Charles Weller

Charles Weller

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When is a "contract for the sale of goods" not a contract of sale of goods?

A recent decision in the English Commercial Court has potentially significant ramifications for the shipping and trading industry. This decision will be of interest to...more

8/3/2015 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Buyers Contract Formation Retention of Title (ROT) Sale of Goods Sellers Shipping Supply Contracts Terms and Conditions Transfer of Title

Courts in New York and Singapore Reach Opposite Conclusions on the Validity of Interpleader Applications Arising out of the OW...

On 7 November 2014, OW Bunker A/S (“OW”), a global supplier and trader of marine fuel, filed for bankruptcy in Denmark. Further bankruptcies of OW subsidiaries and affiliates swiftly followed, including the bankruptcy of...more

7/13/2015 - Anti-Suit Injunctions In Rem Jurisdiction Interpleaders Liens Third-Party Relationships

CASE NOTE UPDATE: Firodi Shipping Limited v Griffon Shipping LLC [2013] EWCA Civ 1567

On 10 December, The Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of Mr Justice Teare in Griffon Shipping LLC v Firodi Shipping Limited [2013] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 50, a matter involving a seller’s remedy in the event of non-payment of the...more

12/12/2013 - Buyers Contract Drafting Contract Interpretation EU Memorandum of Agreement Termination for Default

Executive Summary - Business Across Borders

Pilfering on the docks of New York City was once so rife that, so one story goes, an Italian shoemaker shipped his goods in two separate consignments – left and right shoes – to prevent them from being stolen. Today,...more

12/4/2013 - Cross-Border International Trade Agreements Trade Policy

Business Across Borders - Leaving the nest: an overview of companies’ international ventures

With global forecasts for trade growth remaining well below the average of the past 20 years, the last article in our Business Across Borders series, written by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and launched today, examines...more

10/17/2013 - Brazil China Cross-Border Cross-Border Transactions Emerging Markets EU Exports Manufacturers Mexico Wages

Business Across Borders - Smoothing the path: the challenges of operating internationally

The third in our Business Across Borders report series, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit, and launched today, delves into the challenges faced by companies doing business across markets. The report and video...more

8/5/2013 - Cross-Border Cross-Border Transactions International Finance

Business Across Borders - Troubled waters: the risks of international commercial disputes

One of the perils of doing cross-border business is the possibility of being pulled into business-related legal wrangles. A recent global survey of executive carried out by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of...more

6/24/2013 - Business Development Cross-Border Risk Assessment Risk Management

Case note: Griffon Shipping LLC V Firodi Shipping Ltd. [2013] EWHC 593

An important decision for the ship sale and purchase market has confirmed that buyers entering into a standard form Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) (on Norwegian Sale Form (NSF) 1993 terms and similar, e.g., the 2012 terms) do...more

4/11/2013 - Buyers Default Liability Memorandum of Agreement Purchase Price Purchasers

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