Take it to the limit. The UK gets there at last.



The revised limits under the 1996 Protocol to the 1976 Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims entered into force on 8 June 2015 – but not in the UK. They will now enter into force under the requisite statutory instrument – The Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (Amendment) Order 2016 SI 2016 No. 1061 – which is due to come into force on Wednesday 30 November. The new limits will apply to incidents occurring after that date. There will be no increase in the limits for vessels of less than 300 gt as the limits for such vessels have already been expressly amended by section 5 of Part II of Schedule 7 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 and are 500,000 SDRs for property claims and double that for loss of life and personal injury claims. Future increases adopted by the IMO will not require domestic legislation to bring them into force.

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Professor Simon Baughen

Professor Simon Baughen was appointed as Professor of Shipping Law in September 2013 (previously Reader at the University of Bristol Law School). Simon Baughen studied law at Oxford and practised in maritime law for several years before joining academia. His research interests lie mainly in the field of shipping law, but also include the law of trusts and the environmental law implications of the activities of multinational corporations in the developing world. Simon's book on Shipping Law, has run to seven editions (soon to be eight) and is already well-known to academics and students alike as by far the most learned and approachable work on the subject. Furthermore, he is now the author of the very well-established practitioner's work Summerskill on Laytime. He has an extensive list of publications to his name, including International Trade and the Protection of the Environment, and Human Rights and Corporate Wrongs - Closing the Governance Gap. He has also written and taught extensively on commercial law, trusts and environmental law. Simon is a member of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, a University Research Centre within the School of Law, and he currently teaches at Swansea on the LLM in:Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air; Charterparties Law and Practice; International Corporate Governance.

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