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In Memoriam: Chris Fyans 1947-2017, President 2011-2014
January 2, 2018

Chris Fyans 1947-2017

As is well known London is a world leader in maritime dispute resolution and Chris Fyans who died suddenly on 14 December 2017 was one of London’s most highly respected maritime arbitrators.



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London Arbitration and the LMAA
December 18, 2017

Written primarily with the aim of introducing the Heavy Lift, Project Cargo and Freight Forwarding markets, the attached article, recently published in HLPFI, highlights in summary the benefits which London arbitration generally, and which London arbitration under LMAA Terms in particular, can offer contracting parties in the maritime and maritime-related fields. 

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Maritime Law Seminar, Shenzhen
December 8, 2017

The Maritime Law Seminar (the annual event of the Maritime Law Committee of the All China Lawyers Association) took place this year in Shenzhen, a major financial centre in Southern China, said to be China’s wealthiest city, with one of the busiest container ports in the world.

The event was hosted by the Maritime Law Committee, the China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), and the Guangdong and Shenzhen Lawyers Associations and co-hosted by the law schools of Dalian Maritime, Shanghai Maritime, Wuhan and Xiamen universities. 

The event was organised by four law firms from the region (including Reed Smith Richards Butler from Hong Kong) and sponsored by 15 national law firms and entities.

The LMAA was amongst eleven supporters, which also included CMAC Hong Kong and SCMA.

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Watch: LMAA Arbitration
November 24, 2017

The link below gives access to a recent interview of LMAA President, Ian Gaunt, by Marie Kelly of Norton Rose Fullbright about arbitrating under the LMAA Terms and recently introduced amendments to the LMAA Terms 2017, including the reasons why the LMAA Terms 2017 do not contain provision for appointment of emergency arbitrators.



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The CityUK Legal Services 2017 Report
November 23, 2017

TheCityUK has published its 2017 report on the contribution made to the British economy by the UK Legal Services and Dispute Resolution including details of the role played by maritime arbitration. The report can be accessed by following the link:

UK Legal Services 2017

Previous Reports can be accessed by clicking the below links:

UK Legal Services 2016

UK Legal Services 2015

The 2014 Legal Services report can be viewed here.

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London Arbitrators at ICMA XX
October 4, 2017

The twentieth triennial International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) was held in Copenhagen from 25 to 29 September 2017.  ICMA XX saw some 250 delegates attending from 35 countries. In total, 170 papers were submitted, many of which can be accessed on the Congress website (http://icma2017copenhagen.org/abstract.html).


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ICMA XX opens 25 September 2017
October 3, 2017

The twentieth International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA XX) opened in Copenhagen on 25 September and will run until 29 September.


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New Full Member: Clare Ambrose
October 3, 2017

The Association is pleased to report that Ms Clare Ambrose has been elected as a Full Member of the LMAA.

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In Memoriam
September 5, 2017

Colin Sheppard

The Association is very sad to report that Colin Sheppard died peacefully on Sunday, 3 September 2017 after a long and valiant battle with leukaemia.

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In Memoriam
August 9, 2017

It is with sadness that the Association records the death of Sir Anthony Colman.

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In Memoriam
July 14, 2017

Bruce Buchan

The Association is sad to advise that Bruce Buchan died peacefully at home on 11 July 2017 after a determined battle with cancer. 


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In Memoriam
July 10, 2017

Jonathan Hirst QC

It is with regret that we announce that Jonathan Hirst QC of Brick Court Chambers died on 11 July 2017.



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In Memoriam
June 30, 2017

Neil Medlyn

It is with sadness the LMAA records the death of Neil Medlyn, who was an Overseas Supporting Member of the Association since 2004.

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LMAA 2017 Terms Seminar at West of England
May 15, 2017

On 8 May 2017, the LMAA arranged an afternoon seminar at West of England Insurance Services SA in order to introduce the new Terms and Procedures and to offer users of LMAA arbitration an opportunity to raise any questions they may have regarding the new Terms, and indeed any other questions they may have regarding arbitration more generally.  

