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SEA MIROR

"Discharged at the expenses and risk of Receivers/Charterers" – who is liable for stevedore damage to cargo on outturn?

Societe de Distribution de Toutes Merchandises en Cote D'Ivoire trading as "SDTM-CI" v Continental Lines N.V. and another (the SEA MIROR) [2015] EWHC 1747

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MTM HONG KONG

Louis Dreyfus Commodities Suisse SA v MT Maritime Management BV [2015] EWHC 2505 (Comm)

A new way of looking at damages for repudiation of a voyage charter.

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Lax & Co successfully overturn US$150m judgment in Court of Appeal

August 2014

Novoship UK Limited (& 14 Others) v Vladimir Mikhaylyuk (& 7 Others) [2012] EWHC 3586

Mike Lax and Robert Pollock-Hill acted for a Russian businessman, Mr Nikitin (the 6th Defendant) and two companies controlled by him (the 7th and 8th Defendants) in a dispute heard in the Commercial Court between the London agent of the Russian shipping company, JSC Novoship (now part of Sovcomflot) and various one ship companies.

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Gulf of Aden transit and repudiation

Effect of Amended BIMCO Piracy Clause. Whether consent of Owner needed to transit piracy areas. Whether Owner in repudiatory breach by insisting that consent needed to be sought and provided for each transit.

June 2014

The Bulk Uruguay [2014] EWHC 885

The case concerned the issue of whether Disponent Owners were in anticipatory breach of a three year charter so as to entitle the Charterers to treat themselves as discharged from further performance.

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Lax & Co welcomes Supreme Court victory over Sovcomflot

December 2013

Mike Lax, senior partner of London shipping law firm Lax & Co LLP, has welcomed the decision of the English Supreme Court to refuse Russian state-owned shipping monolith Sovcomflot permission to appeal in the Fiona Trust case, thus bringing to an end litigation which has been rumbling on for eight years.

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Appeal Court allows shipowner’s claim for freight entitlement

March 2013

Court of Appeal (Civil Division), 14 March 2013, BP Oil International Limited v Target Shipping Limited

The Court of Appeal in London has upheld the entitlement of a shipowner to full freight in respect of an entire oil cargo transported under a charter party which provided for a minimum quantity and included an 'overage' discount.

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Insurer’s appeal rejected in loss of hire dispute

March 2013

Commercial Court, 20 January 2012, Sealion Shipping Ltd and Toisa Horizon Inc v Valiant Insurance Company

The Court of Appeal in London recently dismissed an appeal by loss-of-hire insurers against a Commercial Court judgment in favour of shipowners, represented by Lax & Co, in a dispute over alleged material non-disclosure and / or misrepresentation.

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Legal 500

2014

"Consistently providing sound legal advice", the team at Lax & Co LLP is led by the "brilliant" Mike Lax and acts for clients such as Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Co, Bocimar International, China National United Oil Corporation, Conti-Lines and Meyer Werft. Stuart Dench and Imogen Rumbold are also singled out, and Robert Pollock-Hill was recently promoted to partner.

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Chambers UK

2014

Stuart Dench is a key partner at Lax & Co LLP. Sources praise his "good judgement and commercial awareness," and go on to state that "his legal advice is very precise and comprehensible."

Mike Lax's clients note that he "gives quick decisive answers to complex questions and performs well." He has previously acted for the likes of Tankers International and Exmar.

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