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

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. Tatham Macinnes is named as one of only 10 firms selected two practice in the maritime law sector. We think that it is quite […]

The Stolt Kestrel
The Stolt Kestrel [2015] EWCA Civ 1035 – Lessons learned!   »

Image source: ShipSpotting In terms of time-limits, there were salutary lessons for the unwary in the case of The Stolt Kestrel[1]. In that case a collision occurred between the Stolt Kestrel (which was berthed at the time in a UK port) and the Niyazi S. As will be appreciated, responsibility and liability for the collision […]

B Atlantic
The “B Atlantic” Supreme Court Decision – Attempted smuggling is not a “malicious act”   »

On 22 May 2018, the Supreme Court published its judgment in the case of the “B Atlantic”.[1] The decision will be of particular interest to owners and operators whose vessels trade to areas where the risk of judicial detention is higher than normal. It highlights the risk that traditional war risks insurance may not respond […]

Trading to Yemen – Where are we?   »

Recent news in respect of the commercial maritime picture in and around Yemen culminating in the extraordinary reports of a missile attack on the Turkish flagged Ince Inebolu, has been difficult to unravel. Both sides of the proxy war are making claims and counter-claims to suit their respective narratives. An already complex environment is seemingly fraught with […]


Caution is needed when agreeing provisions that amend the knock-for-knock position

There is one good reason why there are many more solicitors dealing with marine claims than in the offshore and energy sectors. In traditional shipping, the parties are frequently in dog-fights over damage to cargo, demurrage, unpaid or disputed hire, general average and, of course, the occasional unexpected bump, towage or salvage. Conversely, offshore and […]

Seaman Guard Ohio – Captain’s case reaches Supreme Court   »

The captain’s plight has reached the Supreme Court as his application to be given treatment in a private hospital or be repatriated is considered. This is in the context of extending the constitutional right to life. It is hoped that this will have a knock on effect on the crew’s appeal currently being “reheard” after […]


North Korea and the US – War Cancellation Clauses

Most if not all charterparty “War Cancellation Clauses” will include the USA, Russia and China in their lists of potential protagonists. For owners and charterers trading in the Far East those clauses may also include Taiwan, North and South Korea and Japan. The prospect of armed conflict is not unusual but often countries are acting […]

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Skyline of Doha at night with the Al Bidda Tower, Palm Tower 1 and 2, the World Trade Center, Tornado Tower and the Burj Qatar Tower with golden illuminations
Qatar – Legal Implications for Shipping   »

A war of words exploded on 5th June 2017 as Saudi Arabia and three of its biggest allies (UAE, Egypt and Bahrain) severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. Riyadh accused Qatar of backing radical Islamist groups and since then Libya, Yemen and the Maldives have also joined in the boycott. With President Trump backing Saudi Arabia, […]

Ransomware and Cyberterrorism – Is it legal to pay to unlock your computer?   »

The IT world is reeling from what is described as an unprecedented cyber-attack which has manifested itself in the form of a denial of access “ransomware” locking computers and threatening to delete data if the demand for a payment of US$300 in bitcoins is not paid. It is said to have affected 200,000 computers in 150 countries. […]

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