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LMAA Spring Seminar 2017
May 12, 2017

In May the Association held its annual Spring Seminar at the Baltic Exchange.                                                                                          

This year’s seminar introduced the new 2017 Terms and Procedures which came into effect on 1 May 2017 and will also included a presentation on notices in arbitration.

The President and Members of the Terms Revision Sub-Committee which produced the 2017 Terms and Procedures highlighted some of the more significant changes which have been introduced by the new Terms and Procedures and considered how it is hoped these changes will assist in making LMAA arbitration more efficient and cost effective

Lewis Moore of Hill Dickinson then considered the issue of notices commencing arbitration and highlighted some of the practical difficulties which can arise in relation both to the service and content of such notices. 

Copies of each speaker’s papers and slides can be found in the Papers & Articles section of the website.

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Changes to LMAA Officers and Committee May 2017
May 12, 2017

Further to the Association’s AGM which took place on 11 May 2017 John Tsatsas retired from the Committee by rotation. Chris Fyans retired as an elected member of the Committee and will continue to attend committee meetings ex officio as the second most recent past president.  Bruce Harris and Brian Williamson were elected to the Committee at the contested election for the two vacant places.
The new Committee therefore comprises:
Ian Gaunt - President
Clive Aston - Past President 
Bruce Harris
David Martin-Clark
Christopher Moss
Alan Oakley
Brian Williamson
Christopher Fyans - Second Past President attending ex officio
The other officers of the Association remain as follows : 
Daniella Horton - Honorary Secretary
Margareta Svigler  - Executive Secretary 

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April 19, 2017

On 10 January 2017, the President and the Honorary Secretary met with a visiting delegation from Xiamen.  
The deputation comprised eight delegates including 3 Judges of the Xiamen Maritime Court, Vice President Qiu Zhixiong, Presiding Judge Cai Fujun and Vice-Presiding Judge Hong Zhiefeng.  Chen Guoxiong, Judge of the Higher People’s Court of Fujian Province also joined the deputation.  

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2016 Statistics
March 29, 2017

The following table includes statistics for the number of appointments, arbitrations and awards published in recent years, including 2015.  The statistics for 2014, 2015 and 2016 include figures provided by full and aspiring full members of the LMAA as well as from barristers accepting appointments on LMAA Terms. They do not however include figures from supporting members of the LMAA accepting arbitration appointments. The statistics are not therefore a full capture of the number of appointments accepted on LMAA Terms in London in 2016 and so may slightly understate the complete figures. They do, however, show the number of new matters being referred to arbitration in London under LMAA Terms in 2016 as remaining high notwithstanding (or possibly because of) the prevailing poor drybulk market conditions. The number of awards published also remains firm at a high level.

These figures have been adjusted to reflect the fact that the same arbitration will show up in more than one return if full members involved as part of a tribunal of more than one arbitrator, according to the formulas used previously in producing the figures in the past Spring newsletters.

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Winter 2016-17 Newsletter
March 22, 2017

The Winter 2016-17 Newsletter has been published on the LMAA website, a link to which appears below.   

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Delegation from CMAC, CIETAC & Zhejiang Province Meets LMAA Officers
March 3, 2017

On 21 February 2017 the President and the Honorary Secretary met with a visiting delegation from China comprising the Vice President of the Arbitration Court of China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Ms Chen Bo, Secretary-General of CIETAC/CMAC Tianjin Center, Ms Xie Changqing, officers of CMAC Shanghai and CIETAC Zhejiang Sub-Commissions, representatives of Zhejiang Chamber of International Commerce led by Mr Huang Xiaohang, Executive Vice Chairman, and representatives of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government.

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Institute of Maritime Law Event
February 3, 2017

Institute of Maritime Law presents London – A safe haven for resolving disputes?

On 27 January 2017, the Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton held its first London event of 2017, a one-day seminar in conjunction with Reed Smith.  

