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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. There was a dispute under [...]

November 14th, 2018|

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 decided that when parties appoint [...]

November 7th, 2018|

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 is a specialist shipping law [...]

October 31st, 2018|

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 (a man known for his [...]

October 26th, 2018|

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 represented clients faced with a [...]

October 24th, 2018|

How to make sure you incorporate all of the Inter Club Agreement provisions into your charter

Those who follow us may have seen our take on a recent arbitration decision where the security provisions of the 2011 Inter Club Agreement were not incorporated. Basically the incorporation words in the charter were deemed not extensive enough. This has caused some concern for the International Group of P&I Clubs. They have now responded with [...]

October 16th, 2018|