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The tanker attacks near the Strait of Hormuz – what shipowners, charterers and their insurers need to know

July 2 2019

The tanker attacks near the Strait of Hormuz – what shipowners, charterers and their insurers need to know

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The images of the Front Altair on fire and the alleged limpet mining of the Kokuka Courageous have brought the daily risks faced by merchant shipping to the attention of the world in a way that has not happened for a decade, during the height of East African piracy.

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Matthew Montgomery became a partner on 1st June

June 1 2019

MFB is very pleased to announce the promotion to partner of Matthew Montgomery, with effect from 1 June 2019.

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"My cargo was damaged while on your ship: now prove it wasn’t your fault.."

May 9 2019

“My cargo was damaged while on your ship: now prove it wasn’t your fault”: the UK’s Supreme Court agreed, but more recent decisions have considered the scope of its application

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It is not often that the burden of proof in a cargo claim brought under the Hague/Hague-Visby Rules hits the legal headlines, but that happened in the December 2018 UK Supreme Court’s decision in Volcafe Ltd v Cia Sud Americana de Vapores SA.

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Stolen freight/hire? The Court of Appeal looks at the duties of banks.

May 2 2019

As a firm we have over the last couple of years been involved with numerous cases chasing misappropriated money which has been diverted by hacking.

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For Easter, a bad egg story: the English Court of Appeal warns against unscrupulous negotiating tactics

April 23 2019


Bv Nederlandse Industrie Van Eiprodukten v Rembrandt Enterprises, Inc.

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Vessel operators need to show a bit of class

April 16 2019

Expired Class Certificates
Silverburn Shipping (IOM) Ltd V Ark Shipping Co LLC (THE M/V “ARCTIC”) [2019] EWHC 376 (Comm)

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In “The Artic”, the High Court provided a definitive reminder to owners and bareboat charterers of the importance of keeping a vessel in class, finding that the obligation is absolute and a condition of the charterparty.

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20 years of SCOPIC: the challenges and changes

April 2 2019

Helene Peter-Davies, at MFB Solicitors, takes a look back at the evolution of the SCOPIC clause.

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Heather Maxwell joins MFB

March 14 2019

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Heather Maxwell.

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Scrapping a Ship? Proceed with Caution

February 5 2019

With increasing global scrutiny on carbon emissions and disposal of waste, combined with major over capacity in the global shipping fleet, it is no surprise that the EU has turned its attention to the ship scrapping industry.

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Simon Spark joins MFB

January 10 2019

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Simon Spark.

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Baris Oztoprak joins MFB

November 29 2018

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Baris Oztoprak.

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MFB is chosen as a pilot company for the Women in Maritime Charter programme

November 19 2018

MFB are pleased to announce that they have been chosen as one of the pilot companies for the Women in Maritime Charter programme.

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MFB is recognised in The Legal 500 2018 edition

November 1 2018

MFB is pleased to announce that it has been recognised in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 as being within the top two tiers of London law firms for Shipping, and partners Ed Gray and Andrew Hughes have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Pros and cons of the LOF salvage form

October 25 2018

Matthew Montgomery and Freddie Courtney review the benefits and issues with LOF and consider if there are better options

The Lloyd’s Open Form salvage contract (LOF) is based upon the ‘no cure, no pay’ principle under which a salvor is only rewarded for a successful salvage operation.

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Getting the Deal Through 2019 - Shipping

September 21 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 edition of Getting the Deal Through - Shipping, has recently been published.

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Time Bars and Letters of Indemnity – Guidance from the Court of Appeal

August 23 2018

On 21 August 2018 the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in Glencore Agriculture BV v Navig8 Chemicals Pool Inc [2018] EWCA Civ 1901.

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Bunker Contamination Cases Sound a Warning Bell

August 14 2018

Bunker contamination claims have been a growing trend this year.

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Status Quo Maintained – Arresting Vessels in England & Wales does not require a cross-undertaking in damages

August 1 2018

In Bernard Eder QC’s (as he was then) 1996 paper, “Wrongful Arrest of Ships” he wrote that the law concerning a shipowners’ right to claim compensation following arrest “needs to be changed; and the sooner the better”.

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Matthew Montgomery Joins MFB

June 4 2018

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Matthew Montgomery.

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Kevin Cooper Joins MFB

June 1 2018

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Kevin Cooper.

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Helene Peter-Davies and Peter Gercans became partners on 1st June

June 1 2018

MFB is pleased to announce the promotion to partnership of Helene Peter-Davies and Peter Gercans with effect from 1st June 2018.

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Nick Wilson Joins MFB

March 5 2018

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Nick Wilson.

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SAFE PORTS, JOINT INSURANCE & LIMITATION OF LIABILITY - THE “OCEAN VICTORY” IN THE UK SUPREME COURT 2017

October 23 2017

The UK Supreme Court, on 10 May, handed down a landmark ruling in relation to the substantial disputes arising from the grounding and eventual total loss of the cape-size vessel, the M/V “OCEAN VICTORY”, at Kashima, Japan in October 2006.

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Vaughan Wise-Dolpire joins MFB

September 14 2017

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Vaughan Wise-Dolpire.

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Benjamin Middleton joins MFB

September 4 2017

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Benjamin Middleton.

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Francesca Cappa becomes a Newly Qualified Solicitor

July 17 2017

MBF is pleased to congratulate Francesca Cappa on successfully completing her training contract with the firm and her appointment as a Newly Qualified Solicitor at MFB.

