage claims, the investigation of large casualties, the resultant legal issues, choice and enforcement of appropriate jurisdiction, public enquiries and dealing with claims by government and local authorities concerning oil pollution, and has been involved in many leading cases.
He was the Legal Adviser to the International Salvage Union between 1982 and 2010, and in that capacity worked with the Legal Committee of IMO in the preparation of the Salvage Convention 1989; sat on the drafting committee of LOF and the Lloyds Salvage Group; played a leading role in the development of the SCOPIC Clause; chaired the SCOPIC Committee; and had responsibility for much of the legal documentation and contracts that effect the salvage industry.
He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator; a visiting lecturer and external examiner to the International Maritime Law Institute of Malta, and a frequent contributor and speaker at international conferences.
Michael J. Lacey’s career began in 1959, when he went to sea with Shaw Savill Line. In 1969 he left the sea with a foreign-going UK Master’s Certificate, and in the period to 1981, held positions in two firms of London solicitors specialising in marine law. Michael Lacey’s involvement in salvage and collision cases led to his association with the International Salvage Union. He represented the ISU at the meetings of the Lloyd’s Form Working Party which produced the salvage contract LOF 80. He was a member of the LOF Working Party until his retirement at the end of 2012.
In 1981 Michael joined United Towing Ltd, becoming Managing Director the following year. Michael Lacey became a member of the ISU Executive Committee in 1984. He was appointed Vice-President in 1990 and held that post until October 1992. He has represented the ISU at meetings of the International Maritime Organization’s Legal Committee and at the Diplomatic Conference which adopted the Salvage Convention, 1989. He also participated as a member of the Salvage Working Group.
In 1992, Michael Lacey left United Towing and resumed his legal career in London, still dealing with marine salvage. His association with the ISU continued, in the role of Special Adviser, and from 2006 to 2012 as Secretary General.
During his involvement with the ISU Michael Lacey participated in the drafting and introduction of the BIMCO International Towage Agreements, ‘TOWCON’ and ‘TOWHIRE’, as well as the Wreck Removal/Marine Services Agreements; ‘WRECKHIRE’, ‘WRECKSTAGE’ and ‘WRECKFIXED’.
Since retiring Michael Lacey has become a Consultant to the London marine law firm of Tatham Macinnes LLP.
Michael Lacey is a Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.