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  • Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft v Pauline Shipping and Liquimar Tankers [2017] EWHC 161.View More

    Fri, 03 February, 2017

    The Commercial Court handed down judgment on 3 February 2017 in the above matter, in which Poonam Melwani QC of Quadrant Chambers instructed by Stephenson Harwood LLP on behalf of the Claimant Bank successfully argued that asymmetric clauses are indeed valid exclusive jurisdiction clauses for the purposes of Brussels 1 Recast so that the usual lis alibi pendens rules do not apply and potentially abusive litigation tactics cannot prevail

    Brussels 1 Recast was introduced to give greater efficacy to exclusive jurisdiction clauses but since its enactment in 2015 practitioners and academics have sought confirmation that asymmetric jurisdiction clauses, common in many contracts including especially banking documentation, qualify as valid exclusive jurisdiction clauses for the purposes of Brussels 1 Recast. 

    A copy of the judgment is available here. Further details regarding the case are available in the attached article.

  • Aviation specialists appointed to Queen’s CounselView More

    Wed, 25 January, 2017

  • Michael McParland and Robert-Jan Temmink appointed as Queen’s CounselView More

    Thu, 12 January, 2017

    Quadrant Chambers is delighted to announce that Michael McParland and Robert-Jan Temmink have both been successful in their applications for Silk. They will be formally appointed as Queen's Counsel on Monday 13th February 2017.

    To view the full list of successful silk applicants please follow the attached link.

  • International Arbitration Newsletter Issue 03 - Winter 2016/2017View More

    Fri, 25 November, 2016

    Quadrant Chambers is delighted to announce the publication of the Winter 2016/2017 edition of the International Arbitration Newsletter.

    Please click here to view the publication.

  • Michael McParland’s article is published in Lloyd’s Martime and Commercial Law QuarterlyView More

    Mon, 21 November, 2016

    Michael McParland’s article  “Tacit contractual relationships and the special jurisdiction provisions of the Brussels I Regulation: Granarolo v Ambrosi” has been published today in Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (LMCLQ (2016), pp. 500-517). Michael’s article deals with important developments in the European Court of Justice (‘ECJ’) as to how the concepts of ‘matters relating to a contract’ and ‘matters relating to tort, delict or quasi-delict’ are to be interpreted for the purposes of the ‘special jurisdiction’ provisions of the Brussels I Regulation, and will be of interest to anyone involved in cross-border disputes in Europe. The ECJ has introduced for the first time a concept of ‘tacit contractual relationships’:  which, if found to exist in the specific circumstances of the case, means the special provisions of contractual jurisdiction are engaged, even though national law (and the Advocate General in the Granarolo case itself) had characterised the claim as tortious. Granarolo is likely to give rise to a number of disputes and further questions in the future, and will also have an impact in determining how (and indeed where) the dividing line between the applicable law regimes of the Rome I and Rome II Regulations is to be drawn.

  • The Collapse of Hanjin Shipping: An English Lawyer’s PerspectiveView More

    Thu, 17 November, 2016

    Robert Thomas QC and Jeremy Richmond look at some pressing legal issues arising from the recent insolvency of Hanjin Shipping.

    Please click here to view the full article, which was published in the November 2016 Volume 13, Issue 6 of International Corporate Rescue and appears here with the kind permission of the publishers, Chase Cambria

  • Giving guidance on the order and burden of proof in cargo claims and resolving the GOSSE MILLARD “heresy” View More

    Thu, 10 November, 2016

    The Court of Appeal handed down judgment today (10th November 2016) in Volcafe Ltd and other v Compania Sud Americana de Vapores SA (“CSAV”) [2016] EWCA Civ 1103 upholding an appeal brought by the defendant shipowners. In doing so, it determined the much-debated question as to whether a defendant carrier must first disprove negligence on its part before it can rely on its defences under Article IV Rule 2 of the Hague Rules.

