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In his talk entitled "Interest on and as Damages", Andrew Fulton considers the following:

  • General overview of the Court's powers to award interest under contract, in equity or pursuant to statute
  • Circumstances in which compound interest can be recovered
  • Relevant factors in the exercise of the Court's discretion under s 35A
  • Consideration of the House of Lords decision in Sempra Metals and its implications for pleading and proving an interest-based claim
  • Post-judgment interest in respect of sterling and non-sterling judgments

Sarah Tresman, Thomas Corby and Leonora Sagan examine the following issues in relation to War Risk Clauses:

  • The proper approach to the construction of WAR RISK clauses
  • Danger and risk under CONWARTIME (including a comparison of BIMCO War Risk clauses 2004 and 2013)
  • Who decides whether an area is dangerous and how?
  • Rights and Liberties under the Protective Clauses (Voywar 2004)
  • War Risks and Frustration
  • 2013 BIMCO War Risks and Piracy Clause: what has changed?

Cases considered within this talk include: The Triton Lark, The Product Star (No. 2), The Paiwan Wisdom, The Kanchenjung, The Evia (No. 2), and The Safeer.

On 17 June 2013, Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan, gave a talk to the London Solicitors Litigation Association entitled "Current thinking on piercing the corporate veil and obtaining relief against non-parties". The talk considered recent developments in the law on freezing injunctions against defendants and third parties as well as the law on piercing the corporate veil (including examination of the two very recent Supreme Court decisions in VTB v Nutritek and Petrodel v Prest).

Inaugural Proskauer Lecture on International Arbitration, 27 March 2013, New York

On 1 March 2012, David Owen QC, in association with The Maritime Law Association of Singapore, gave a talk on "Preparing and Presenting  a Case in Maritime Arbitration". The focus of this talk was on maritime arbitration from the perspective of an arbitrator and offered a practical guide on the most effective ways to present a maritime claim.

On 29 February 2012, Luke Pearce gave a presentation to the London Shipping Law Centre on the subject of "Issues in Freight Futures", at a seminar  chaired by The Honourable Mrs Justice Gloster, DBE.  The talk examined some of the issues raised in the recent case of Pioneer v Cosco, which was heard by the Court of Appeal in December 2011, and in which Luke appeared as junior counsel for Pioneer.

Duncan Matthews QC has been invited to speak on the topic of 'Conflicts and challenges of arbitrators' at a two day conference on "International Dispute Resolution involving Russian and CIS companies".

To celebrate their 2nd Anniversary in Maxwell Chambers, Singapore, the members of 20 Essex Street will be holding a seminar to look at developments in international arbitration relating to Bilateral Investment Treaties, enforcement of arbitration awards and potential difficulties raised by the imposition of sanctions.

At the invitation of SKULD, Hamburg, Sara Masters and Penelope Nevill were invited to address their annual Christmas conference on the topical and complex issue of the EU Sanctions regime.   

Sara Masters addressed the commercial aspects of sanctions such as "when can a ship owner say no", the level of protection provided by standard sanctions clauses and working around the US sanctions regime.  Penelope Nevill gave an introduction to the origins and workings of sanctions from a public international law perspective, looking at why sanctions regulations are growing in volume across the international, EU and national legal systems, why they present such a regulatory compliance challenge, and possible responses if faced with allegations of breach.  Brian Lee, a senior clerk with Chambers, also gave a brief presentation on the differences between barristers' chambers and solicitor firms."

The conference was held in the cargo hold of the MS Cap San Diego on the Elbe River.

Penelope Nevill recently delivered talks in Istanbul and Florence on the public international issues affecting the proposed gas pipeline through the Caspian Sea between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.   

  •  "Caspian Sea Legal Study: The proposed pipeline between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan" at the CIS Oil And Gas Transportation Conference: Strengthening The Oil And Gas Links Between the CIS, Europe And Asia, 13th Annual Meeting, 25-27 October 2011, Istanbul. The presentation explained the public international law issues arising from the proposed trans-Caspian Sea gas pipeline to an audience comprising government representatives from the CIS and Russia, industry and the EU Commission.

  • "EU-Caspian Basin Legal Issues: The Use of Law for Strategic Ends - The proposed pipeline between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan & EU-Iran Sanctions Law". This was the keynote speech at the EU Energy Law and Policy Workshop, Florence School of Regulation, EUI. The presentation summarised the public international law issues arising from the proposed trans-Caspian Sea pipeline, how the legal analysis influenced the political and legal process at EU level and the relationship between EU policy and initiatives on the pipeline and the EU's Iran sanctions regime, for an audience of academics, practising lawyers and representatives of industry and regulatory authorities.