Webinar: Expert Evidence in Maritime Cases – London Shipping Law Centre

On Thursday 9th December, The London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC) in association with MFB welcomes members and other commercial professionals to the centre’s 12th webinar in its 2021 global webinar series; Expert Evidence in Maritime Disputes. This session will be about how to deal effectively with expert evidence – whether facing “Hercule Poirot” or a […]

Alexander Wright successful for charterers in Eternal Bliss appeal on exclusivity of demurrage as damages for delay in cargo operations

In an important judgment of the Court of Appeal handed down today, Alexander Wright (led by Christopher Hancock QC of 20 Essex Street) has successfully appealed the decision of Andrew Baker J in The “Eternal Bliss” [2020] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 419.  That decision concerned whether or not the payment of demurrage was an exclusive remedy […]

18th November 2021

LSLC Webinar – Negotiating contracts: “subject to” conditions and battles of the forms

4 Pump Court will be hosting ‘Negotiating contracts: “subject to” conditions and battles of the form’ LSLC webinar chaired by Judge of the Commercial Court, The Hon. Mr Justice Foxton. Kajetan Wandowicz will be speaking alongside Catherine Jago and Max Beckett, Consultants at CJH Energy and Alex McIntosh, Partner at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. Specific […]

Limitation of liability: the Court of Appeal rules that a marina is a “dock” and can limit liability

Holyhead Marina Ltd v Farrer & ors [2021] EWCA Civ 1585 Overnight on 1 – 2 March 2018, Holyhead Marina was destroyed by Storm Emma, leading to the total loss of 89 vessels moored on the floating pontoons from which the marina was constructed. The total claim value was in the region of £5 million […]

3rd November 2021

Galtrade Ltd v BP Oil International Limited [2021] EWHC 1796 (Comm)

The recent decision of Adrian Beltrami QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court) provides useful guidance on the classification of the term that fuel oil must comply with contractual specifications, and addresses novel issues surrounding the calculation of damages for reliance loss and the use of counterfactuals where mitigating steps are taken […]

1st September 2021

London International Shipping Week 2021

London International Shipping Week logo 2021

London International Shipping Week 2021 is a week long global shipping and maritime event that is being held during the week of September 13-17, in person and virtually, attracting audiences from jurisdictions globally. LISW21 offers over 150 industry functions and unique networking opportunities for leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry – regulators, charterers, […]

Who’s Who Legal Rankings 2021

We are delighted to have been ranked in the Who’s Who Legal 2021 Guides. Those below have been recognised for their expertise in the following areas: Arbitration Nicholas Vineall QC – National Guide Rachel Ansell QC – National Guide Civil Fraud Nigel Tozzi QC – National Leader Construction Sean Brannigan QC – Global Guide and […]

4th June 2021

Armstead v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company Limited: Case Note

A recent decision in a lower court, now possibly on its way to the Court of Appeal, has opened up interesting legal questions on the extent of a negligent party’s liability in bailment and tort for damage to hired equipment. Legal argument in a two day appeal hearing, in front of Recorder Benson QC sitting […]

19th April 2021

Maritime Bulletin – Argos Pereira Espana SL & anor v Athenian Marine Ltd (mv “Frio Dolphin”)

Alexander Wright succeeds in first case establishing a right of equitable compensation against a subrogated insurer bringing foreign proceedings contrary to a forum clause. The Commercial Court has today handed down its judgment in the important case of Argos Pereira Espana SL & anor v Athenian Marine Ltd (mv “Frio Dolphin”) [2021] EWHC 554 (Comm).  […]

10th March 2021

Chambers Global Rankings 2021

4 Pump Court is delighted to be recognised in the 2021 edition of Chambers Global. Our barristers have been described as ‘fantastic litigators’ and ‘skilled cross-examiners’, supported by a ‘stellar’ clerking team. Members of Chambers have been ranked in the following areas: Construction Dispute Resolution: Commercial Dispute Resolution (UAE): The English Bar Energy & Natural […]

18th February 2021

The Tai Prize: the Court of Appeal issues important new judgment on implied indemnities in charterparties

The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in the Tai Prize in which James Leabeater QC and Rani Noakes appeared for the appellant disponent owners and Alex Wright appeared for the respondent voyage charterers. The Court of Appeal complimented counsel on both sides for having made their written and oral submissions “with considerable […]

28th January 2021

Farrer v Holyhead Marina goes to the Court of Appeal

On 11th January 2021, the Court of Appeal granted permission to appeal from the decision of Teare J in Farrer v. Holyhead Marina [2020] EWHC 1750 (Admlty) in which it was ruled that a marina constituted a “dock” for the purposes of section 191 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 and that the marina operators […]

11th January 2021

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