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Smart decision: clarifying an owner’s unfettered right to intercept freight

Welcome clarity on an owner’s unfettered entitlement to freight has been received in a judgment handed down recently by the Commercial Court. The decision overturned a finding in London arbitration and will be welcome news to owners seeking security for their claims. Podcast by Oliver Goosens


Implication of Terms – Two Recent Judgments

Two recent Commercial Court judgments have considered the implication of contractual terms, with notably differing outcomes. The question of whether or not a term can be implied into a contract often gives rise to dispute, so we welcome this opportunity to consider the principles relating to implied terms in the context of these two recent examples. Podcast by Philippa Langton.


MOOKDA NAREE: The importance of carefully worded capture, seizure, arrest clauses

The recent Commercial Court decision in Navision Shipping A/S v. Precious Pearls Ltd and Conti Lines Shipping NV v. Navision Shipping A/S (m.v. Mookda Naree) [2021] EWHC 558 (Comm) tackles issues relating to off-hire during a period of arrest. The judgment demonstrates how a minor difference in the wording of an arrest clause can have a significant impact on the hire position. Podcast by Laura Star.


LMAA terms and procedures revised

The London Maritime Arbitrators Association (“LMAA”) has recently updated its terms of procedure. The new terms came into effect on 1st May, 2021 and apply to arbitrations started on or after that date.


Sanctions update: Belarus

OFAC has announced that sanctions on certain Belarusian entities are to be imposed following a 45 day wind-down period.


US sanctions against Russian “harmful activities”

On 15th April, 2021, the US took multiple sanctions actions targeting “aggressive and harmful activities by the Government of the Russian Federation” under a new Executive Order (“EO”).


Green Shipping – The Green Transition: an overview

The IMO has mapped out an ambitious pathway towards a carbon neutral industry. In this podcast, the first in our “Green Shipping” series, we outline the various stages that lie ahead and anticipate some of the practical and contractual challenges for our Members.


Dangers of ‘disorderly’ conduct: consequences of not complying with court orders

In this podcast, we look at the court’s powers to impose sanctions on a party for failing to comply with its orders, how those powers work and how witnesses and parties can avoid falling foul of the rules and ending up in contempt of court.


Security for costs: Pisante v Logothetis

This podcast discusses the recent judgment of the English Commercial Court in Pisante v Logothetis in relation to a security for costs application. The judgment provides useful guidance regarding the circumstances in which the court will award security for costs where claimants are domiciled out of the jurisdiction.


Sanctions update – Burmese military coup

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”.


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