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Chamber of Shipping Webinar
August 5, 2020

On 4 August 2020 LMAA arbitrator and Aspiring Full Member, Donald Chard, presented a webinar to members of the Chamber of Shipping on Arbitration. The audience exceeded 50 participants and included shipowners and operators, P&I Club representatives, solicitors and specialist service providers.

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London leads in Maritime Arbitration – again!
August 3, 2020

Two studies published last week have highlighted the leading position of London as the preferred place for the resolution of maritime disputes by arbitration.

The third annual report by HFW (Maritime Arbitration in Numbers) confirms that the number of arbitrations started in London in 2019, the 60th anniversary of the LMAA, exceeded those in its nearest competitors, Singapore and Hong Kong, by an enormous margin (especially given some questions that arise about the Singapore figures), continuing and consolidating a tradition which has been well established for many years. According to published statistics too, the number of awards published in maritime arbitration cases in London was many times that of all competitors combined.

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International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot 2020 Results
July 16, 2020

Having taken the difficult decision to cancel the oral rounds of the Moot, scheduled to take place in Singapore earlier this month, the competition proceeded through the written stage of the moot and was determined on the documents.

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LMAA Guidelines for Virtual Hearings
July 14, 2020

Further to the President’s previous messages, highlighting the Association’s focus on London arbitration continuing to function throughout the pandemic period, and based on experience gleaned since then, the LMAA Working Group has produced the attached guidance as to the procedures and etiquette to be adopted in virtual hearings and for possible inclusion (in whole or in part) in related directions.  

Although at this stage predominantly aimed at wholly virtual hearings, during the current ongoing government restrictions, it is anticipated that the relevance of these guidelines will continue into the future as quasi-virtual, hybrid hearings (involving participation by some parties physically in a hearing room and some virtually) become an increasingly usual and viable option available to parties. 

It is envisaged that these Guidelines will develop, as experience is gained and accumulated by all involved parties, and Members are actively encouraged to offer their feedback to the Association, as indicated in the Guidelines.


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In Memoriam
June 15, 2020

Simon Kverndal QC

After fighting cancer for over two years, and a recent bout of pneumonia, Simon Kverndal QC passed away peacefully in hospital on Sunday, 14th June with Sophie, his wife, and his sons at his side.


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COVID-19 Notices to Membership
June 5, 2020

Please follow the below links to the 'Papers & Articles' section for articles on COVID-19 and Arbitration Hearings:

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Great Expectations: tips on securing your first arbitral appointment and starting out as an arbitrator
June 5, 2020

Please follow the below link to an article from Twenty Essex Chambers:

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Managing Sanctions Risk for Maritime Arbitrators
June 5, 2020

Please follow the below link to an article to which LMAA Full Member, David Steward, had contributed on the basis of recent experience in cases involving US sanctions:



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WATCH: Virtual Hearings: adapting to the new reality
June 3, 2020

Please find below links to a recording, the introduction given by Ian Gaunt and the result of the poll taken of those attending.


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Changes to LMAA Officers and Committee May 2020
May 21, 2020

Further to the Association’s first virtual AGM, held on 20 May 2020, the following changes to the LMAA Officers and Committee can be confirmed.

Following the receipt of three candidate nominations for the three available spaces on the Committee, David Steward was elected to the Committee for a first term and Mike Allen and Bruce Harris, having retired by rotation but being eligible for re-election, were re-elected to the Committee. Clare Ambrose stepped down from the Committee.

Having served a total of three years as President, Ian Gaunt stepped down from the role and Bruce Harris has been elected by the new Committee as the next President of the Association.

In accordance with the above, the LMAA Officers and Committee now comprise:


Bruce Harris - President

Ian Gaunt – Immediate Past President

Clive Aston – Second Past President (sitting ex officio)

Michael Allen

Mark Hamsher

Sarra Kay

Alan Oakley

David Steward


The other officers of the Association remain unchanged, being:


Daniella Horton - Honorary Secretary

Margareta Svigler  - Executive Secretary


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Webinar: English Shipping Law Takes Lockdown in its Stride
May 7, 2020

The President, Ian Gaunt, took part in the Webinar on the effect of Covid-19 on London dispute resolution organised by Maritime London and Quadrant Chambers.

