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?more >>
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.more >>
“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)  EWHC 1747more >>
Novoship UK Limited (& 14 Others) v Vladimir Mikhaylyuk (& 7 Others)  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.more >>
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 2014The Bulk Uruguay  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.more >>
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.more >>
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.more >>
2017Lax & 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 >>