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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 has led to legal issues [...]

October 15th, 2019|

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 the context of an application [...]

October 8th, 2019|

OFAC imposes sanctions against Chinese controlled shipping companies.

On 25th September the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added a number entities to the list of Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) after being found by OFAC to meet the criteria for the imposition of Iran-related sanctions. Executive Order (“E.O.”) 13846. E.O. 13846, which was issued in August 2018, provides [...]

October 3rd, 2019|

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 Ameloot and Angus Edgell are [...]

October 2nd, 2019|

BDM attend the 2019 Shipping Golf Tournament at the Villa Carolina.

David and Gabrielle were pleased to attend the 2019 Shipping Golf Tournament on 7th September at the Villa Carolina, 40 miles north of Genoa. This tournament, which was first held in 1994, is a one day golf and social event bringing together people from marine insurance companies, P&I clubs, insurance brokers, legal firms and shipowners. [...]

September 30th, 2019|

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 instance and ordered a re-trial [...]

September 24th, 2019|