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EMAC Delegation meets LMAA Officers
February 3, 2017

EMAC Delegation meets LMAA Officers

On 30 January 2017 the President, Honorary Secretary and members of the LMAA committee met with a visiting delegation from the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC), the recently established maritime arbitration centre located in Dubai, offering the Gulf region and surrounding countries a local arbitral institution with a ‘light touch’ administration to service the needs of the entire UAE, the Gulf region and surrounding countries. 


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In Memoriam
January 16, 2017

Sanjeev Bhandari

It is with sadness that the LMAA records the death of Sanjeev Bhandari, an Overseas Supporting Member of the Association for many years, who passed away on 4 January 2017.

Our thoughts are with Sanjeev’s family at this time.

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In Memoriam
November 18, 2016

After battling chronic illness over an extended period, we are very sorry to advise that Simon Everton lost a final battle to pneumonia and passed away on Saturday, 12 November 2016. 

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International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot 2016
August 8, 2016

This event was established by Professor Sarah Derrington at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2000 to extend interest in maritime law to students across Australia.  Associate Professor Kate Lewins took over the reins in 2006, when organisation of the event moved to Murdoch University of Western Australia, and the moot has since become an international event.
In recent years it has been held outside Australia in the UK in 2013 and in Hong Kong in 2014.  Now in its 16th year, the moot returned to the UK this year, with the rounds and the quarter-finals taking place in Exeter, with the semi-finals and finals taking place in London.
The event attracted participation from universities worldwide, particularly from Australia, the Indian sub-continent and the Asia-Pacific region. 40 teams took part in the written rounds of the event, with 25 teams participating in the oral rounds which took place here in the UK.  Well-deserved success went to this year’s moot winners, University of Sydney, who beat the Singapore Management University team in a closely fought final.
The event involved over 50 moots in total, each determined by a tribunal of three moot arbitrators.  The LMAA was pleased to support the event, with 15 members of the LMAA joining the total group of some 40 international arbitrators, judges, legal and maritime practitioners and academics who gathered in Exeter.  The LMAA also sponsored the prize for best newcomer team.  This year that prize was awarded to Exeter, who reached the quarter-finals and only narrowly missed a place in the semi-finals.
A full list of prize winners can be found on Murdoch University website and accessed via the below link:

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Singapore Seminar Bulletin
June 7, 2016

Singapore Seminar Bulletin
Users of London arbitration now extend far beyond the City of London and the reach of the various LMAA terms are global.  As such, the LMAA is keen to share its experience and insights into how most effectively to utilise its terms with its international users.  With this in mind, and as part of its ongoing programme of overseas seminars, the LMAA held its first event in Singapore last month.  
The event took the form of an afternoon seminar held at the Fullerton Hotel in the commercial business district of Singapore.  Interest in the event far exceeded originally anticipated audience numbers, such that the event needed to move from The Straits Room to The Ballroom in order to accommodate over 170 delegates who registered for the event.  
Nicholas Woo, partner at Birketts solicitors, chaired the first session comprising an introductory presentation from the Honorary Secretary, Daniella Horton and the papers of the President, Clive Aston and former Honorary Secretary and committee member, Ian Gaunt on the topics of commencement of arbitration and jurisdiction and preliminary issues respectively.
The second session was chaired by committee member, Ian Green and comprised papers on costs and on rights of appeal presented by committee member, David Martin-Clark and 20 Essex Street barrister presently based in Singapore, Simon Milnes respectively.
The two sessions were followed by a panel discussion involving Mark Sachs, partner at Thomas Cooper Singapore, Robert Joiner, partner at Wikborg Rein, Kelly Yap, partner at Oon & Bazul and Peter Doraisamy, director at Selvam LLC, which concluded the afternoon programme.  The seminar was then followed in the evening by a reception at Eden Hall, the residence of the British High Commissioner to Singapore.
The LMAA’s thanks go to the generosity of sponsors Birketts, 20 Essex Street, Thomas Cooper and Wikborg Rein, the hospitality of Eden Hall, as well as the invaluable local support and assistance of JCP Marine.


