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.
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.
Thu, 17 November, 2016
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
Related News: Insolvencies in the Supply Chain: Recourse Against the Owner of the Goods - Matthew Reeve (April 2017)
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”)  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  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.
A copy of the judgment is available via the attached link.
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)  1 Lloyd’s Rep 673, and defines the scope and effect of Clause 17(a)(ii) of the Towcon form.
The Light Ballast Condition Point
"… that light ballast condition is concerned with ensuring physical fitness, primarily stability, for the tow’s voyage …"
The Clause 17(a)(ii) Point
A copy of the judgment can be found here.
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.
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.
Wed, 19 October, 2016
We are delighted to announce the following nominations for the 2017 Legal 500 UK Bar Awards.
International Arbitration - Set of the Year
Shipping - Set of the Year
International Arbitration - Silk of the Year: Simon Rainey QC
Shipping - Silk of the Year: Luke Parsons QC, Lionel Persey QC and Simon Rainey QC
Clerking/Practice Management - Senior Clerk of the Year: Gary Ventura
The winners will be announced on the Legal 500 website during the course of next week. The awards dinner will be held at the London Guildhall Crypts in London, on 23rd February 2017.
Full details of the nominations can be viewed here.
Thu, 13 October, 2016
In its judgment in The Aqasia, handed down today, the Commercial Court has held that Article IV Rule 5 of the Hague Rules does not apply to bulk cargoes. Resolving a question that has been open for more than 90 years, Sir Jeremy Cooke held that there is no limit of liability in bulk cargo cases, because there is no relevant ‘package’ or ‘unit’ to which such limit can apply. Lionel Persey QC and Benjamin Coffer appeared for the successful cargo interests.
A copy of the judgment can be found here.
Tue, 11 October, 2016
Members of Quadrant Chambers have been involved in The Atlantik Confidence  EWHC 2412 (Admiralty), a landmark case in the Admiralty Court regarding the breaking of limits under the Limitation Convention 1976 (as amended in 1996). It is the first case in which an English Court has determined that a person was barred from relying on the limits provided by the Convention.
Nigel Jacobs QC and Ruth Hosking (instructed by HFW) acted on behalf of cargo underwriters (Axa) seeking to break limits, and Robert Thomas QC, Thomas Macey-Dare, and Koye Akoni (instructed by Clyde & Co) sought to maintain limits on behalf of the shipowner and P&I Club. The case arose in the context of the fire on board and subsequent sinking of the bulk carrier, ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE, about 150 nautical miles off the coast of Oman while on a laden voyage from Turkey to Oman. After a trial spanning over 7 weeks, and evidence from 12 witnesses of fact and 12 experts, Teare J concluded that the vessel was deliberately sunk by the master and chief engineer at the request of the alter ego of the shipowner. In such circumstances the loss of the cargo resulted from his personal act committed with the intent to cause such loss and Article 4 of the Limitation Convention applied so that the Owners’ claim for a limitation decree was dismissed.