Can marina operators limit liability under s.191 Merchant Shipping Act? Holyhead Marina Ltd v Farrer &ors [2020] EWHC 1750 (Admlty)

James Watthey appeared in this case before the Admiralty Judge involving a very rare dispute on the right in principle to limit under s.191. The case provides the only authority for the timebeing in English law on the main point in dispute: whether a marina is (or can in certain circumstances be) a “dock” for […]

7th July 2020

Freezing injunctions over ships: Crowther v Crowther & ors [2020] EWCA Civ 762

James Watthey appeared in this rare re-marriage (or perhaps collision) of the Divorce and Admiralty jurisdictions in the Court of Appeal. Mr and Mrs Crowther formerly ran a business which specialised in chartering out offshore support vessels but they are now in the process of heavily contested divorced proceedings. Mrs Crowther alleges that the couple […]

16th June 2020

Substituting a New Claimant After a Limitation Period Ends: AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick and RSA Insurance PLC

James Watthey recently appeared in an interesting procedural wrangle on CPR Part 19.5(3)(a) and (b) in AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick Roofing Ltd & Ors [2020] EWHC 943 (TCC). This is a TCC claim where proceedings had been commenced in the name of the wrong claimant, and an application was made to correct the error after […]

1st May 2020

James Watthey appointed to Council of the London Shipping Law Centre

We are pleased to announce that James Watthey has been appointed to the Council of the London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC) as of 1st July 2019. The LSLC is a centre of excellence in shipping law and delivers seminars and debates on maritime legal, commercial and technical issues. Supported by the judiciary, and generously hosted […]

2nd July 2019

James Watthey in “The Rejoice” [2019] EWHC 776 (Admlty): Duties of care to self-employed crew and Fundamental Dishonesty

The latest edition of our Maritime Bulletin features the case of Lambert v VJ Glover Ltd & Friday in which James Watthey acted for the successful skipper and owners of the MFV REJOICE, instructed by Keoghs LLP. The claim arose out of a serious injury to a share fisherman onboard a Brixham based scalloper. The […]

28th March 2019

‘Russian’ to Judgment: the English Court grapples with an arbitration clause in Russian

James Hatt comments on how the recent case of A Limited v B Limited [2018] EWHC 1370 (Comm) illustrates the complications that can arise when a contract is not expressed in clear English – or in clear Russian. The case was a s.67 application in which James Watthey of 4 Pump Court acted for the […]

18th July 2018

James Watthey in the “The Alhani”: The Hague Rules time bar applies to “wrongful misdelivery” claims

In this case, in James Watthey (led by Stephen Kenny QC and instructed by E.G. Arghyrakis & Co) appeared, the Commercial Court finally answered one of the most important and long-standing points of controversy on the application of the Hague Rules: does the time bar in Article III Rule 6 apply to a claim for […]

22nd June 2018

Vitol SA v Beta Renowable Group [2017] EWHC 1734 (Comm) 7th July 2017

Mrs Justice Carr has handed down judgment in a biofuels trading dispute in which James Watthey acted for the successful buyers, Vitol. Vitol contracted to buy 4500MT of “UCOME” biofuel from Beta, FOB Bilbao. They also hedged on the gasoil futures market. Unfortunately, after two agreed extensions, Beta confirmed that they would not be able […]

12th July 2017

Jurisdictional Challenge Defeated in US$20m Ship Finance Dispute

James Watthey successfully represented the Bank of Baroda and Bank of India in a jurisdictional battle in a US$20m ship finance dispute concerning an important point of principle for the international finance community. The bank had executed against various secured assets in India under the Indian “SARFAESI Act” and also sued in the Commercial Court […]

7th December 2016

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