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International trade and carriage by sea

Advising on contracts for the carriage of goods by sea is a core area of our expertise, and for clients the efficient and cost-effective management of disputes arising under these contracts is vital.

The firm has extensive experience in dealing with cargo damage recovery claims and acts regularly for ship owners and their P&I clubs. We also act for commodity trading houses, drafting terms of sale of goods and advising in respect of disputes arising, including GAFTA and FOSFA references.

The firm has particular expertise in defending cargo claims brought in respect of containerised and liquid bulk cargoes, but our capability in this area extends to all dry bulk, refrigerated and project cargoes under every form of contract for the carriage of goods by sea. We also assist clients through the process of salvage or on-sales of cargoes.

We have long experience of dealing with claims arising from the carriage of dangerous cargoes including cases involving cargoes such as calcium hypochlorite as well as those at risk of liquefaction. Reported cases include the (then) House of Lords decision in the Giannis NK which established the modern law on the meaning of ‘dangerous goods’ in the context of the Hague Rules. As necessary we draw on the specialist knowledge of our casualty team as well as working with our worldwide network of external experts.

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Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless, International House, 1 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1YL - Tel: +44 (0)20 7782 0990

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