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CJC Currents | October 2019

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CJC Currents  |  October 2019

Welcome to CJC Currents, a new publication from Campbell Johnston Clark which offers a blend of company news, industry updates, reviews of key marine cases and notes on related topics.


Campbell Johnston Clark opens in Miami

Campbell Johnston Clark opened a Miami office on September 1st, after appointing well-known Florida-based litigator Neil Bayer as a partner. Bayer, who joined CJC from Kennedys, heads a team focusing on marine claims, with an emphasis on hull and yacht work.

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IMO 2020 Regulation looms large

As is well known, the IMO low sulphur regulations enter into force from 1 January 2020. CJC is frequently consulted to advise shipping companies on contractual terms and other legal issues arising. According to Ian Short: “By now, prudent owners and charterers ought to have started taking practical and legal steps ahead of the IMO 2020 Regulations coming into force.”

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LISW 2019 provides focal point

London International Shipping Week 2019 offered a huge array of options for locals and visitors alike, with around 200 events taking place, but one thing catching the eye was the accelerating application of new technologies across the shipping industry, says CJC Partner Andrew Gray.

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Reflections on deck cargo liability

In an extract from the article ‘Liability for deck cargo and the Hague-Visby Rules: some reflections’, published in the Lloyd’s Shipping & Trade Law Journal, Filippo Lorenzon and Tim Guyer follow up on the recent High Court judgement in the case of Elin to offer a thorough review of exclusion clauses relating to the carriage of deck cargo and how they should be interpreted under English law.

Arctic sheds light on terms and conditions

A Demise Charterers’ obligation to keep the vessel in class is not necessarily a condition of the charterparty. So said the Court of Appeal in the recent judgment, Ark Shipping Co LLC v. Silverburn Shipping (IOM) Ltd, The “ARCTIC”  [2019] EWCA Civ 1161, in a Judgment which provides useful guidance on the proper interpretation of parties’ continuing obligations during the life of a bareboat charterparty. Alex Hudson, Senior Associate in CJC’s Newcastle Office, provides further details.

SCOPIC charges ruled out 

In August 2012, a fire broke out in the engine room of Renos, causing extensive damage. Owners appointed salvors under an LOF 2011 and invoked the Special Compensation Protection and Indemnity Clause (SCOPIC). Duncan Ealand, a Senior Associate in CJC’s London Office, explains what happened next and how the Supreme Court has provided clarity on which expenses can count towards a constructive total loss (CTL) calculation.

Singapore singled out

The August 2019 issue of Asia Legal Business included Campbell Johnston Clark in its Ones to Watch feature as “the only international firm on this year’s list”.

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On call Response for IMCC Dublin 2019

CJC Response Consultant and security expert Richard Pryor gave a presentation to The International Marine Claims Conference (IMCC Dublin 2019) on September 25th, focusing on terrorism investigations on board ships.


Southampton Short Course with a twist

Andrew Gray and Debo Fletcher presented at the 46th Southampton Maritime Law Short Course on September 4th, sustaining a precedent set by Alistair Johnston and Maria Borg Barthet for over a decade, in offering an interactive case study involving a ‘collision with a difference’.

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Sea Change at Maritime Cyprus

CJC will be out in force at Maritime Cyprus, which takes place at the Carob Mill Conference Centre, Limassol between October 6-9. This year’s event is themed ‘Sea Change’ to reflect shifts in established shipping business models, regulatory challenges, environmental protection and technological transformation.

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CJC new joiners

The opening of the new CJC office in Miami has brought a significant influx of experience to the firm and specialised expertise in abroad spectrum, of insurance-based matters. The Miami operation is being led by Director, Neil Bayer who is listed as among the Best Lawyers in America for Admiralty and Maritime litigation, and is joined by Associate, Chase Jansson, and Cindy Delgado.

CJC’s busy ship transactional team continues to expand, with new talent joining at all levels. The latest addition, Amy Lindeman, joins CJC as Senior Associate Solicitor, specialising in ship and offshore finance transactions, restructurings, sale and purchase, construction contracts and general commercial shipping arrangements. Also joining in recent weeks has been Francesca Norman, a newly qualified lawyer with significant asset finance experience who did her training contract at K and L Gates.Also joining our London office: Christopher Chane, a trainee solicitor who completed a BSc(Hons) in Politics and International Relations at the University of Exeter before undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at BPP University Law School; and Samuel Jones, a trainee solicitor who completed his LLB at the University of Southampton and undertook his Legal Practice Course at The University of Law.

Upbeat after Dragon Boat Race

A team of CJC canoeists was once more out in force at the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race, which this year took place on September 13th with London Shipping Week in full swing. Alongside 26 other teams, CJC was delighted to participate for the 6th time in what has become a special event in the maritime calendar that combines competition with our peers,  fund-raising and fun.

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Ambassadorial role at Sailors’ Society

CJC is honoured to serve as an Ambassador of the Sailors’ Society, raising awareness of Sailors’ Society and its work, and encouraging financial support. One of our London Office directors, Jacqueline Zalapa, is also serving as a Trustee of both the Sailors’ Society of England & Wales, and Scotland.  Founded over 200 years ago in 1818, the Sailors’ Society is one of the most comprehensive seafarers’ support charities in the world, and is dedicated to caring for merchant seafarers. The Sailors’ Society works in 30 countries around the world supporting seafarers and their families, at home, in port and at sea. Donations are welcome- https://www.sailors-society.org/give.

Best performers join CJC

Every year, CJC sponsors Southampton Law School’s ‘best performer’ in the International Trade Law module of the LLM in Maritime Law to join us as a temporary intern in our London office. This year’s successful candidate was Magdulein Abaida, who spent week commencing September 9th, 2019 with us, working in support of the team as needed. On her last day in the office, Magdulein received an award to mark her time with CJC from Associate Kaan Polat.

Further information:

CJC Currents is produced with and edited by the firm’s directors, associates and consultants. Please send any suggestions or comments to London Director, Ian Short at ian@cjclaw.com

Campbell Johnston Clark provides a one-stop service to clients covering all aspects of shipping & international trade in every sector. Our clients are based around the globe and include leading operators, ship owners, Fortune 500 and FTSE listed companies, start-up ventures, investment banks, private equity houses, P&I clubs, hull & machinery, and liability insurers.

Our aim is to deliver a quality value-added service to clients by providing direct and focused access to an expert legal team at competitive rates.

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