• New regulations for buy-to-let mortgage lending

    The implementation of the EU directive on credit agreements for consumers relating to residential property has been a matter of concern to the UK mortgage industry…

  • The Gherkin

    Prohibiting the prohibitions against invoice finance

    In December 2014, the Government published its latest consultation paper entitled, ‘Nullification of Ban on Invoice Assignment Clauses’…

  • Grounded on Bramble Banks – more than a shipping insurance case?

    The dramatic media coverage of the grounding of the car carrier Heogh Osaka on 3rd January off of Southampton would perhaps understandably have had many shipping…

  • The Insurance Act 2015

    This article summarises the reforms to the UK’s Insurance Law regime that will be introduced by the Insurance Act 2015. The forthcoming changes are significant and may affect anyone involved in the insurance market in any capacity, whether as insurer, broker or as an insured…

  • 04 Mar 15

    2015 Trade Finance Seminar: Across The Border


    Wednesday 4 March 2015 – Thomas Cooper are pleased to invite you to the 2015 Trade Finance seminar & reception from 5.15 pm – 8.30 pm…

  • Shipping Focus – New Year Edition

    Welcome to the 2015 New Year Edition of Shipping Focus, the e-update from Thomas Cooper’s Shipping Group, in which you can review the latest legal developments in your area of shipping and keep up to date with Thomas Cooper’s news and forthcoming events…

  • Jurisdiction and Arbitration clauses: The New Spanish Shipping Act

    The long expected Spanish Shipping Act –Ley 14/2014, de 24 de Julio, de Navegación Marítima– (hereinafter referred as “LNM”), finally came into force on 25 September 2014 after three separate attempts over the last twenty years. Its 524 articles cover all aspects of shipping law in depth, both private and public. Ultimately, it is expected […]

  • Spanish new regualtion on marine liability insurance

    by Bernardo Ruiz Lima and Victor Mata Introduction After many years of discussing drafts, the Spanish Navigation Act finally came into force on 25th September 2014. The Act fulfils the need of embodying, updating and harmonizing the dispersed Spanish maritime regulation, formerly mainly enacted in the Commercial Code dated 1885 but with many other spread […]

  • Can A Ship Owner Exclude His Right To Limit Liability By Contract?

    by Ben Browne By Section 185 and Schedule 7 Merchant Shipping Act 1995 pursuant to the Convention on Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 (“LLMC”) ship owners can limit their liability in respect of loss of life and personal injury, or loss of or damage to property occurring on board, claims in respect of loss resulting […]

  • “Putting one’s cards face upwards on the table”:

    by Mark Sachs and Hannah Brown “I respectfully suggest that the traditional English hostility towards a doctrine of good faith in the performance of contracts, to the extent it still persists, is misplaced”. So wrote Leggatt J in his 2013 High Court Judgment in Yam Seng Pte Limited v International Trade Corporation Limited1, implying the […]