Junior Shipping Breakfast: Bills of Lading and Title to Sue

The next in our series of breakfast workshops for the shipping market will be Bills of Lading and Title to Sue on the morning of 21 January 2020.

Gemma Morgan will chair our panel which includes Emmet Coldrick, Benjamin Coffer and Jamie Hamblen.

They will consider the following:

  • Bills of lading: practicalities and problem areas - Emmet Coldrick
  • Title to Sue in Contract - Benjamin Coffer
  • Title to Sue in Bailment and Tort - Jamie Hamblen will be speaking on the important differences between who has title to sue in bailment, tort and contract and how these differences can make or break claims relating to bills of lading

Timings: 8am registration and breakfast, 8:30am seminar, 9:30am questions, 9:45am close

Venue: Quadrant Chambers, 10 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AU

Gemma Morgan

Gemma has a broad commercial practice with particular focus on shipping, international trade, commodities, insurance and international arbitration. She appears regularly in the High Court, and has particular experience of jurisdictional disputes and commercial injunctions. Gemma also appears regularly in arbitrations, particularly those held on LMAA and LCIA terms. She provides an efficient and thorough service and combines accurate legal analysis and advice with practical commercial and tactical awareness.  She has extensive experience of heavy and technically-complex cases, in particular those in the shipping and energy sectors, and enjoys working well as part of a team.

Gemma is identified by Legal Week as one of its ten Stars at the Bar for 2016 in a profile piece on the most promising young barristers. Gemma received the following praise from clients:

  •  "razor sharp mind, ideally suited to complex commercial disputes".
  • “… retains a strong sense of commercial awareness, which, allied with a combination of intellect, enthusiasm, and emotional empathy, marks her out as someone special.” 
  • "Her confident advocacy means she can win the ear of the judge even when pitted against far more senior opponents."
  • "… excellent at giving a clear tactical steer at the outset and recognising the broader commercial considerations."

Gemma is recommended by Chambers UK and the Legal 500 UK and Asia Pacific editions as a 'Leading Junior'.

To view Gemma's full website profile, please click here.

Emmet Coldrick

Emmet has a broad commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on shipping and transport, international trade and commodities,  general commercial/ contractual disputes (including civil fraud) and arbitration. He has almost 15 years of experience of practice as a shipping barrister.  His work encompasses a wide range of shipping and transport matters, from charterparty and bill of lading claims to project cargo/ heavylift/ off-shore support matters, and from Admiralty and ‘wet shipping’ matters to shipbuilding and ship sale contract disputes.

He is frequently instructed in relation to disputes arising out of ship groundings, allisions and collisions.  Examples include the grounding of a laden bulk carrier, a collision between a lighter barge and an oil tanker, the severing of undersea electricity cables by a cable laying vessel, the allision of a tanker ship with a terminal jetty, damage to an undersea pipeline by a vessel dragging anchor and the grounding of a general cargo vessel.

To view Emmet's full website profile, please click here.

Benjamin Coffer

Ben is shortlisted for Shipping Junior of the Year 2019 at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards. He is described by the directories as  "a rising star" (Legal 500, 2019); “a standout shipping and commodities junior" (Chambers & Partners, 2018) and “a star of the future” (Chambers & Partners, 2017). He is also recognised as a leading junior in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide. His significant recent cases include: 

  • Volcafe v. CSAV [2019] AC 358, the Supreme Court's authoritative analysis of the inherent vice defence and the burden of proof in cargo claims;
  • The Lady M [2019] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 109 (Court of Appeal), the first modern decision on the meaning of 'barratry' and its effect on the defences under the Hague Rules;
  • Alba Exotic Fruit v MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co [2019] EWHC 1779 (Comm), considering the test to be applied on an application to strike out for intentional delay;
  • The Maersk Tangier [2018] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 59 (Court of Appeal), the leading English case on package limitation for containerised cargoes under the Hague-Visby Rules; 
  • Al Khattiya c/w Jag Laadki [2018] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 243, concerning the significance of the place of a collision in a forum non conveniens application; and,
  • The Aqasia [2018] 1 Lloyd's Rep 530 (Court of Appeal), settling a 90-year dispute as to whether Article IV.5 applies to bulk cargoes. 

Ben undertakes the full spectrum of shipping work, including every species of charterparty and bill of lading claim, as well as shipbuilding and ship finance disputes. He has developed a particular specialisim in cases involving carriage of goods under the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules, and has appeared in several of the leading cases on such claims in recent years in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. 

To view Ben's full website profile, please click here.

Jamie Hamblen

Jamie has a wide-ranging and growing practice which reflects the variety of work undertaken by Chambers, including commercial disputes, shipping and shipbuilding, commodities and international trade, banking and financial services, energy and natural resources, insurance and reinsurance, international commercial arbitration, insolvency and restructuring proceedings, aviation and travel.

Jamie has extensive experience of shipping and maritime disputes. His recent and on-going cases include:

  • Drafting submissions in numerous LMAA Arbitrations covering all manner of maritime disputes including off-hire claims, bunker disputes, speed and consumption disputes, demurrage disputes, cargo claims etc.
  • Gunvor Service A/S and Others v Vesselco4 Pte. Limited and Torm A/S (the Torm Anabel) [2019] - Drafting pleadings for cargo interests in Commercial Court proceedings concerning the loss c. £ 600,000 worth of palm and fatty acid methyl ester.
  • AIG Europe Limited v MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (the MSC Camille) [2019] – Currently representing AIG in High Court proceedings against MSC following water damage to electronic products carried in 2 containers on board the MSC Camille.
  • Jawaharal & Sons and Others v Maersk Line A/S (The Hansa Liberty) [2019] – Currently representing various cargo interests in a claim against Maersk, following damage to pigeon peas carried in 5 containers on board the Hansa Liberty.
  • Advising cargo interests on a claim for c. US$ 2 million arising out of the sinking of a vessel off the coast of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising on title to sue and jurisdictional issues under a bill of lading with respect to a cargo claim worth c. US$ 2 million.

To view Jamie's full website profile, please click here.