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Eduardo Prim became a partner on 1st June

June 1 2017

MFB is pleased to announce the promotion to partnership of Eduardo Prim with effect from 1st June 2017.

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UK SUPREME COURT DISMISSES OCEAN VICTORY APPEALS

May 10 2017

The UK Supreme Court, on 10 May, handed down a landmark ruling in relation to the substantial disputes arising from the grounding and eventual total loss of the cape-size vessel, the M/V “OCEAN VICTORY”, at Kashima, Japan in October 2006.

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Amanda de Vaux joins MFB

April 20 2017

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Amanda de Vaux.

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“ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE” revisited

February 13 2017

“ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE” revisited

Kairos Shipping Limited and others v Enja & Co LLC and others (the “ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE”) [2016 EWHC 2412 (Admlty)

Kairos Shipping Limited and others v Enja & Co LLC and others (the “ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE”) [2014 EWCA Civ 217

Engine room fire – Constitution of limitation fund by the provision of a P&I letter of undertaking – Breaking of limitation under the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 (as amended).

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Francis Hicks joins MFB

February 13 2017

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Francis Hicks.

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Inter-Club Agreement (ICA) 1996 – Clause (8)(d) apportionment considered. “Acts” need not be fault based acts to apply a different apportionment regime.

February 2 2017

Inter-Club Agreement (ICA) 1996 – Clause (8)(d) apportionment considered.

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THE WEHR TRAVE – The meaning and nature of a ‘time charter trip’

August 1 2016

THE WEHR TRAVE – The English High Court provides guidance as to the meaning and nature of a ‘time charter trip’

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Jonathan Steer became a partner on 1st June

June 1 2016

MFB is pleased to announce the promotion to partnership of Jonathan Steer with effect from 1st June 2016.

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Simon Johnson and Asad Naqvi became partners on 1st June

June 2 2014

MFB is pleased to announce the promotion to partnership of Simon Johnson and Asad Naqvi with effect from 1st June 2014.

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Stephen Mann joins MFB

March 17 2014

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Stephen Mann.

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MFB are saddened to hear of the death of our esteemed professional colleague

December 23 2013

MFB are saddened to hear of the death of our esteemed professional colleague in Mumbai, Subramaniam Venkiteswaran (Venky).

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Enforcement of Awards in Australia

October 11 2013

Enforcement of awards in Australia - foreign voyage charterparty arbitration clauses now enforceable.

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Founders Day – MFB celebrates its 25th Anniversary

October 8 2013

MFB was pleased to host recently a large client reception in the striking setting of Fishmongers’ Hall, one of London’s finest livery halls.

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MFB celebrated its 25th Anniversary in June 2013

June 4 2013

MFB partners extend their thanks to all their clients and members of the industry for their invaluable support during the last 25 years.

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EU Sanctions on Iran

November 29 2012

European Union imposes new sanctions on Iran.

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The Western Moscow

November 29 2012

The Western Moscow clarifies the position in relation to sub-hire in a charter chain.

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Owners may refuse early redelivery

November 8 2012

A confirmation that Owners may reasonably refuse early redelivery.

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The Kos

October 19 2012

The Supreme Court judgment in ENE 1 Kos Ltd v Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ("The  Kos") on payment for post-contract services and bunkers during 3 days when the vessel was withdrawn from hire but had to remain at the port to discharge its cargo.

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Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S v Beach Building & Civil Group Pty Ltd

October 19 2012

Enforcement of Awards in Australia.

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Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

July 10 2012

Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

Tower Bridge - the raising of the bascules.

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Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

July 10 2012

Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

The Fire Rescue Service making a dramatic splash.

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MFB launches its Maritime Small Business Unit

July 2 2012

Start-ups and small businesses to benefit as MFB launches its new Maritime Small Business Unit

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Civil Procedure Rules Update: Permission to substitute an expert under CPR r.35

June 19 2012

The end of "expert shopping" - stricter rules for substituting experts enforced.

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Recent amendments to 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims

June 12 2012

Limits of liability for shipping raised with adoption of amendments to 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims.

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Validity of notices purporting to commence arbitration

May 9 2012

Commencement of Arbitration: Form of notice and reiteration of the “broad and flexible” approach following the “Biz” and the “Voc Gallant”

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GUARDCON - standard contract for employment of security guards published by BIMCO

April 24 2012

BIMCO has announced the publication of GUARDCON – a standard contract for the employment of security guards on vessels.

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Peter Harris joins MFB

April 23 2012

MFB is pleased to announce the arrival of Peter Harris, who joins Partner Mike Mitchell and Helene Hunter-Davies in our Admiralty/Casualty team.

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EU – Enforcement of Judgments v. Arbitration Proceedings

April 23 2012

The Court of Appeal in West Tankers Inc v (1) Allianz Spa and (2) Generali Assicurazione Generalia Spa (the "Front Comor") highlights the use of arbitral proceedings in EU Member States as potential "shields" to enforcement of judgments from other Member States.

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Part 36: Acceptance of a Part 36 Offer after the claim has been struck out

April 23 2012

Part 36: Acceptance of a Part 36 Offer after the claim has been struck out



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Charterers represented by MFB are successful in performance warranty dispute in the High Court

April 23 2012

When is a Time Charterparty performance warranty limited by a "Good Weather" requirement?

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Olympic rings

April 2 2012

Olympic rings

Photo of the Olympic rings travelling by barge on the river Thames.

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