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A practical talk by Sara Masters QC and Michael Collett QC on how to avoid commonly encountered procedural pitfalls that may derail an arbitration.

For more details, or to register for this seminar (which takes place at Maxwell Chambers, Singapore on 12 March), visit the Maxwell Chambers Website.

Sir Bernard Rix, Sara Masters QC and Michael Collett QC have been invited by MOOGAS (Marine Offshore Oil and Gas Association) to participate in a mock maritime arbitration in Singapore on 7 March 2014. The mock arbitration follows a morning seminar from the World Bank and will be based on the famous case of a contested interim application for removal of an arbitrator (Tidewater Inc. El al v The Bolivian Republic of Venezuela 2010). Places are still available and further details (including how to register) can be found in the attached flyer.

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".