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Contractual Delay – can we simplify the legal process?

Posted on: 22 April 2022

Maritime London delivered an event  for shipbuilders in South Korea, which was organised in partnership with members Hill Dickinson and hosted by the UK Department for International Trade on March 30th, 2022.

The event focused on how the English legal system and in particular London Arbitration is improving its processes with reference to delay claims in shipbuilding contracts. Participants included: UK Ambassador (Designate) to Seoul Colin James Crooks LVO; Ben Goss – Maritime Arbitrator, Mediator and Chartered Shipbroker (Moderator); Speakers: Thomas Bracewell – Newbuilding and Sale and Purchase Shipbroker, Arrow Shipbroking Group; Lewis Moore and Jeongkue (Jeff) Park – Partners, Hill Dickinson LLP; Michael Nolan QC – Quadrant Chambers; David Steward – President, London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).

Thomas Bracewell, Newbuilding lead at Arrow Shipbroking encouraged ship builders to, where possible, make maximum use of the broker to explore commercial routes to settlement before issues escalate into full-blown legal disputes.

Ben Goss of Goss Maritime, who moderated the event, developed the theme of dispute avoidance and early resolution further by introducing Dispute Boards: a panel of 1-3 independent, impartial specialists dedicated to helping keep projects on track and overcome issues along the way.

Lewis Moore, Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP commented: “London continues to develop techniques to assist parties resolve their disputes fairly and without unnecessary delay or expense. Delay disputes are the sort of claims to which these techniques can be effectively applied.”

Watch the full webinar here.

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