Litigation Can Cost Shipbrokers an Arm & a Leg

Posted by George Backwell
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
File photo CCL3

A survey of London solicitors by specialist intermediaries insurer ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts, reports trade association Maritime London.

Indemnity insurers ITIC gave a panel of London solicitors – all of whom had previously been instructed on cases involving ITIC members – a hypothetical claim scenario involving a broker which had been cut out of commission. The solicitors were asked to estimate the costs that the broker would have to pay to take the matter to court. The average estimate of the costs was £177,163.

The claim scenario given to the solicitors was based on actual cases financed by ITIC under its debt collection cover. It involved a sale and purchase broker which claimed it had introduced principals and performed the original groundwork for the deal. The broker claimed that it had then been cut out at the last minute and replaced by another broker who had simply ‘tied up the loose ends.” The sellers denied that they had any commitment to the broker.

ITIC says: “A dispute of this nature is likely to involve no more than a couple of witnesses and an expert giving evidence on each side. If, at GBP177,163, the cost of winning was expensive, then losing would be even more so. Under the English legal system, a losing party is responsible for its opponent’s costs. The solicitors estimated that the likely additional liability if the broker lost would have amounted to GBP139,687. This would have brought the total costs liability faced by the broker to GBP316,850.”

ITIC says that, although few cases proceed all the way to trial and many will settle at an early stage without the need for formal legal proceedings, it is important brokers have a sufficient level of cover to fund litigation. ITIC’s debt collection cover pays not only for the broker’s own costs but also for the potential liability to opponents.
 
Source: Maritime London

 

 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Costa Concordia: Operations to Tow the Wreck Begin

Maneouvres began early on Wednesday to remove the rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner from the Italian island where it struck rocks and capsized two years ago, killing 32 people.

Thai Resort Owners Sue State Owned Company for Oil Spill

Business owners on Koh Samet island are suing a state-owned petroleum enterprise for the oil spill that polluted the resort island's beaches last year. More than 50,

Bahrain US$35-M Land Reclamation Contract for GLDD

Provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental & remediation services, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) says

Contracts

Bahrain US$35-M Land Reclamation Contract for GLDD

Provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental & remediation services, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) says

Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders

No tankship orders noted the past week by Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, but no lack of orders in the dry bulk carrier market, all from Far East shipbuilders.

Scorpio Tankers: Latest Financial & Ship Delivery News

Scorpio Tankers Inc. says it has updated its stock buyback program; lists its latest new vessel deliveries, and gives the release date of its second quarter 2014 earnings report.

Legal

Thai Resort Owners Sue State Owned Company for Oil Spill

Business owners on Koh Samet island are suing a state-owned petroleum enterprise for the oil spill that polluted the resort island's beaches last year. More than 50,

Nigerian Piracy Threatens UK Interests: New Report

The UK economy is heavily exposed to lawlessness off the coast of Nigeria, a new report published today by the UK Chamber of Shipping says. The report found that almost all of the UK’s annual £6.

Maine Port City Bans Oil Loading

City councilors in South Portland, Maine, voted late Monday night to ban the loading of crude oil onto tankers along its waterfront, throwing up yet another roadblock

Finance

Scorpio Tankers: Latest Financial & Ship Delivery News

Scorpio Tankers Inc. says it has updated its stock buyback program; lists its latest new vessel deliveries, and gives the release date of its second quarter 2014 earnings report.

Box Ships Inc. Repays Commerzbank Loan

Greece-based Box Ships Inc. says it has repayed in full the outstanding amount under its loan agreement with Commerzbank AG dated July 29, 2011.  The outstanding amount of the loan,

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA : Purchase of own shares

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA (the "Company") (Oslo: AKPS) has on 21 July 2014 purchased 2,155 shares in the Company on Oslo Axess at an average price of NOK 160.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1298 sec (8 req/sec)