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BDM listed as leading practitioners in Who’s Who Legal

Nick and Bob made it into the Who’s Who list of leading shipping and maritime lawyers for yet another year. Thanks to all the clients and peers who recommended us. For those interested please click here to view our page. BDM is a specialist shipping law firm offering high quality legal [...]

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Russian blockade of Kerch Strait causing legal problems

We received new instructions today from a Ukrainian ship owner whose vessel is one of many blocked by Russian authorities at the Kerch Strait. The situation is fluid as there is little in the way of information from the Russian authorities. The UK Club has also released a useful update [...]

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Arresting for security for a maritime claim in England? Court confirms there’s no need to post counter-security

The Court, in Natwest Markets plc v. Stallion Eight Shipping & Co S.A. [2018] EWHC 2033 (The “Alkyon”), recently re-considered the longstanding principle under English law that those with a maritime claim need not post counter-security for an arrest. The facts of the case are not of any particular interest. [...]

November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Another Ambiguous Arbitration Clause

A v B – QBD (Comm Ct) (Phillips J) [2018] EWHC 1370 (Comm) – 13 April 2018 The Commercial Court recently had cause to consider a Russian language Arbitration Clause in an Asbatankvoy charterparty which it was alleged provided for LCIA as opposed to ad hoc arbitration. It was also [...]

November 7th, 2018|0 Comments

BDM ranked in The Legal 500

We are delighted to announce that our firm gets a mention once again in this year’s Legal 500. Those interested can click here for the write up. Bob Deering, Nick Burgess and David McInnes all receive accolades and Gabrielle de Blaquiere and Emmy Ameloot are mentioned as key contacts. BDM [...]

October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Preparing for an LOF appeal in the wake of the Flag Mette?

The recent decision from Teare J in The Flag Mette (Navigator Spirit SA –v- Five Oceans Salvage SA (The “FLAG METTE”) [2018] EWHC 1108 (Comm)) has caused those of us in the Admiralty world to think carefully about how we deal with future salvage appeals. The appeal arbitrator Mr Jeremy Russell QC [...]

October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Legal privilege – what is it and why is it important?

As shipping lawyers, we often end up dealing with casualties or circumstances where something has gone wrong. That inevitably leads to the need for an investigation. It is vital to ensure that any such investigation and/or investigations are carefully managed to protect the clients’ interests.  In one recent case, we [...]

October 24th, 2018|0 Comments