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Collisions – Pitfalls, Banana Skins and Tips under English Law

Rule No. 1: Never accept security without a Jurisdiction Agreement! Unless you have a very good reason, never accept security without a separate jurisdiction agreement in relation to the underlying collision. Failure to do this can result in the ultimate check-mate where a party will potentially be in a position of having security for their […]

The “RENOS” – The Supreme Court settles the law on allowable CTL costs – no more “dry lemons”…   »

On 12 June 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment holding that: Pre-Notice of Abandonment (NOA) costs do count towards the CTL calculation – dealing with an issue which had not been addressed by English courts for over fifty years; and SCOPIC costs do not constitute “costs of repairing the damage” for the purposes of […]

IMO 2020: Are We Ready?   »

We are less than six months away from possibly the biggest regulatory change the shipping industry has seen since the phasing out of single-hull tankers. From 1 January 2020, ships will have to use fuel oil with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50% m/m under regulation 14.1.3 of Annex VI of the MARPOL […]

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New talent incoming at Tatham Macinnes   »

Capt. Matthew Forbes   We are delighted to announce the appointment of Capt. Matthew Forbes to the team at Tatham Macinnes. Matt, is a Master Mariner and qualified solicitor. Matt has previously worked at both Ince & Co and Brookes Bell, investigating a wide range of casualties encompassing incidents including collisions, salvage, groundings, fires, pollution, and cargo damage. […]


The “Lady M” – the good old fire exception under the HVR

Glencore Energy UK Ltd v Freeport Holdings Ltd[1] Image source: Balticshipping The “Lady M” suffered a fire which the parties agreed was deliberately caused by the chief engineer.  The reasons given were either his extreme emotional stress or some undiagnosed personality disorder.  The question was whether or not Owners were able to enforce a claim […]

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Sora Jeon appointed new partner   »

We are delighted to announce that Sora Jeon has been appointed as a new partner of our firm. Sora has been a key part of the team at Tatham Macinnes for 6 years.  Previous to this she qualified as a US attorney and worked as an in-house lawyer for a large shipowner.  She is also the […]


Sora Jeon elected as the Chairperson of Lloyd’s Marine and Energy Under 35s Insurance Group

We are delighted to announce that Sora Jeon has been elected as the new Chairperson of Lloyd’s Marine and Energy Under 35s Insurance Group as from 1 January 2019. The Marine U35 Insurance Group is a non-profit organisation and is comprised of over 1000 young members from all areas of the marine and Energy insurance market, and […]

Rock Advertising Limited v MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited – loose lips…non oral modification clauses   »

Facts Rock Advertising (Rock) entered into a contract to occupy office space operated by MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd (MWB) for a fixed term of 12 months.  The contract contained a no oral modification clause (“NOM”) which said that “All variations to this Licence must be agreed, set out in writing and signed on behalf […]

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The Times Best Law Firms 2019: Tatham Macinnes named amongst best UK law firms   »

The Times has named Tatham Macinnes in its best law firms list published on 30 October 2018 TM is named as one of only 10 firms selected who practice in the maritime law sector. We think that it is quite an achievement to be named in such a list by as esteemed a judge as […]

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