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When is a guarantee not a guarantee?

Sadly, we see many cases where clients enter into charters on the assumption that their counterparty risk is guaranteed only to find out later that the “guarantee” is effectively worthless. Earlier this year the English Courts provided valuable guidance on how to apply the rules of construction when determining the [...]

2019-11-25T12:30:45+00:00November 25th, 2019|0 Comments

BDM Expands Again

In the last month, BDM has welcomed two new additions to the firm. Benita Cheung joins the firm as a Senior Associate. She has worked for several leading international maritime law firms. She specialises in shipping law, in particular contractual disputes arising under charterparties, bills of lading (including cargo claims), [...]

2019-11-19T12:06:23+00:00November 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Early Intervention

Our thanks go to North and Sea Mediation for arranging this well attended seminar on how early intervention can lead to quicker and better outcomes in legal disputes. Nick and Gabby attended alongside prominent names from the legal and P&I world. Maintaining good relations with our main competitors is important when [...]

2019-10-17T16:38:36+00:00October 17th, 2019|0 Comments

The importance of paying hire on time!

It seems that the days of tardy hire payments may be over, at least in some sectors where spot markets are booming and predicted to remain high. Tanker operators have for many years struggled to survive in a market where spot rates have long been below operational and finance costs. This [...]

2019-10-15T11:39:41+00:00October 15th, 2019|0 Comments

When does a document lose its privileged status?

According to a recent Court of Appeal decision(1) the answer is - until someone with appropriate authority waives privilege or statute provides for its disclosure. That is the case even if there is no-one in existence to waive privilege such that the document remains privileged forever! This issue came up in [...]

2019-10-10T10:26:26+00:00October 8th, 2019|0 Comments

BDM again ranked in The Legal 500

It is a pleasure to announce that our firm has once again been entered as a leading firm in the Legal 500 rankings for shipping law. Those interested can click here for the write up. Bob Deering, Nick Burgess and the team as a whole receive accolades whilst Gabrielle de Blaquiere, Emmy [...]

2019-10-02T11:38:46+00:00October 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

What happens when judges get it wrong?

It is disturbing to learn that judges sometimes miss key evidence. Having said that, it is good to know that the English legal system has appropriate checks and balances in place through the appeal system. In one recent case (1), the Court of Appeal reviewed a decision reached at first [...]

2019-09-24T13:25:46+00:00September 24th, 2019|0 Comments