Shipping Disputes: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Your Clients

  • Thursday, 2nd May 2019
  • The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
  • 5 hrs CPD

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Answers to 11 thorny questions: Directly from 8 QCs, Senior Juniors and Solicitors

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

    Shipping disputes: Shaping new law into solution-focused answers for your clients

    Chaired by: David Pitlarge of Hill Dickinson

    David is a "fantastic" shipping lawyer. He has expertise in both wet and dry shipping matters covering maritime casualties, charter parties and shipbuilding contracts.

  3. Volcafe litigation

    Which grey areas and unresolved arguments remain after the Volcafe litigation, in relation to the burden of proof and the defence of inherent vice?

    Answered by: Sean O'Sullivan QC

    Sean is “an absolute star: thoughtful, assiduous and a case winner.” He acted in a dispute between a Greek shipowner and an LNG trader about seaworthiness obligations.

  4. Risk allocation

    Does the "Pacific Voyager" litigation mark the demise of the Monroe v Ryan doctrine, on the allocation of risk before a vessel enters into its chartered service?

    Answered by: Steven Berry QC

    Steven is a "brilliant trial lawyer and strategist" who is "venerated" for his shipping practice. He is particularly skilled in charter party, marine insurance and bill of lading disputes.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Bunker claims

    To what extent are Charterers under a T/C required to provide bunkers in reliance on/ accordance with the engine specification in the C/P?

    Answered by: Michael Collett QC

    Michael is "absolutely first-rate and very good to deal with on insurance disputes." He acted in the 'Golden Endurance' dispute about where a cargo claim should be decided.

  7. Dishonesty

    With the Brillante Virtuoso litigation bubbling away, when does dishonesty forfeit an otherwise valid marine insurance claim?

    Answered by: Sara Masters QC

    Sara is “a brilliant silk for shipping; very good with complex, technical cases.” She acted in Glencore v MSC, a follow-on case concerning liability for container demurrage.

  8. Overrun

  9. Lunch

  10. Bills of Lading

    In the spotlight of The Sea Master, when are Finance Banks subject to arbitral jurisdiction under Bills of Lading they no longer hold?

    Is there any wriggle room?

    Answered by: Chirag Karia QC

    Chirag is "one of the most effective shipping barristers at the bar - he produces superb results." He is joint editor of “Butterworths Commercial Court and Arbitration Pleadings.”

  11. Deviating carriers

    The Sur and deviating carriers: same-old same-old – or watch this space?

    Where is the law moving?

    Answered by: Professor Charles Debattista

    Charles is “a star junior who would be recommended among any group at any set.” He acted in Thunderbird v Wellgrain, a complex case arising from soybean shipments.

  12. Delay claims

    Drawing on the Global Santosh decision, who bears the risk of delay caused by arrest or a loss of markets claim? Is it merely a matter of drafting?

    Answered by: Robert Bright QC

    Robert is "one of the best silks around - phenomenally intelligent - with an exceptional reputation for his advocacy." He appeared in NatWest Markets plc v Stallion Eight Shipping Co.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who’s Who Legal or Legal 500

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