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Liberian laws

THE Liberian government has been tidying up its maritime and corporate laws. Just passed, but not yet published, is a whole bundle of amendments. On the maritime side, the changes in the law and in regulations implement...

Waving, not drowning

DO you sometimes get that awful slipping feeling, as if your tenuous grasp on reality is about to finally fail? If so, then a trip round almost any contemporary art gallery offers immediate relief. There are many worse...

Set a thief ...

TWO hundred of the world's top marine theft investigators are reported to have met recently at the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI) 12th annual training seminar, in - wait for it - Las Vegas. A...

Go for it

INCE & Co is not generally considered to be a bunch of softies, but some of its partners and staff are going to need all their resolve this year. Ince has entered a team for The Microsoft Challengers Trophy, a three...

London numbers

DONALD Szostak, who edits "The Arbitrator", the Society of Maritime Arbitrator’s newsletter, has written to ask how we know that there are many more arbitrations in London than in New York (Issue 51. He asks, "How many...

Happy anniversary

ONE year ago, when we sent the first issue of this newsletter to 1,012 people, we had no idea how it would catch on. Today we celebrate the first birthday of the maritime advocate online, and, thanks to the sponsorship...

Numbers for London arbitrations

FOLLOWING our request last week for accurate numbers relating to New York and London arbitrations, Duncan McKenzie, Director of Economics at International Financial Services, London (IFSL) writes, "IFSL reviewed the...

CMR in line

ENGLISH law on the applicability of the CMR Convention to international road carriage has been brought into line with Belgian, Dutch and German law following the English Court of Appeal decision in "Quantum v Plane...

Bucking the trend

THE International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has yet again demonstrated the advantages of insuring with a specialist mutual insurer. For the seventh consecutive year, not only is there no general increase in...

Not goodbye, au revoir

THE nice thing about having your own party is being able to look around the room and recognise everyone there – especially when they are all there for you. Such was the case with Graham Edmiston last week when he...

French and Belgian MLAs meet

IN Paris earlier this month, the French and Belgian Maritime Law Associations met to discuss issues arising from "The passage of cargo through ports". Representatives from the ports of Antwerp, Le Havre and Marseille,...

Proof of age

PENNY-pinching lawyers could be in for a boost of 112 pounds sterling if they are under forty years of age, according to the International Bar Association (IBA). Delegate fees for the IBA's International Maritime Law...

Viral infection

YOUR editor is not against new words or phrases, just ugly, unnecessary or inappropriate ones. "Viral marketing" is the latest, least attractive and most unnecessary phrase to try and shoehorn its way into our language...

Chocolate mathematics

TRY this exercise in chocolate math. It takes less than a minute to do. And be sure you don't scroll to the end until you've worked it out. 1. First, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate...

Mixed reaction to CMI COGSA draft

TEN days ago, 26 maritime lawyers gathered at the University of Southampton in the UK under the aegis of the Institute of Maritime Law to discuss the CMI Preliminary Draft Instrument on the Carriage of Goods by Sea,...

Legal partners

REMEMBER the heady days of as long ago as, say, last year, when accountants and lawyers were going to merge into huge one-stop shops for seamless consulting, legal and business advice? That, of course, was pre-Enron....