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Early Intervention

We have recently had our first experience with “early intervention” on a dispute where there was an issue as to whether and on what basis a contract was formed. This was only possible thanks to the efforts of our clients’ and our opponents’ insurers. The case settled without the need for each side to plead [...]

July 20th, 2018|

BDM celebrates 3 years!

It seems like 3 years has gone like a flash but we gathered recently to reflect on all that went into building BDM into what it is today - a leading shipping firm. Many thanks to the team that made it possible and to the clients that supported us. BDM is a specialist shipping [...]

July 16th, 2018|

BDM in Moscow

This was Nick’s twelfth time at the Ingosstrakh annual marine party. His first was in 2004! This year’s party was a wonderful cruise along the Moscow river. BDM have a long history with Ingosstrakh and with many leading Russian ship owners and trading companies. BDM is a specialist shipping law firm offering high quality [...]

July 10th, 2018|

LOIs and delivery to an agent – things to watch out for!

It is well known that, in most cases, delivering cargo without delivery up of an original bill is risky for the carrier.   Yet in today’s trading environment it is something that charterers require.  The tanker trade in particular works on the basis that terminals don’t wait for bills of lading and so ship owners are [...]

July 2nd, 2018|

BDM recognised by Best Lawyers

Nick and Bob are celebrating their tenth and eleventh consecutive years in Best Lawyers having made it into the 2019 list for Shipping and Insurance Law respectively.  Nick first appeared back in 2009 and Bob in 2008.  Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review so it’s a great compliment to receive endorsements [...]

June 29th, 2018|

Does one year time bar apply to a claim for misdelivery?

It was surprising to see a case on this in the High Court and it is testimony to the fact that lawyers do not lack imagination when it comes to legal argument*. In short however, David Foxton QC acting as deputy judge gave a pretty clear answer - yes it does, provided that the misdelivery [...]

June 27th, 2018|