    This is a debate which dates all the way back to the dictum of Wright J that the carrier is under such a burden. He expressed this view in Gosse Millard v Canadian Government Merchant Marine [1927] 2 KB 432, a case decided shortly after the Hague Rules came into force. It was subsequently denounced as “heresy” in the early editions of Carver, and has been the subject of various English and Commonwealth judicial dicta over the intervening 90 years. However, the correctness of Wright J’s view has never been squarely before an appellate court for decision before now.

    The Court of Appeal (Lady Justice Gloster, Lady Justice King and Mr Justice Flaux, sitting in the Court of Appeal) has now unanimously held that the answer to this question is “no”.

    The leading judgment of Mr Justice Flaux also contains valuable guidance at to (i) the assessment of whether a system is “sound” for the purposes of determining whether a carrier is in breach of its obligations to properly care for and carry the cargo under Article III Rule 2, (ii) the scope of the inherent vice defence, (iii) the interplay between Article III Rule 2 and Article IV Rule 2 (m) and (iv) the temporal scope of the application of the Hague Rules.

    David Semark (led by Simon Bryan QC of Essex Court Chambers) appeared for the successful Appellant shipowners. John Russell QC and Benjamin Coffer appeared for the Respondent cargo claimants.

    A copy of the judgment is available via the attached link.

  • REGULUS SHIP SERVICES PTE LTD v LUNDIN SERVICES BVView More

    Mon, 31 October, 2016

    Phillips J handed down judgment on 27 October 2016 in the above matter in which Counsel from Quadrant Chambers represented both parties. Nevil Phillips and Christopher Jay appeared for the successful Defendants (Lundin), while Yash Kulkarni and Koye Akoni represented the Claimants (Regulus)

    Phillips J clarifies the meaning of "light ballast condition" further to the earlier decision of Andrew Smith J in Ease Faith Ltd v Leonis Marine Management Ltd (The Kent Reliant) [2006] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 673, and defines the scope and effect of Clause 17(a)(ii) of the Towcon form.

    The issues

    • The dispute concerned inter alia two issues: (i) what is the meaning of a requirement for a tow to be “in light ballast condition” for the purposes of a towage operation; (ii) what is the scope and effect of Clause 17(a)(ii) of the Towcon form as regards the entitlement (on the part of the tug) to contractual delay payments.


    The Light Ballast Condition Point

    • Phillips J rejected the suggestion that, in order to be in “in light ballast condition”, a tow must inter alia be legally fit for the towage (i.e. in a condition that meets with the requirements of a marine warranty surveyor, including whatever ballast condition (draughts and displacement) that surveyor deems necessary, and within the vessel’s Class). He concluded (at [74]) that the effect of the decision of Andrew Smith J in the Ease Faith“in light ballast condition” is):

                "… that light ballast condition is concerned with ensuring physical fitness, primarily stability, for the tow’s voyage …"

    The Clause 17(a)(ii) Point

    • Phillips J concluded that the Clause is triggered only by a deliberate decision by a tug to slow steam etc because it reasonably considers that the tow cannot be towed at the originally contemplated speed. The Clause does not operate where, for other reasons, the tug does not deploy all of its resources to tow (or attempt to tow) at the contemplated speed, or where the tow can in fact be performed at that speed (if all such resources are deployed, or otherwise).


    A copy of the judgment can be found here.

  • Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016View More

    Fri, 28 October, 2016

     We are delighted to announce  Simon Rainey QC has been awarded Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016 Shipping Silk of the Year.

  • Legal 500 UK Awards 2017View More

    Tue, 25 October, 2016

    We are delighted to announce that Quadrant Chambers has been awarded the Legal 500 UK 2017 Awards for International Arbitration Set of the Year and that Simon Rainey QC has been recognised as Shipping Silk of the Year.

    The awards dinner will be held at the London Guildhall Crypts, on 23rd February 2017. For details of all the winners and nominations please follow the attached link.