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10/01/2024

Master Mariner Jaikar Sohal joins MFB

MFB is very pleased to announce that our team is once again expanding with the joining of a new master mariner.

Capt. Jaikar Sohal is a seasoned master mariner with over 25 years of maritime industry experience. He has more than 19 years...

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30/10/2023

MFB Named Times Best Law Firm 2024

We're delighted to have been named as a Times Best Law firm again in the 2024 awards.

From The Times:

"The Times and Statista worked together to produce the 6th edition of The Times Best Law Firms report. This project co...

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09/10/2023

Commentary on the Beijing Convention on the Judicial Sale of Ships

The UN has promoted a new convention that seeks to remedy the current issue of judicially sold ships not always being internationally recognised.

With international recognition purchasers obtain clean title, removing the risk that newly ...

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06/10/2023

MFB at the Monaco Yacht Show

The MFB Superyacht team were out in force at the recent Monaco Yacht Show.

As well as having a stand in the main exhibition hall, partner Jonathan Watson and solicitor Salomi Manousaki hosted a drinks evening for the Superyacht UK contin...

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21/09/2023

New Joiners Martin Dalby & Zeejah Rizvi

MFB is very pleased to announce that our team is once again expanding with the arrival of a new trainee and a new partner.

Zeejah Rizvi graduated from Surrey University in 2018, and went on to complete his LPC in 2021 at The University o...

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18/09/2023

Your starter for 10...

After months of studying hard, impromptu flashcard tests and textbook memorising, a very serious team from MFB took part in the recent Steamship Mutual Charity Quiz Night to help raise funds for Steamship's Dragon Boat crew helping Great O...

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01/06/2023

Baris Oztoprak promoted to Partner

MFB is delighted to announce that in recognition of his work within the firm and dedication to his clients, Baris Oztoprak has been promoted to Partner.

Baris has been with MFB since 2018, prior to qualifying as a solicitor, he was calle...

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31/05/2023

Rhine v Vitol: High Court decision on owners’ liability for vessel’s ‘detention’

The High Court last week gave judgment in Rhine Shipping DMCC v Vitol SA. Ingolf Kaiser and Ryan Hunter of MFB acted for Vitol, the successful counter-claimants, together with Paul Toms of Quadrant Chambers.

The case concerned delays to ...

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03/05/2023

The Ghost Ship - a BBC documentary podcast

MFB's Peter Harris has taken part in a popular BBC Documentary Podcast. This episode is called 'The Ghost Ship' and looks at the mystery surrounding the MT Pavit, a tanker that apparently sank, but then 6 weeks later drifted onto...

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01/02/2023

New Joiner! Alexandra Vella joins MFB

MFB is delighted to announce that Alexandra Vella has joined us.

Alex is a solicitor with a background working for several leading salvors on complex wreck removals, salvage operations and offshore projects. She has also spent 3 years as...

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18/01/2023

The Limnos No Longer

A recent decision in the High Court has disagreed with the ruling in The Limnos that under the Hague-Visby Rules, a cargo interests’ ability to recover for loss and damage from carriers is limited in accordance with the weight of goods physical...

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28/11/2022

MFB’s Adam Plays in the Rugby League World Cup

Adam was part of the Greece team who were competing at this level for the first time.

Adam said “Absolutely stoked to have represented my nation, my family and my culture in the Rugby League World Cup. We left it all out on the pitch and ...

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23/11/2022

Swansea University Student Lecture

MFB's Kevin Cooper, Kirsten Jackson and Rebecca Rowe spent this afternoon talking with Swansea University LLM students, explaining how their qualifications can lead to multiple varied and interesting careers in the city and beyond.

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14/11/2022

Insufficient Time Spent Properly Assessing a Case Before Commencing Proceedings is a False Economy: James Kemball Ltd V Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd and “K” Line (Europe) Ltd

Some practical tips for litigators arising from the recent decision in James Kemball Limited v Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd and “K” Line (Europe) Limited [2022] EWHC 2239, in which MFB represented the successful Defendants.

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09/11/2022

MFB scores top ranking in The Times Best Law Firms 2023

The Times annual list of best law firms is compiled using recommendations from UK Barristers and Lawyers. Only 250 firms were included out of over 4000 in the country.

We're delighted that within the Maritime law field MFB was ranke...

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26/09/2022

Monaco Yacht Show 2022

MFB, formerly known as More Fisher Brown, is a specialist shipping law firm, established in 1988, which offers a professional approach with a high level of partner involvement.

If you would like to arrange a meeting with the team, please...

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21/09/2022

New Joiner Ryan Hunter

MFB Are delighted to announce the recent arrival of Ryan Hunter.

