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Maritime Disputes Newsletter – November 202025 November 2020

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Welcome to the fourth edition of Watson Farley & Williams’ maritime disputes newsletter.

In this issue we highlight:

A number of significant RECENT MARITIME DECISIONS made by the English courts, including:

  • An important decision which clarifies whether both damages and demurrage are available in relation to a single breach of a voyage charterparty.
  • A case in which WFW acted for the successful lenders, where arguments that personal guarantees of shipping loans had been the result of undue influence, were rejected.
  • A potentially far-reaching decision concerning liability arising out of ship scrapping.

Decisions made by the English courts on MORE GENERAL CONTRACT TOPICS, which include:

  • The Supreme Court’s final word on the governing law of an arbitration agreement.
  • A decision which has refined the rule against the recovery of reflective loss.
  • The approach to the interpretation of standard form contracts.

We are also delighted to welcome new partner, Marcus Dodds, to our London disputes team. Marcus is a highly experienced litigator and former ship’s Captain, with over thirty years’ experience in the maritime sector. Read more about Marcus’ arrival here.

Finally, we are delighted to welcome Anastasia Dola, a senior associate, to our Athens disputes team. Anastasia is an experienced maritime disputes lawyer, having worked for another leading maritime law firm for 12 years, as well as for a Greek-based shipowner.


Should you wish to discuss the matters raised in this newsletter, please speak with a member of our team on the right, or your regular contact at Watson Farley & Williams.

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