• Fair Stood the Wind for France – or at least a change of direction has taken place on bunker arrests there

    There is no doubt that France has long been considered an arrest friendly jurisdiction. Associated ship arrests are possible and French domestic law is almost unlimited when it comes to the types of claim which can give rise to the right to arrest. French law also permits an arrest of bunkers for an almost limitless […]

  • The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (the “MLC 2006”) – A shield for seafarers or a sword against ship owners?

    The stated aim of the MLC 2006 is to set out “the minimum working and living rights for seafarers”. While it is intended to be a “shield”, protecting the rights of seafarers, there is the very real threat of the MCA using the MLC 2006 as a sword to detain a ship owner’s vessel for […]

  • Commercial Court construes GA security as “on-demand guarantee” triggered by issue of adjustment

    In a recent Commercial Court decision arising from the grounding of the MV “MAERSK NEUCHATEL”1 off Ghana in 2007, it was decided that a LOU issued by Maersk as security for cargo’s contribution in GA obliged Maersk to pay the full amount stated in the adjustment despite there being a dispute over the amount legally […]

  • Mediation: What are your expectations?

    We are all aware that litigation and arbitration can be costly, time-consuming and confrontational, with parties frequently going their separate ways never to do business with each other again. We also know that mediation offers an alternative, as a way to try and settle the dispute where control of the outcome is firmly in the […]

  • “Functus officio” and section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996

    Sun United Maritime Ltd v Kasteli Marine Inc (The “Imme”) [2014] EWHC 1476 (Comm) Arbitration Act 1996, section 67 – Scope – Challenging an arbitral award for lack of substantive jurisdiction – Disputed settlement on costs. The Imme: The Facts Sun United (the charterers) and Kasteli (the owners) had been involved in an LMAA arbitration […]

  • 15 Sep 14

    Brazilian Reinsurance Roundtable


    Thomas Cooper LLP in association with Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados are co-hosting a Brazilian Business Interruption Reinsurance Roundtable. The roundtable will focus on common issues to large energy, property (including business interruption), marine and construction losses in Brazil in view of the relevant contractual features in Brazilian insurance and reinsurance contracts.

  • 16 Sep 14

    Brazilian Marine Casualty Roundtable


    Thomas Cooper LLP in association with Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados are co-hosting a Brazilian Marine Casualty roundtable which will focus on the legal exposure of marine casualties in Brazil.

  • Shipping & Trade Law “Functus officio” Case Update

    George Lambrou and Dimitris Anassis have co-written a Case Update on “Functus officio” and Section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 which is featured in the July/August 2014 issue of Shipping & Trade Law.

  • Trade & Commodity Specialist Alex Monk joins Thomas Cooper LLP

    International law firm, Thomas Cooper, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Monk to its Finance Group. Alex has a wide finance experience with a particular focus on trade and commodity finance acting for banks, financial institutions and corporates. Alex’s practice will cover European transactions and emerging markets, with emphasis on Africa and Latin […]

  • The Closure of Crimean Ports and its effect on Employment Orders

    A press release issued by the Ukranian Government on 7 July 2014 stipulates that the Crimean ports of Evpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Theodosia and Yalta shall be closed to international shipping. The closure, ordered by Directive No. 255 “On Closure of Sea Ports”, will come into force when the Directive is officially published on the expected date […]