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A key difference between litigating a claim in the English High Court and resolving a claim in arbitration is the court’s power to impose sanctions on a party for failing to comply with its orders. This article looks at how the court’s powers work and how witnesses and parties can avoid falling foul of the rules and ending up in contempt of court, suffering court punishment and reputational damage. Podcast also available. 

The Commercial Court has recently handed down a useful judgment providing guidance regarding the circumstances in which it will award security for costs where claimants are domiciled out of the jurisdiction. We take the opportunity to remind Members of the principles involved. Podcast also available. 

There is a wind of change in the shipping industry as business and political leaders recognise and respond to the climate crisis. Decarbonisation and sustainability are now core considerations in the future of the sector. Podcast also available. 

Ever Given refloated The grounded containership Ever Given has been re-floated and the backlog of traffic is now working its way through the Canal, anticipated to be cleared within a few days. Although there are nevertheless delays, disruption and disputes for the numerous waiting ships and  those that chose to divert around the Cape of Good Hope, the overall impact of the incident has undoubtedly been minimised by the relatively prompt re-floating. Members are invited to contact the Club as usual with any queries or issues arising due to this incident.

In response to the recent military coup in Burma, the US has imposed sanctions and property blocking orders against certain parties involved in “the assault on Burma’s transition to democracy”. Podcast also available.


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