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UCL Commercial Maritime Law Conference - May 2016
June 6, 2016

Please find attached a copy of the keynote speech given by the President at the recent UCL Commercial Maritime Law Conference.

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Chinese Translation of LMAA Law Review 2013-2015
March 16, 2016

By way of addition to our growing library of translations of LMAA publications, we are pleased to attach a link to a Chinese translation of the LMAA Law Review 2013-2015. 

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LMAA Small Claims Procedure (2012) Chinese Translation
November 3, 2015

The LMAA is pleased to advise that it has added to its website a Chinese translation of the Small Claims Procedure 2012 and notes. 

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8th International conference on Maritime Law
October 28, 2015

The 8th International conference on Maritime Law was held in Dalian, China from 13 through 16 October 2015. Over 350 delegates attended from China and abroad.

The LMAA was represented by Clive Aston and Ian Gaunt who both gave papers which are available on the Papers section of the website.


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Honorary Secretary
October 27, 2015

The Committee of the LMAA is pleased to announce that Daniella Horton has been appointed to the position of Hon. Secretary of the Association in succession to Ian Gaunt with effect from 5 November 2015.

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OW Bunker Appeal
October 26, 2015

Court of Appeal gives judgement on OW Bunker appeal

On 22 October 2015 the Court of Appeal gave judgement in the appeal from the first instance judgement of Males J which has been awaited by the maritime community with anxious anticipation.


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Guidelines on Procedure under the LMAA Small Claims Procedure
October 12, 2015

The Association has on 12th October 2015 published Guidelines on Procedure under the LMAA Small Claims Procedure.

These are intended to ensure strict compliance with the fast and low cost regime established by the terms of that procedure.

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Oslo and Copenhagen Seminars
September 24, 2015

On 15 and 17 September 2015 the Association co-hosted seminars in Oslo and Copenhagen. 

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Maritime Growth Study - Report
September 9, 2015

Maritime Growth Study: Keeping the UK competitive in a global market.

The report is the culmination of a ten month process that included a formal call for evidence, interviews with key industry stakeholders and industry specific workshops. 
The Study highlights the great strengths of the UK maritime sector including world class marine engineering expertise and innovation, internationally renowned business services, and globally recognised maritime training with qualifications attracting students from around the world. 

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BIMCO Double Jeopardy - Trial by Media, Trial by Law
June 23, 2015

This two part presentation took place on 3rd November 2014.

The first part focused on the importance of media presentation and how to deal with pressure from environmental groups in the aftermath of a bunker spill in a US river and the second part focused on arbitration.

Bruce Buchan had participated as the Chairman of the arbitration tribunal and John Tsatsas had represented the Owners.

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Guidelines on Procedure under the LMAA Terms 2012
May 1, 2015

The Association has on 1st May 2015 published Guidelines on Procedure under the LMAA Terms 2012.

These are intended to control delays and costs in arbitrations conducted under the LMAA Terms 2012.

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New publication: Bills of Lading Incorporating Charterparties by Dr Melis Ozdel
March 12, 2015

Bills of Lading Incorporating Charterparties by Dr Melis Ozdel

The Association is pleased to give notice of the newly published "Bills of Lading Incorporating Charterparties" written by LMAA Supporting Member Dr Melis Özdel of UCL.

Dr Özdel will be speaking on this subject at ICMA XIX. 


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Chinese Translation of LMAA Terms (2012)
August 27, 2014

The translation can be viewed on the link here.


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5th edition of the leading commentary on The Arbitration Act 1996
June 9, 2014

A new (fifth) edition has been published of the leading commentary on The Arbitration Act 1996 by Bruce Harris, Rowan Planterose and Jonathan Tecks (under publisher Wiley Blackwell).

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SMLC (AP) Meeting, Tokyo
June 9, 2014

A meeting of  the LMAA Supporting Members Liaison Committee (Asia Pacific) took place in Tokyo on 3 June.