It is clear that with steps put in place London maritime arbitration will continue to function much as before the crisis. However we have embraced the use of virtual hearings to prevent slippage. LMAA arbitrations are continuing to be conducted with minimal interruptions through virtual hearings and customary documents-only procedures. In future it may be expected that procedures adopted in the current crisis will continue to influence the conduct of dispute resolution, the most obvious example being the remote hearing of witness evidence.


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New Full Members: Charles Baker, Daniella Horton, Peter Jago and Dr Aleka Sheppard
April 21, 2020

The Association is pleased to report that Charles Baker, Daniella Horton, Peter Jago and Dr Aleka Sheppard have been elected as Full Members of the LMAA.

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LMAA Numbers Continue to Rise
April 6, 2020

The 2019 statistics of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association indicate that London, and LMAA arbitration in particular, has further consolidated its position as the world’s leading place for the resolution of disputes in the maritime industry and related commercial sectors (including dispute concerning construction of offshore units).

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2019 Statistics
March 30, 2020

The following table includes statistics for the number of appointments, arbitrations and awards published in recent years, including 2019.  

As with 2014 - 2018, the 2019 statistics include figures provided by Full and Aspiring Full members of the LMAA as well as by barristers known to accept appointments on LMAA Terms and Procedures.


These figures do not however include figures from other Supporting Members of the LMAA who accept arbitration appointments or indeed from any other arbitrators worldwide who accept appointments on LMAA Terms and Procedures.  The statistics are not therefore a full capture of the number of appointments, references and awards under LMAA Terms and Procedures in 2019 and will almost certainly understate the complete figures.

In a continuing flat market, the statistics remain robust with over 2900 appointments made in total and over 500 awards published last year.

As in previous years the figures in respect of the total number of awards and references have been adjusted according to formulae previously adopted to reflect the fact that the same arbitration reference and award is likely to appear in the figures provided by more than one LMAA member where the tribunal is made up of more than one arbitrator.  


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March 23, 2020

The LMAA has taken steps to protect its employees by isolation and this will continue until the UK Government’s guidance suggests that contact may be safely resumed. Therefore those requiring the services of the LMAA office, and of our Executive Secretary, Margareta Svigler, in particular, are asked to communicate exclusively by email to info@lmaa.london or telephone to +44(0)20 7283 7701.

In case of emergency you may also contact our Hon Secretary, Daniella Horton, at dhorton@hortation.com, or telephone +44 (0)20 8325 6631. The Baltic Exchange Building will be closed until further notice but the office’s business will continue to be conducted remotely and will be functional for all normal business.

Requests for the appointment of arbitrators in SCP and other cases may continue to be sent by email to the LMAA at The Baltic Exchange and will be redirected as necessary. Requests for certifications by the Hon Secretary or the President may also be directed to the Executive Secretary by email at info@lmaa.london

Arrangements for Case Management Conferences in current cases may be made by arrangement with the parties, using conferencing technology such as FaceTime, Skype or Zoom, or of course by telephone conference call. The LMAA is working with the IDRC and other concerned parties to promote the use of available technology to enable virtual hearings to be held as necessary. I would draw your attention to the facilities of the IDRC and Opus 2 for electronic hearings and video conferencing which are already available:




There should be no significant effect on cases proceeding on documents alone (which make up the significant majority of arbitrations under LMAA Terms). 

We request that payments to the LMAA and individual arbitrators and tribunals be made by bank transfer wherever possible, rather than by cheque.  Please also use email wherever possible in communicating with the LMAA. If you nevertheless wish to send any application or other documents by mail please also send a copy by email. Please do not send documents by courier.

We hope that all our members are able to remain safe during this pandemic and assure you that the LMAA's services, and the services of LMAA arbitrators, will continue to be available (except of course if an arbitrator is incapacitated by illness). We hope however that you will understand that in some cases there may be a slight delay in responding to requests and enquiries.

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March 18, 2020

LMAA delegates joined maritime arbitrators from around the world for the biennial International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) at its 21st Congress held in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; the event’s first to be held in Latin America.


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Bangkok Talk
February 14, 2020

Past President Clive Aston spoke at the Thailand Arbitration Centre in Bangkok on 5th February 2020 on the subject of Arbitrating Maritime Claims in London.

This was the first LMAA event in Thailand and was attended by 40 delegates, representing local shipping companies, lawyers and agents. A lively Q&A session rounded off a successful afternoon event.


