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Shipbuilding was once the art of transforming hundreds of hectares of oak forests into hulls. Master carpentry moved to iron and then steel hulls, and now we are on the cusp of the next shipbuilding revolution, where autonomous, 3D-printed, graphene-made, LNG-powered vessels will be built by specialized suppliers with white-coats and augmented reality smart-glasses.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated technological change in the Administration of Justice. Many routine direction hearings and interlocutory applications are now conducted remotely. However, there is a backlog in civil trials involving witnesses. Now, in certain circumstances, fully remote civil trials are being conducted.
On 6 April 2021, significant changes to the form and content of witness statements will come into effect in the Business & Property Courts (including the Commercial Court). A growing concern amongst judges at all levels as to the authenticity, utility, and accuracy of witness evidence has resulted in a major shake-up under the Civil Procedure Rules.
It is not often that a stranded vessel will make the headlines of everyday news, however when an ultra large containership does so in one of the busiest and most vital shipping canals in the world and prevents ships from passing either side, it becomes newsworthy.
The fourth edition of our most popular guide for claims handlers has launched, helping empower insurers, third party administrators, corporates and their claims teams to become less reliant on their lawyers
Case review 09/02/2021
Shippers' tender of draft clean bill is only an invitation for Master to assess the condition of the cargo
It is trite law that a bill of lading signed by the Master contains a representation by him as to the apparent condition of the cargo – indeed in the Nogar Marin (1987) it was said that “Everyone in the shipping trade knows” that the representation is based on the Master’s own reasonable assessment of the cargo.
On the surface, the London Market enters 2021 looking very different to its 2020 version. Underwriting rooms lay empty, offices unoccupied, pubs eerily quiet. But beyond the physical stillness, this world leading hub has not paused for breath. Digital systems and solutions have taken centre stage as the London Market has responded to a seismic shift in working patterns and insurance risks.
Kennedys is targeting US expansion with the addition of three new partners in two of its East Coast offices. Eric Hiller is joining the firm’s Miami office, bringing with him three associates, while Joshua Mooney and Sean Mahoney join the Philadelphia office.
Modern slavery has become a growing concern for businesses across all sectors, becoming an issue insurers are taking seriously.
In early December 2020, the UK government announced with considerable fanfare its approval of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. Around 40 million doses were ordered, and the UK’s mass vaccination programme commenced in December 2020, with the US, Canada, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia close behind. On 30 December 2020, the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine received UK approval with the first doses administered in early January.