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Chums on Seats - Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co CLYDE & Co appointed three new shipping partners earlier this year. They include Bertrand Courtois, who is based in Clyde’s Paris office. One of his areas of specialisation is ship arrest, and he has written on that subject elsewhere in this magazine. New partner Dominic Lee has been working in Clyde’s Hong Kong office since 1992 and his work embraces...

CMI at the crossroads

THE Comite Maritime International (CMI) was established one hundred years ago when its declared aim was the unification of international maritime law. Membership of the CMI is composed of national maritime law associations (MLAs). Members of these associations include individuals from all sides of the shipping industry and some of the best maritime brains in the world. Their...

Chums on Seats - Watson Farley & Williams

Watson Farley & Williams Jonathan Kellett has joined Watson Farley & Williams as a partner in the firm's London-based shipping group. Kellett was formerly a partner with Berwin Leighton, heading its shipping and aviation group. Kroll & Tract Gerard White, formerly with Hill Rivkins, has become an associate with Kroll & Tract in New York, continuing his practice...

Chums on Seats - New Sydney firm

New Sydney firm AUSTRALIAN maritime lawyers Stuart Hetherington and Rod Withnell have set up a specialist transport and marine insurance practice in Sydney. Rod served in the Royal Australian Navy before qualifying as a lawyer in 1974. Stuart was a partner at Ebsworth & Ebsworth for sixteen years before opting to start his own firm. Holland & Knight HAVING absorbed...

Chums on Seats - US team defeated in golf rematch

US team defeated in golf rematch READERS may recall that a US golf team narrowly beat a team from the Rest of the World at the well-known but tricky Stadium Course at PGA West in California last year. It was inevitable that there would be a rematch on the other side of the Atlantic, and events conspired so that there were sufficient Americans in town for this to be played on...

Chums on Seats - Bugge, Arentz-Hansen & Rasmussen

Bugge, Arentz-Hansen & Rasmussen OLE Lund has joined the Oslo law firm Bugge, Arentz-Hansen & Rasmussen as an attorney. He was previously a senior partner with Lund, Gundersen & Co. He specialises in shipping finance, corporate law, and stock exchange and securities transactions. Global Financial Recoveries Ltd UK-based Global Financial Recoveries Ltd has announced...

Chums on Seats - 50 years and counting ...

50 years and counting ... WELL-known New York lawyer M E De Orchis recently reached a half-century practising maritime law. Listed in every issue of "Best Lawyers in America" since the publication began, De Orchis said, "The fact is I enjoy it more every day. It has been fun, from the Andrea Doria in my early days to the Sea Witch collision in New York harbour." De Orchis is...

Chums on Seats - Landmark for Lagerlöf & Leman

Landmark for Lagerlöf & Leman STOCKHOLM-based Lagerlöf & Leman is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Its position as legal adviser to commerce and industry can be traced back to 1849, when Aron Philipsson opened an "advocate shop" in Gothenburg. Several well-known companies - for example, Skandinaviska Banken (now SEB) and the brewer, Pripps Ltd - were early...

Chums on Seats - Norton White

Norton White NORTON White is one of three independent legal practices formed following the demerger of Norton Smith & Co, the oldest law firm in Australia. It will incorporate the practices of Brian White & Associates in Queensland and Ian Maitland & Associates in South Australia, and plans to enter into associations with White & Kassman in South Australia and...

Cause and effect - Woolf reforms are affecting maritime litigation

Cause and effect SOMETHING is wrong. It is much too early to say how the Woolf reforms are affecting maritime litigation in the UK. It is not too early, however, for the Swedish Club to warn that arbitration is losing its attractiveness as a means of resolving disputes. And the two things are not unconnected. The club makes the point that high costs and delays are increasingly...

Spain's hidden costs

CALLING at Spanish ports with stowaways on board can turn into a real nightmare for shipowners and their P&I clubs. Under Spanish law (1992 Ports Act), the refusal of a master to retain a stowaway on board until he is handed over to the relevant authority may amount to a serious infringement for which the owner may be fined up to $190,000. The fine is not the only problem...

Guide to Posidonia

VISITORS to the biennial Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition will need a comfortable pair of shoes and a strong constitution. It promises to be bigger and better than ever. Not wishing to miss out on international millennium celebrations, Posidonia 2000 will this year salute four thousand years of Greek maritime trading. Ancient records show the Hellenic merchant fleet...

Chums on Seats - Lex Mundi

Lex Mundi ALFREDO M O'Farrell, a partner at Argentine law firm Marval O=Farrell & Mairal, has been elected Chair of Lex Mundi, a leading association of independent law firms which provides for the exchange of professional information on legal and global practice and the development of law. Lex Mundi's 158 member firms have more than 375 offices in ninety countries...

Cause and effect

Cause and effect IN our last issue I nominated European Shippers Council policy manager Nicolette van der Jagt for the most fatuous analogy of the year so far. I should have known better. It was only August. A challenger had emerged even before the brown leaves of autumn had started to fall in Europe. The challenger was the UK shipping minister, and I am confident he will not...

Manifest disregard of the law - Non-statutory ground

Manifest disregard of the law AS arbitration becomes more common in areas of the law traditionally left to the courts, such as employment and consumer law, US courts that have not previously had to deal with petitions to vacate awards under the Federal Arbitration Act have issued decisions regarding the non-statutory ground of "manifest disregard of the law." New York is the...