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LMAA Presentation to Students at CCLS, Queen Mary College, University of London
February 14, 2020

Forming part of the LMAA’s ongoing programme in support of maritime law students worldwide, on 5 February 2020 the Honorary Secretary joined students taking the Maritime Arbitration module of the QM International Shipping Law LLM at their Maritime Arbitration Process lecture to share with them insights into London maritime arbitration. 


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London maritime arbitration - an influencer for the 2020s
January 31, 2020

Members' attention is drawn to the article on London arbitration by James Clanchy. The article can be found in the Papers & Articles section of the website under 'Other Papers'.

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Visit to CCLS of Judges from South Korea
September 23, 2019

On 17 September 2019 the President took part in an exchange with senior Korean judges at Queen Mary University of London.

The meeting was arranged by Sir William Blair and QMUL. Mr Sung Keun Yoon Presiding Judge, Seoul High Court of Korea and Mr Junhyeon Yi, Director of Judicial Procedure were among those who took part. The meeting enabled the President to explain the position and work of the LMAA and to discuss issues of procedure and the enforcement in Korea of London arbitration awards.


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London International Shipping Week 2019: LMAA and Maritime London Seminar
September 16, 2019

On 10 September 2019 the LMAA held a seminar jointly arranged with Maritime London at the offices of Reed Smith LLP. The seminar took place as one of the events within the framework of London International Shipping Week which was successfully staged for the third time and which attracted a record number of overseas participants.

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CIETAC Conference, London
September 11, 2019

On 6 September 2019 the President took part with representatives of CIETAC, the LCIA and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in a London conference organised around CIETAC to discuss best practice in international commercial arbitration and to compare experience.

The President drew attention to the preference for ad hoc arbitration in the maritime field and the large number of arbitrations conducted in London on this basis, compared to the considerably smaller numbers in all sectors reported by leading international arbitral institutions (including the ICC). He suggested that, in devising international standards and rules defining “best practice” in "international commercial arbitration", the experience of the LMAA and other bodies concerned with ad hoc arbitration needed to be properly taken into account by the IBA, ICCA and other arbitral institutions.

Dr Li the Deputy Secretary General of CIETAC expressed satisfaction that the English courts had recently shown willingness to recognise CIETAC arbitration awards and spoke of the high procedural standards applied by CIETAC. Audley Sheppard QC chairman of the Board of the LCIA, referring to the Prague Rules, and Mr Johan Gernandt of the SCC, spoke of the need to recognise the differences between English adversarial procedures and the different procedures applied in civil  law systems in relation to pleadings/memorials, disclosure and witness evidence and for the positive features of each to be recognised and implemented in international commercial arbitration practice.


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CIArb’s Diploma in International Maritime Arbitration
September 11, 2019

The Association is delighted to announce that it is supporting CIArb’s new Diploma in International Maritime Arbitration.

The Maritime Arbitration Diploma is an intensive 9-day course, specifically designed for maritime professionals wishing to become familiar with international maritime arbitration law and practice.   

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LMAA - SMU Event July 2019
September 5, 2019

On 2 July 2019 the second of three planned annual LMAA lecture events took place at SMU (Shanghai Maritime University) in Shanghai, China. Officers and arbitrators of the Association (the President, Immediate Past President and Honorary Secretary) were joined by London barrister, Andrew Stevens to present to the audience of predominantly local shipping industry representatives (from in particular legal, insurance, shipowning and operating backgrounds) an afternoon of practical sessions covering the commencement and interlocutory stages of a Terms arbitration, a Small Claims Procedure arbitration and more general guidance on points to be aware of when preparing for and conducting arbitration in London.

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Appointments to the Supreme Court
July 24, 2019

The Queen has approved the appointment of Lord (Robert) Reed as the next President of Supreme Court, alongside three new Justices.

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The Maritime Arbitration Universe in Numbers: One Year On
May 29, 2019

In 2018 HFW published a report on maritime dispute resolution worldwide, based on HFW's analysis of statistics for cases handled in various maritime arbitration centres.  In May HFW published an updated second report. For details of the report, please follow the  link: 


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The Hirst Lecture
May 23, 2019

Sir Christopher Clarke gives Jonathan Hirst memorial Lecture, London: the venue of choice for international disputes in the year ahead? 