Ryan is an Australian qualified solicitor. He joins MFB having worked at a major shipping law firm in Australia. Ryan also spent a year working as the Associate to the Hono...

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19/09/2022

Founders Day Party

Thanks to all of our guests who came to celebrate Founder’s Day with us on 8 September.

Despite the sad news about the Queen which reached us during the party, a lovely evening was had by all.

Thanks to those guests who had a go a...

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08/08/2022

Cheese & Wine in the Portico

MFB recently hosted a wine tasting event in the cool of the office portico. It was lovely to see so many friends and colleagues from the P&I clubs in attendance!

Our annual Founders Day Party is coming up next month so please do reme...

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18/07/2022

Kirsten Jackson Nominated as Marine Solicitor of the Year

Congratulations to our own Kirsten Jackson who was nominated for the

Young Marine/Energy Solicitor of the Year at the Marine Under 35s Awards Dinner last week. The event took place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom and as you can see it was a v...

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14/07/2022

Marine Cup Challenge Winners 2022!

Delighted to share that after a long sunny day of intense competition MFB won the recent Marine Challenge Cup veterans* tournament organised by US firm Royston Rayzor and held in Dulwich. Congratulations to Matthew Montgomery, Adam Vrahnos and ...

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06/06/2022

MFB New Partners Balvinder Ahluwalia and Vaughan Wise-Dolpire

MFB is delighted to announce two new partners, Balvinder Ahluwalia and Vaughan Wise-Dolpire.

Balvinder has worked in both private practice and insurance clubs. She brings extensive experience of contentious shipping disputes including sh...

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25/04/2022

MFB is proud to sponsor Marine Insurance Americas

The third annual Marine Insurance Americas conference is happening next week, from the 3rd of May, and MFB will be there in New York.

Matthew Montgomery and Kirsten Jackson will be flying the flag for MFB while partner Kevin Cooper will ...

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23/03/2022

MFB Defence Guide - A short overview of charterparty time limits

Solicitor Oliver McGaw has published the first in a series of MFB Defence Guides regarding charterparty time limits.

The Defence Guides are primarily aimed at Claims Handlers and anyone else who would like a refresher of the core topics ...

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28/02/2022

WhatsApp with disclosure obligations?

A short article from MFB Partner Peter Gercans about the legal implications of conversations on instant messaging platforms, as discussed in a recent English Commercial Court decision.

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23/02/2022

Kevin Cooper at Marine Insurance Americas

MFB Partner Kevin Cooper will be moderating a panel at the upcoming Marine Insurance Americas event in New York. The session will concentrate on the container trade.

Marine Insurance Americas will run live on 3rd May 2022 in New York. Sp...

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02/02/2022

New witness statement rules

Partner Kevin Cooper and Solicitor Oliver McGaw have put together a short article on the new witness statement rules within a shipping context. Click here to read more...

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12/01/2022

Lexology Getting the Deal Through with Nico Saunders, Kirsten Jackson and Kevin Cooper discussing global Shipping trends

Lexology Getting the Deal Through has published a feature on issues affecting the shipping industry such as Autonomous Vessels, Electronic Bills of Landing and international sanctions, drawing on input from MFB’s Nico Saunders, Kirsten Jackson ...

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10/01/2022

Adam Vrahnos Qualifies in England & Wales

MFB is proud to congratulate Adam Vrahnos on qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Adam initially qualified in Australia before moving to the UK. He has been with MFB since April 2020 and specialises in dry shipping litigation ...

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08/12/2021

The New Legal 500: Shipping Country Comparative Guide is live

MFB Partner Edward Gray has contributed to the new Legal 500 Comparative Guide 2021 as editor of the UK Shipping chapter.

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview of shipping laws and regulations applicable in United Kingdom.

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10/11/2021

What is 'lawful act economic duress' and when can it be invoked?

In its recent decision in the case of Times Travel (UK) Ltd v Pakistan International Airlines Corporation, the UK’s Supreme Court confirmed that the doctrine of “lawful act” economic duress exists.

MFB's Oliver McGaw and Kevin Coope...

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18/10/2021

Legal 500 2022 Next Generation Partner Success

We’re delighted that James Foley-Comer has been named ‘Next Generation Partner’ and Mark Seward is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the new edition of Legal 500. We’re very proud of their achievements over an extraordinary year.

Also ...

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11/10/2021

Webinar: Delivery of Cargo without original bills and the development of e-bills

Our new partner Ingolf Kaiser was one of the speakers at a recent West P&I webinar discussing Delivery of Cargo without Original Bills of Landing. You can watch the whole presentation on Youtube by following this link.

As modern ship...

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