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Making without prejudice (save as to costs) offers

This article looks at the pitfalls of negotiating a settlement and how best to increase your chances of avoiding being ordered to pay your opponent’s costs. Sometimes resort to the courts or arbitration is unavoidable. Fortunately for clients’ pockets, and a solicitor’s blood pressure, this is quite a rare event. One factor that encourages parties […]

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SCOPIC wording offers protection for salvage contractors   »

Salvors prefer rich pickings. Where, however, a ship has a low damaged value, and where there is no valuable cargo on board that can be saved, there is little to incentivise a salvor to undertake a rescue operation. In the past, if the vessel grounded on or sank off the more remote shorelines of the […]

How a lack of class can be costly   »

Having recently ourselves settled a case involving a tug that had fallen out of class shortly before the incident in question, it was interesting to see that such a case has recently found its way from an arbitration award to the Court of Appeal in London. It is seldom the case (and was not in […]

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Girting – Communication is vital   »

This article argues that over-reliance on the ability of a tug and its crew to be able to prevent the vessel from capsizing is common to many incidents. Girting – Communication is vital I have not been on board a girting tug, nor want to be. I do know that when a yacht broaches in high […]

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Tatham & Co joins Maritime London

  Marking the firm’s support for Maritime London, on 4 September Simon Tatham presented a paper on legal services to delegates invited by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade. Taking place at the Baltic Exchange, this was one of many meetings organised around London International Shipping Week and was coordinated by Maritime London. Presenting […]

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Stephen Askins’ Webinar on tanker security in the new ‘tanker wars’   »

Stephen Askins along with Intertanko’s Phillip Belcher, UK Chamber of Shipping’s David Balston, BIMCO’s Jakob Larsen engaged in candid discussion on present and future tanker safety and security issues in the wake of the Stena Impero and Grace 1 seizures. Topics discussed: The threat. Implications for ports who choose to receive Adrian Darya 1 (ex-Grace 1). […]

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Iran undertakes not to let Grace 1 cargo be delivered to EU Sanctioned entity

Iran undertakes not to let Grace 1 cargo be delivered to EU Sanctioned entity. Confusion surrounds the last minute US intervention in the Grace 1 case. The matter came back before the Supreme Court today under the Gibraltar sanctions legislation. Th eSupreme Court seems to have suggested that no application was made (or at least […]

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Could BMP 5 and the use of a citadel have prevented the capture of the Stena Impero?   »

The UK Sunday papers rightly are questioning why “we” wern’t prepared for the Iranian reaction to the detention of the Grace 1 (language matters here – Gibraltar have lawfully “detained” the Grace 1 and Iran have unlawfully “captured” the Stena Impero). There is no legal equivalence between the two events. Indeed Lawrence Freeman asks the […]

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Grace 1 – Gibraltar passes new law to seize ship and exposes “British” tankers to reciprocal action by Iran   »

Image Source: https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/panama-says-it-cut-iran-oil-tanker-from-boat-registry-after-terrorism-alert The reaction of the Iranian government to the boarding of the Grace 1off Gibraltar has been swift and direct reciprocal action has been threatened against “British” ships. Whether that is British flagged as opposed to British managed or operated ships, is unclear. But in the light of the recent attacks on tankers in […]

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