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

Choppy Waters: Navigating Claims Against Insolvent Counterparties

Our second involvency based webinar will be held on 9th June at 09:30 – 10:30 BST. The session will focus on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the bulk carrier market in the context of a practical scenario where several of a Shipyard’s customers have gone in to insolvent liquidation. Event Chair Stephen Cogley […]

UK Government’s “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour” – toothless for now, but laying foundations for further measures

On 7 May 2020, the Government published a document entitled “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the COVID-19 emergency” (the “guidance”). In this short article, Sean Brannigan QC and Kajetan Wandowicz summarise the guidance, and discuss its potential implications for commercial parties. It was prepared jointly by the Cabinet Office and […]

12th May 2020

New Construction and Shipbuilding Case Update: Prevention Principle and Delay Notices

Construction and Shipbuilding Case Alert: prevention principle; delay and extension of time notices – Jiangsu Guoxin Corp v Precious Shipping Public Co Ltd [2020] EWHC 1030 (Comm) A noteworthy judgment considering (1) the prevention principle, and (2) notice requirements for extensions of time under amended SAJ form shipbuilding contracts was handed down by Butcher J on 30 April 2020. 4 […]

30th April 2020

Maritime Bulletin – State of the Market, February 2020

Club renewal time provides a useful time to review the state of the market, and to compare what commentaries say with our own experience. 2020 IMO Low Sulphur has been the long tail news item. Owners are facing increased costs of compliance, whichever route they have decided to take for their vessels. There are reports […]

25th February 2020

Maritime Bulletin – Infectious diseases and shipping contracts

With recent news events in mind, owners, charterers, shippers and cargo interests might well find themselves wondering what their rights and obligations are when it comes to viral infections in ports and amongst crew. There is currently little sign that the recent outbreak of coronavirus will have much, if any, widespread effect on shipping affairs. […]

11th February 2020

Chambers Global Rankings 2020

4 Pump Court is delighted to be recognised in the latest edition of Chambers Global 2020. Our barristers have been described as ‘truly excellent’ and as ‘phenomenal advocates’, supported by an ‘incredibly commercial’ clerking team. Our barristers have been ranked in the following areas: Commercial Dispute Resolution Construction Dispute Resolution: United Arab Emirates Energy & […]

18th February 2020

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 Rankings

4 Pump Court is delighted that Members of Chambers have been recognised for their work in the Asia Pacific region by the Legal 500 Guide 2020. Those ranked in the guide are: Commercial Christopher Moger QC Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Sean Brannigan QC John Rowland QC Shipping & Commodities Nicholas Vineall QC Sean O’Sullivan QC […]

17th January 2020

Nominations for the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce that 4 Pump Court has been nominated for nine awards at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020 both as a set and individual members. Our nominations are: Construction & Energy: Set of the Year IP, IT & Media: Set of the Year Shipping: Set of the Year International Arbitration: Silk […]

27th November 2019

Chambers & Partners 2020 Rankings

4 Pump Court are delighted to be recognised in the latest edition of Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2020. Our barristers have been described as ‘precise, detail-led’ and ‘top-notch overall’, supported by an ‘incredibly commercial’ clerking team, providing a ‘consistently excellent service’. Chambers and Partners have ranked 4 Pump Court in the following areas: Commercial […]

10th October 2019

4 Pump Court sponsoring 10th edition of Shipping and the Law conference

4 Pump Court are delighted to be sponsoring the 10th edition of Shipping and the Law on 9th and 10th October 2019. The two day conference will bring together some of the most influential key players from the shipping industry to focus on this year’s theme of “The Shock of the New and the Human […]

30th September 2019

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