Successfully acted on behalf of buyers of gas oil in a sale of goods case to strike out a demurrage claim made against them on the grounds that it was time barred, in circumstances where the demurrage provisions were incorporated from a charterparty – Glencore Energy (UK) Ltd v Sonol Israel Ltd (The “Team Anmaj”) .
Advised in relation to the loss of The Ocean Victory at Kashima port, Japan and safe port warranties in charterparties, and whether demise charterers could be liable to shipowners for breach of a safe port warranty – The Ocean Victory .
Acted for cargo insurers in a dispute with vessel owners following the hijack of the vessel by pirates in Somalia, which was at the time one of the highest known ransoms paid to Somalian pirates. Advised clients in respect of the piracy event and the ensuing general average dispute and negotiating settlement.
Advised cargo insurers in relation to the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, the biggest shipping collapse in modern times, and the consequent effect on cargo policies and cargo recoveries.
Successfully acted on behalf of defendant owners, opposing an application to set aside a successful arbitration award on grounds of serious irregularity, following a finding by the arbitrator of a breach by the claimant charterers of an unsafe berth warranty in a charterparty – A v B .