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Supreme Court puts burden of proof on the carrier in cargo claims

It’s not usual to see a cargo claim go all the way to the Supreme Court. Most cargo claims are settled well before they get to Court. However, from time to time, the facts giving rise to the claim raise important legal principles. One such case is Volcafe v CSAV(1) which started out as a [...]

December 12th, 2018|

BDM listed as leading practitioners in Who’s Who Legal

Nick and Bob made it into the Who’s Who list of leading shipping and maritime lawyers for yet another year. Thanks to all the clients and peers who recommended us. For those interested please click here to view our page. BDM is a specialist shipping law firm offering high quality legal advice and representation at a [...]

November 30th, 2018|

Russian blockade of Kerch Strait causing legal problems

We received new instructions today from a Ukrainian ship owner whose vessel is one of many blocked by Russian authorities at the Kerch Strait. The situation is fluid as there is little in the way of information from the Russian authorities. The UK Club has also released a useful update on their website and you [...]

November 29th, 2018|

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|