The Brick Court Chambers annual lecture in memory of Jonathan Hirst QC was given at Temple Place on 20 May. In it, Sir Christopher Clarke, arbitrator and former Lord Justice of Appeal, made reference to the factors which he said would continue to ensure the pre-eminent position of London as a centre for the resolution of international commercial disputes. The high number of cases in the Commercial Court and in arbitration compared with other venues was evidence of London’s continuing success.  The availability of the procedures of the Commercial Court, its experienced judges and the availability of rights of appeal were contributing factors. Other reasons included the neutrality of London, the availability of high class mediators and the flexibility and certainty of English law which made it “good for business”.

In support of the case that English law was business friendly, Sir Christopher cited recent cases concerning awards of damages (The Achilleas), liquidated damages and penalties (Cavendish Holding BV v  Makdessi), the consequences of lies in insurance claims (Versloot Dredging BV v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG) and the rejection of the vague Civil Law concept of a universal or general duty of good faith in the performance of contracts (except in well recognised areas such as insurance and partnership and, more recently, “relational” contracts).


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London International Disputes Week 2019 – Shipping Disputes: London, à la carte
May 13, 2019

The inaugural London International Disputes Week took place in London 7-10 May 2019. 

The four day program included a flagship 1-day conference and 18 technical sessions covering different types of disputes and forms of dispute resolution.  Central to the international trade and commerce dispute resolution offering was the shipping session, which took place on Friday 10 May.


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The CityUK Legal Services 2018 Report
May 8, 2019

TheCityUK has published its 2018 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 2018

Previous reports can be accessed by clicking the below links:

UK Legal Services 2017

UK Legal Services 2016

UK Legal Services 2015

The 2014 Legal Services report can be viewed here.

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26th Annual Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
April 29, 2019

The mammoth organisational undertaking which is the Annual Vis Moot took place this year in Vienna from 12-18 April 219.  Student teams from over 370 institutions from 87 countries participated in the moot, supported by a multitude of almost 1,500 moot arbitrators from around the globe.  LMAA arbitrators who attended included LMAA President, Ian Gaunt, Aspiring Full Member Karina Albers and Peter McQueen and Supporting Member, George Lambrou.

The standard of the competition was exceedingly high and the team from University of Pennsylvania were worthy winners.


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LCIA Pre-Moot Debate
April 18, 2019

On 22 March 2019, Bruce Harris took part in this debate at the London School of Economics, which considered the impact of the knowledge of arbitrators, particularly, in the light of the recent Court of Appeal decision in Halliburton v Chubb. The Supreme Court will hear an appeal from the CA decision in November 2019.

The circumstances in Halliburton (multiple appointments of an arbitrator on behalf of a single party in related cases) do not often arise in LMAA arbitrations. The case has however possible wider implications which the Committee is considering.


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LMAA in Geneva
April 15, 2019

With thanks to co-organisers, The Propeller Club in Geneva, and sponsors, HFW and MS Amlin, the LMAA held the most recent of its European events at the Metropole Hotel, Geneva on 28 March 2019.

The half day event took the form of a seminar, followed by a forum discussion in which local industry representatives, amongst others, took part.  The audience of around 90 attendees, comprising lawyers, claims handlers and inhouse counsel, representatives of shipping, trading, financial and insurance entities, was drawn from both the local Swiss market and the wider European maritime community, with participants having travelled from as far afield as Constanta, Rotterdam, Paris and Odessa to attend.


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BIMCO panel turns spotlight on arbitration challenges and possibilities
March 26, 2019

BIMCO panel turns spotlight on arbitration challenges and possibilities

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BIMCO has hosted a panel session on arbitration in Shanghai to discuss current issues such as the future of arbitration centres, the impact of BREXIT, the impact from the emergence of China as a leading shipping nation and much more.

The panel session on arbitration was held at the BIMCO Conference in Shanghai on 28 February before an audience of about 250 people. The  panel members were Hong Kong-based arbitrator and BIMCO Documentary Committee Member Philip Yang, David Roberts, Managing Director of the Standard Club Asia Ltd Singapore, HFW Shanghai Partner Nicholas Poynder and Ian Gaunt, President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

Francis Sarre, General Counsel of CMB and Chairman of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee, acted as moderator.


