• Mikayla Williams

    Mikayla Williams

  • Congress of the Spanish Maritime Law Association

    Congress of the Spanish Maritime Law Association

    Attendees:  Miguel Caballero from our London team will be attending.
    Date:            Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st May 2024
    Venue:         Uría Menéndez Auditorium

     

  • Jack Kennamer

    Jack Kennamer

  • Abigail Waag

    Abigail Waag

  • Steadying the Ship: Supreme Court Reinforces Choice-of-Law Provisions in Maritime Contracts   |  ZFZ Postcard Cases

    Steadying the Ship: Supreme Court Reinforces Choice-of-Law Provisions in Maritime Contracts | ZFZ Postcard Cases

    Great Lakes Insurance SE v. Raiders Retreat Realty Co., LLC:

    On February 21, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a decisive opinion in Great Lakes Insurance SE v. Raiders Retreat Realty Co., LLC, 601 U.S. 65 (2024), upholding the enforceability of choice-of-law provisions, marking a significant development in maritime law.

    The case involved a dispute over an insurance claim for a damaged vessel, which evolved into a complex legal analysis of contractual agreements and pinning state versus federal law. The following sections detail the factual background, judicial proceedings, and broader implications of this case, shedding light on its impact on maritime commerce and legal practices.

  • Don’t Change the Subject…  |  Case by Case (Ep. 80)

    Don’t Change the Subject… | Case by Case (Ep. 80)

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    On this week’s episode join Calum Cheyne and Karen Tsang where they discuss The Aquafreedom [2024] EWHC 255 (Comm) case and whether agreements on “subjects” or “subs” give rise to binding contracts.

    Another subjects case in the charterparty context, following hot on the heels of the Leonidas and the Newcastle Express. Something that we love to discuss on Case by Case.The “subject” of today’s episode is The Aquafreedom [2024] EWHC 255 (Comm) and whether agreements on “subjects” or “subs” give rise to binding contracts.

    The Claimant (“the Owners”) in these proceedings is the owner of the vessel Aquafreedom (“the Vessel”). The Defendant (“Trafigura”) contends that it was the charterer of that vessel. Both claim and counterclaim in these proceedings concern whether a 4 year time charterparty was concluded between the parties during negotiations in late January and early February 2023. The Owners contend that there is no real prospect of Trafigura resisting their claim for a declaration that no binding charterparty was concluded. Trafigura’s case is that there is a real prospect of showing that a binding charterparty was concluded either on 30 January 2023, or 6 February 2023.

    To read the full case – click here