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Monday, November 12, 2018 

The Marine Business Group of international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP is rolling out a programme of video blogs (vlogs) targeted at the maritime sector.

The short three-minute vlogs will cover a variety of topics including briefings on recent judgements and new regulations, the management of maritime casualties in the commercial and legal context, and tips on the litigation risks faced by claimants and defendants and how to manage those risks.

The first three, released in November, are presented by Ian Maclean (Partner/Master Mariner); Siiri Duddington (Partner); and Winnie Mah (Senior Associate).

Maclean addresses the litigation risks associated with ship owners and managers reporting to charterers after a casualty and how such reports may be used against them;

Duddington covers a cyber-security workshop that she co-presented at the international WISTA AGM & Conference in October in Norway;

Mah discusses the recent commercial court’s decision in Classic Maritime Inc. v. Limbungan Makmur SDN BHD and Lion Diversified Holdings BHD. In this case she acted for the successful defendants. The judgement represents a landmark in the judicial interpretation of force majeure provisions.

Julian Clark, Hill Dickinson’s Global Head of Shipping, said: “These video blogs will greatly enrich the range of tools available to us in communicating with our clients and other stakeholders. It will make it possible to report on legal developments in close to real time.

“In addition, while some blogs, such as Winnie’s, will be of more interest to our legal, insurance and claims colleagues, others, such as Siiri’s and Ian’s, will require no prior legal knowledge and are intended to be of value to those in the wider maritime sector.

“We encourage those who are interested in the content to subscribe to the YouTube channel as we’ll be adding three vlogs each month.”

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