In-person Conference

Shipping Law & Practice 2024: Shaping New Developments into Solution-Focused Advice for your Clients

Court-Proven, Solution-Focused Answers to the 7 Biggest Legal Matters Facing Experienced Practitioners: Directly from Top-Rated KCs and Solicitors

5 hours CPD

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  • Live attendance at The Caledonian Club, London on 23/04/2024
  • Information you won't find elsewhere

    Our experts talk under Chatham House Rule, so you get the best, most readily usable information they wouldn't share elsewhere


  1. 09:30

    Registration and coffee

  2. 10:00

    Chair's Introduction

    Shipping Law & Practice: Shaping new developments into solution-focused advice 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. 10:10

    New shipping emissions regs

    How will the regulations be used and enforced in practice and impact on commonly used terms included in contracts such as charterparties?

    Answered by David Bailey KC

    David is “a genius both with the law and with clients.” He is a particularly effective advocate who always has the ear of the court or tribunal.” High profile cases include The Alexandros T in the Supreme Court.

  4. 10:45


    What are the unresolved arguments over demurrage following the settlement of The Eternal Bliss litigation, and where will the challenges come from?

    Answered by Neil Hart KC

    Neil is a “supremely effective advocate, tactician and team player.” He acted for victims of the Beirut Port Explosion of 4 August 2020 and is an editor of Arnould’s Law of Marine Insurance and Average.

  5. 11:20

    Morning Coffee

  6. 11:35

    Red Sea crisis

    To what extent can shipowners lawfully refuse to sail via the Red Sea and divert their vessels to other routes and with what implications for client advice?

    Answered by John Russell KC

    John acted in The CMA CGM LIBRA litigation, Volcafe and The Pacific Voyager. "He sees through the fog, identifies the key issues, provides excellent advice and is a Shipping Silk of the Year."

  7. 12:10


    What is the latest judicial thinking on the application of the Hague Visby rules to misdelivery claims following The Giant Ace [2023] litigation?

    Answered by Sean O'Sullivan KC

    Sean is "one of the most outstanding commercial barristers at the Bar." He acted for a shipowner in a dispute over the operation of a force majeure clause. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.

  8. 12:45


  9. 13:00


  10. 13:45

    Certainty v pragmatism

    How far can you push the boundaries of force majeure and reasonable endeavours following MUR Shipping BV v RTI Ltd [2022] EWCA and the latest decisions in the lower courts?

    Answered by James Leabeater KC

    James is "an absolute star for all things shipping, ferociously intelligent, with the best of judgment and real courage in his convictions." He acted in the hotly contested Tai Prize [2021] litigation.

  11. 14:20

    Star Antares [2023]

    What is realistic and achievable in General Average claims following the Star Antares [2023] litigation and the negotiation of contracts of carriage, insurance contracts, bonds and guarantees?

    Answered by Chirag Karia KC

    Chirag acted in the Star Antares [2023] litigation and many other leading cases. "His grasp of the law and deep understanding of technical legal areas is second to none." “His advice is invaluable.”

  12. 14:55


    How are you to support client objectives over sanctions? What are the requirements and the related risks?

    Answered by Sara Masters KC

    Sara is "hugely experienced in the international arbitration field, both as counsel and arbitrator." Her arbitrations have covered shipping and commodities, ship-building, jurisdiction etc.

  13. 15:30


  14. 16:00

    Close of conference