We are all very pleased to welcome Elli to the team. Elli was previously at West of England and joins us as a trainee solicitor. BDM is a specialist shipping law firm offering high quality legal advice and representation at a reasonable price. Please follow us on social [...]
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It’s not often we find ourselves commenting on construction cases, but one recent case (1) is a reminder of the benefits of making an early claimants’ Part 36 offer. Firstly, a reminder of what Part 36 offers are for those of you who might not be familiar with them. These [...]
Nick and Emmy are just back from Tokyo where they were visiting clients and, amongst other things, attending the annual Univership party. This event is well attended by ship owners from all over Japan. We enjoyed a boat trip with sushi, tempura, beer, sake and karaoke. Many thanks to all our friends [...]
Should a General Average Guarantee bind the party issuing it irrespective of fault for the event giving rise to it?
That was the question in a recent Commercial Court case (1). Is the defence of actionable fault under Rule D of the York-Antwerp Rules available to an insurer under a general average guarantee in the AAA/ILU standard form? Rule D is designed to keep the issue of fault outside the [...]
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 [...]
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), [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]