“CV STEALTH” – Stakeholder Proceedings and Rule B attachments

January 2018

Could Head Owners “intercept” funds due to Disponent Owners from Sub-Charterers on the basis of a pending appeal against the vacation of a Rule B attachment?

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“CV STEALTH” (No.2) – Cause of vessel’s detention

November 2017

Were Sub-Charterers' orders still an effective cause of the vessel's detention? Can a credit against damages be given before any saving has been made?

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“CV STEALTH” – Off-hire and Breach

April 2016

Following the detention of the vessel in Venezuela, Disponent Owners claim an indemnity for losses from Sub-Charterers

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High Court decision regarding compliance with the terms of an on demand Bank Guarantee

December 2016

The dispute concerned the issue of whether two demands (the “Demands”) sent shortly before the Guarantee expired, triggered the Bank’s obligation to make payment under the Guarantee.

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August 2014

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

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

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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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Lax & Co LLP’s  “outstanding team provides a  “personal service and “practical advice. Highlights included acting for MUR Joint Ventures in a dispute with Compagnie Monegasque de Banque. Team head, Mike Lax, handles shipping and international trade matters, including arbitration, charterparties, bills of lading, and salvage and collision work. He is assisted by Stuart Dench, who advises on chaterparty and bills of lading disputes, in addition to shipbuilding contracts and sale and purchase disputes; Imogen Rumbold, who handles commodities disputes; and Robert Pollock-Hill. more >>

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Michael Lax of Lax & Co LLP has an extensive shipping practice in which he represents a broad range of clients in all manner of matters. Areas of expertise include insurance, shipbuilding and charter party disputes. more >>

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