The UK Defence Club is the leading and most influential provider of legal costs insurance to the maritime industry. In uncertain times, we give shipowners and operators the confidence that, if a dispute arises, they will have support for legal and related costs as well as in managing any litigation that arises.
The value of comprehensive legal costs insurance cannot be underestimated.
The sad and unfortunate armed conflict in Ukraine will inevitably have a significant impact on shipping and trade, giving rise to contractual issues under charterparties and other commercial agreements. Our dedicated Ukraine Issues page contains FAQs, updates, and guidance regarding the developing situation.
The IMO has mapped out an ambitious pathway towards a carbon neutral industry. The ultimate goal is worthy, but there are likely to be disruptions and challenges along the way that make it important for all stakeholders to plan and prepare in order for it to succeed.
The Chairman has recently taken the opportunity to look back over the past year and also ahead to 2022 in a short publication "What makes us Different." In this publication he reflects on what what makes us different from our competitors and what it is that makes this Club so unique.
The recent experiences of 2020 have brought bunker quality issues into the limelight. This publication seeks to give Members a comprehensive guide to dealing with these complex disputes.
The current state of the market has resulted in an increased focus on the sale and purchase of second-hand ships. These transactions can, however, be fraught with potential pitfalls for both buyer and seller alike.