Three members in the Court of Appeal

Thu, 25 February, 2016

Court of Appeal decides meaning of "Hague Rules as enacted"

David Goldstone QC leading Ben Gardner appeared on behalf of the shipowners and Robert Thomas QC acted for cargo interests in an important decision on the meaning of a standard term in bills of lading.

Reversing the judgment of Males J below, the Court of Appeal held that "the Hague Rules as enacted in the country of shipment" was apt to refer not only to the original Hague Rules as enacted in the country of shipment, but also to the Hague-Visby Rules.

The judgment is available here.