CJC Currents - Autumn 2022

Welcome to CJC Currents, the publication from Campbell Johnston Clark which offers a blend of industry updates, practical reviews of key cases affecting international trade and company news.

Grain ships cross the sea of sanctions 

The Russia/Ukraine conflict has had a significant impact on CJC’s clients, raising multi-faceted issues on War Risk cover, dispute resolution and obligations under the Maritime Humanitarian Corridor scheme. In this article, we provide insights into the types of situations that our lawyers have been dealing with.

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Contaminated bunkers hit Singapore again

The problem of contaminated bunkers has once again reared its ugly head in Singapore, after a spate of similar incidents in 2017 and 2018.

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Singapore's Decarbonisation Blueprint - working towards 2050

Singapore’s Decarbonisation Blueprint is an important initiative towards a greener future which may  raise legal issues, writes Henry Setiono, Senior Associate in CJC’s Singapore office.

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The new Commercial Court Guide - key issues for clients


Remote working arrangements and conventional innovations covering disclosure and trial witness statements have brought changes to the Commercial Court Guide, writes Joehunt Jinnah, Associate at CJC.

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The crossing rules revisited

A Supreme Court decision referring the collision of ALEXANDRA 1 and EVER SMART back to the Admiralty Court continues deliberations over vessel crossing rules, the limited circumstances where a rule can be overridden and how the crossing and narrow channel rules can apply at the same time. Andrew Gray, Director and Mariner, and  Evgenia Kanellopoulou, Trainee Solicitor, both from CJC’s London office, provide an update.

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When is a bill of lading contract not a contract of carriage?

William Stansfield, Senior Associate in CJC’s London office, reviews the recent High Court decision in UniCredit Bank v Euronav. 

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Covid restrictions and force majeure

The Commercial Court considered the validity of the Buyer’s termination of a vessel sale contract on the basis that Covid lockdown restrictions constituted a force majeure event preventing the Seller from transferring title in the Vessel. Review by Lucinda Roberts, Senior Associate, CJC.

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Collision security - what is reasonable?

The Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of the High Court in M/V Pacific Pearl Co Limited v Osios David Shipping in favour of the Appellants, who had offered security in the form of a Club LOU which was rejected by the Respondents because of the inclusion of a sanctions clause. Review by Keeley Edmondson, Associate, CJC. 
 

New Appointments 

CJC has made two key appointments in the UK, strengthening its litigation and transactional teams. Neil Jackson joins our Newcastle office as Senior Associate to advise owners and charterers on dry shipping law. Meanwhile, Harry Savva re-joins CJC’s London office as Senior Associate specialising in transactional, commercial, corporate and finance matters in shipping and energy. For details, see here.

Also welcomed to the CJC team in recent months are Henry Setiono, Senior Associate, Singapore; Henry Andrews, a Master Mariner with over a decade of maritime experience, who joins our London office as Trainee Solicitor; and David Fittis, Trainee Solicitor, CJC Newcastle. 

In addition, the firm is also delighted to congratulate Cassandra Annum (London) and Joehunt Jinnah (Singapore) as having qualified as Associates.  

Inspiring return to in-person events


CJC staff have been delighted to get back on the road during 2022 and re-connect with clients and colleagues face-to-face, from the USA to India and Singapore to Piraeus. CJC Director Andrew Gray reflects on what shipping has learned after its enforced travel hiatus. 

Pictured (l-r): Ian Short, Cecilie Rezutka and Andrew Gray, en route to Nor-Shipping in Oslo
 
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CJC connects in India


CJC Director Jacqueline Zalapa is pictured (far left) during her trip to Mumbai, India in April 2022, where she visited clients and friends of the firm. 

During her visit, Jacqueline presented seminars on English law and procedure and met, amongst others, Sanjam Gupta, the co-founder of WISTA India, the national chapter of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association). WISTA is a global organisation which was founded in 1974 and is today supported by 54 countries. Its mission is to attract and support women in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors.

24 Peaks in support of seafarers 


Early July saw CJC’s Richard Hickey taking on the 24 Peaks Challenge as part of a team of hikers led by CJC’s client Carisbrooke raising money for The Seafarers’ Charity. The challenging event has been running for over 15 years but was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19. Having completed the two-day trek, Richard enjoyed what also proved to be a bonding experience for industry peers, although he echoed the advice event organisers give to potential participants – do not underestimate “the Ultimate Lake District Challenge”.

“It was much tougher than I expected, to be honest,” he said. “On the first day we covered 20 miles and climbed 2,500 metres, while there were 13 summits to reach on the second day. Conditions were also fairly normal for July in the Lake District (that is to say, atrocious!).”

Makeover for CJC's Mansell Street HQ

CJC’s London office has been at the heart of its development over the last 12 years as a global maritime law firm, and has since been joined by offices in Miami, Newcastle and Singapore.

Rather than moving to new premises, CJC recently commissioned a major refurbishment at its headquarters. In addition to renovating all office spaces, updating IT systems, outfitting a new reception area, installing a small gym and creating a new social area, CJC now occupies the whole ground floor, lower ground floor and first floor at No. 59. The investment enhances surroundings for our staff and clients while also preparing the firm for further growth.

UK Chamber offers a warm welcome 

The UK Chamber of Shipping provided an opportunity for representatives from CJC’s dispute resolution and transactional teams each to take a table at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner, held at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in February 2022. Maria Borg Barthet, Andrew Gray, Allen Marks and Ian Short hosted for dispute resolution, while guests on the transactional table joined James Clayton, David Owens, Amy Lindemann, and Francesca Norman.

Attended by over 800 guests, the dinner is one of the highlights in London’s maritime calendar, gathering senior figures in UK shipping under the auspices of the UK Chamber, which represents the industry to politicians and the public. CJC is proud to be a member of the UK Chamber of Shipping.

Further information:

CJC Currents is a publication which is edited by CJC Directors Ian ShortDavid Owens and Associate Cecilie Rezutka and consists of contributions by the firm's directors, associates and consultants. Please send any suggestions or comments to ian@cjclaw.com or david@cjclaw.com.
 
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