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Maritime Arbitration Salon - CMAC
March 26, 2019

Maritime Arbitration Salon [workshop] - "Chinese parties’ experience in London Maritime Arbitration and Litigation", Beijing.

Ian Gaunt, president of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association has attended a Maritime Arbitration Salon sponsored by the China Maritime Arbitration Commission ("CMAC") the event titled: "Chinese parties' experience in London Maritime Arbitration and Litigation" took place in Beijing on 26 February.



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CIETAC Meeting
March 12, 2019

On February 26, 2019, Mr Ian Gaunt, President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, visited CIETAC.

Li Hu, Secretary of the Party Committee/Deputy Secretary of CIETAC, had a pleasant conversation with Mr. Ian Gaunt.  Li Hu briefed the guest on the business development of CIETAC in 2018, as well as the appointment, training and daily case handling of arbitrators. The guest and the host exchanged views on the development of world commercial and maritime arbitration, and discussed the development trends of arbitration in the UK, Sweden, France, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

Ian Gaunt said that the development of CIETAC in recent years and its growing international influence have left a deep impression on him, and he hopes to further understand CIETAC arbitration practice and case management experience. In addition, he also introduced the relevant activities of the London Maritime Arbitration Association in China. 

The two sides stated that they will further strengthen cooperation and exchanges between the institutions, jointly promote arbitration and provision of quality services.  Liu Fei, manager of the business development department, and Miao Qing, case manager of the case consultation office, attended the meeting.


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Chinese Maritime Cases
February 13, 2019

Dear Members, 

Supporting Member and associate professor of law with SMU, Mr John Lin, has brought the below website to our attention (link below).



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New LMAA Fees and Costs from 1 January 2019
November 30, 2018

After consultation with the Association’s Supporting Members Liaison Committees in London and Asia, it has been decided to amend the level of certain fees and recoverable costs prescribed in relation to LMAA arbitrations.


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LMAA/MAC Conference, Odessa
October 9, 2018

Four representatives of MAC (Maritime Arbitration Commission) and ICAC (International Commercial Arbitration Court) of Ukraine from Kiev were joined by five representatives of the LMAA from London to participate in this joint event held in Odessa.


The Kiev delegation was led by Nikolay Selivon, President of MAC and ICAC, who was accompanied by the Vice President, the advisor to the President and an arbitrator at MAC.


The London delegation was led by Immediate Past President of the LMAA, Clive Aston, who was accompanied by Full Member, David Martin-Clark, the Hon Secretary, Aspiring Full Member, James Clanchy and Supporting Member Accepting Appointments, George Lambrou.


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LMAA plays leading role in Qingdao Mock Arbitration
September 26, 2018

On 16 September the LMAA President Ian Gaunt and Past President Clive Aston took part  in a mock arbitration in Qingdao, China, organised by the All China Lawyers Association, Maritime Section.

Local law firms Wincon,  Wang Jing & Co and Allbright, and Hong Kong based Reed Smith Richard Butler, were actively involved in the organisation and presentation of the mock arbitration. Barristers Andrew Stevens of 4 Pump Court Chambers and Noel Casey of 7 King’s Bench Walk Chambers took part as counsel.


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Read: The Marine Executive Interview - the Benefits of London Arbitration
June 19, 2018

The latest edition of the Marine Executive, a maritime industry magazine published six times a year features an interview with Ian Gaunt, President of The London Maritime Arbitrators Association, who explains the benefits of London arbitration.


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Guangzhou - Nansha Conference - April 2018
June 13, 2018

The LMAA President, Ian Gaunt attended the Guangzhou - Nansha Conference in April as one of the speakers.

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Celebrating 60 years of the New York Convention
June 13, 2018

Celebrating 60 years of the New York Convention

June 10th 2018 witnessed the 60th anniversary of the signing of one of UNCITRAL‘s most successful pieces of work, the New York Convention, The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.

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Read: The Benefits of London Arbitration
June 12, 2018

This month Marine Strategy, an online shipping media platform, featured an interview with Ian Gaunt, President of The London Maritime Arbitrators Association. Ian explains why London is the leading arbitration centre, particularly for maritime disputes, the benefits of choosing LMAA arbitration, the importance of the New York Convention (and the irrelevance of Brexit to it) and the process and cost of arbitration.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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