Laytime and Demurrage

Author(s)                 John Schofielf
Publisher Informa Law from Routledge
Date 2011
Pages 544
Format pdf
Size 2.2 Mb

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   Publication of the sixth edition is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the first edition in 1986. The law relating to laytime and demurrage is a creation of the English common law arising from judicial decisions going back more than 200 years. The earliest case in the present edition is Wolff v. Hardcastle (1798) 1 B&P 316, a case in the section on liability for demurrage dealing with the description of a cargo consignee. The most recent is The Vine (2011) Lloyd's Rep 301, a decision from part 6 of the first volume of Lloyd's Law Reports published on 18 March 2011, relating to a delay getting into berth. Since publication of the first edition of Laytime and Demurrage, some 300 new judicial and arbitral decisions have been added. This new edition on its own adds well over 40 such decisions. The format of the book follows that adopted in previous editions. There is an important new section at the end of the first chapter tracing recent judicial thinking in relation to the construction of contractual terms, including charterparty laytime clauses, much of it led by Lord Hoffmann. It is worth at this time looking back, however, at some import milestones. The first edition of this book was the first major maritime law text book to include reports of London maritime arbitrations, brief anonymous reports of which have been published in Lloyd's Maritime Law Newsletter since that publication started its fortnightly publication in 1979. The second edition joined the third edition of Time Charters to form the foundation of the popular Lloyd's Shipping Law Library of text books. The third edition was the first major maritime law textbook to be translated into Chinese. In the preface to the fifth edition. I highlighted three areas of the law. which I hoped would receive further judicial consideration. Unfortunately none of these areas of the law have yet to come before the courts. I can therefore only hope that this will happen before publication of the seventh edition. The law is stated as at 1 April 2011.

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