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Welcome to the first edition of Logistics: Bite-Size Insights, our newsletter focusing on all things haulage-related, providing oversight of current developments and topics of note in the industry.
In a message to stakeholders on 23 April 2021, Lloyd’s announced that it was considering whether to close its Salvage Arbitration Branch, a move which if confirmed would leave the future of the administration of its Standard Form of Salvage Agreement and the ultimate survival of the Lloyd’s Open Form in the balance.
No one really knows what patterns or practices we will all adopt once the COVID-19 crisis has passed its peak, but there are already clear signs that some changes are here to stay. Industries that had either never imagined functioning virtually, or thought that such change would take years to implement, have adapted and acclimatised to the ‘new normal.’ The legal industry certainly falls into this category and has adapted at pace.
Kennedys has today announced the latest phase of its expansion with the launch of a new office in Perth, Australia. It is the firm’s 43rd office and second new office opening so far this year.
On 19 March 2021 the government published its Briefing Paper on its Freeports Policy following the announcement that eight successful freeport location bidders in England had been chosen to progress to the next stage of the process. This article develops some of the issues raised in our September 2020 thought piece “Does UK’s freeports plan offer a post-Brexit trade solution?” and considers some of the issues and continuing uncertainties surrounding the anticipated governance of the successful freeports.
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.
At the beginning of February, Singapore became the latest Asian jurisdiction to introduce mandatory data breach notification rules. The new rules were enacted as amendments to Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA”), which has been in effect for more than six years.