The President, Hon Secretary and Past President Chris Fyans attended and also participated in a seminar  arranged for the Japan P & I Club and invited guests.

Subjects covered included the use and abuse of experts in maritime arbitration, recent cases on incorporation of charterparty terms and arbitration agreements in bills of lading and considerations in dealing with mediations.

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BIMCO Awards - Dubai
May 14, 2014

LMAA Past Presidents Bruce Harris and John Tsatsas took part in a BIMCO organised mock arbitration and seminar in Dubai at its AGM in May  2014.

John Tsatsas received the first ever Cairns-Hamsen Award presented by BIMCO for his exceptional contribution to its documentary work as member and latterly as Chairman of the BIMCO Documentary Committee.

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The CityUK 2012 & 2013 Reports
October 10, 2013

TheCityUK has published its 2013 report on the contribution made to the British economy by the UK maritime business including details of the role played by maritime arbitration. The report can be accessed by following the link:

Maritime Business Services report


The 2012 Dispute Resolution report can be viewed here.

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The State of London Maritime Arbitration
September 19, 2013

The London Maritime Arbitrators Association’s Ian Gaunt explains in his article for the Baltic Magazine (Autumn 2013) why arbitration is more important than ever in today’s cash-strapped markets, and why London is still the dominant seat. 
The article can be viewed here.

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Legal Arbitration Workshop: Contract Renunciation: London Arbitrators Explain What Matters
September 11, 2013

“Another sad case in which the charterers of a vessel have found that market conditions are making it impossible for them to continue to perform” provided the scenario for an arbitration workshop, organised jointly by the London Maritime Arbitrators Association and the London Shipping Law Centre which took place this Monday September 9th at the beginning of London International Shipping Week.

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Shanghai Seminar
April 23, 2013

The  Association held a seminar in Shanghai on 15 April under the title "Arbitrating in Difficult Market Conditions". The audience comprised some 230 representatives of shipyards, shipping companies and Chinese and international law firms. 

The seminar was co-organised by Shanghai International Shipping Institute and in co-operation with Tradewinds. The President introduced the work of the LMAA and Clive Aston and Ian Gaunt gave presentations on current issues concerning charterparties and shipbuilding contracts.

Copies of the papers in English and Chinese can be accessed on the papers section of the website or through the LMAA office: info@lmaa.org.uk.

The seminar was followed by the second meeting of the Association's Supporting Members Liaison Committee (Asia Pacific).

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The Supporting Members Liaison Committee (Asia Pacific)
September 11, 2012

The LMAA is proud to announce the formation of a Supporting Members Liaison Committee in the Asia Pacific region.  It will be complimentary to the London Liaison Committee and its purpose will be to provide a perspective on matters pertaining to London Arbitration and the LMAA from the Asia Pacific region.

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LMAA Seminars in Tokyo & Seoul
May 7, 2010

The Association held two major seminars in Tokyo and Seoul on 16th and 22nd April 2010.

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Appeals in Maritime Arbitration
May 24, 2009

The Commercial Court Users’ Committee has asked Lord Mance to investigate the question of appeals from arbitration awards.

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BIMCO/LMAA Arbitration Clause
March 17, 2009

With the introduction by the LMAA of The Intermediate Claims Procedure (2009) designed to deal with claims of between USD 100,000 and 400,000, the LMAA has worked with BIMCO to produce some recommended additional wording for its Dispute Resolution Clause/Law and Arbitration Clause 1998.

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March 9, 2009

The Baltic Exchange and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) have teamed up to establish a mediation service for shipping and commodity related disputes.

Drawing on the experience of both senior Baltic Exchange members with hands on shipbroking expertise and LMAA mediators, the service will offer companies an alternative to arbitration and court litigation as a means of resolving disputes.

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LMAA Mediation
January 5, 2007

A panel of Full Members of the LMAA prepared to accept appointments as mediators has been established. The following are members of the panel:

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