||Informa Law from Routledge
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The first edition of this book was published in 1991. A copy has been on my shelves for over 20 years. Its battered cover and well-thumbed pages are the best possible testimony to the huge value that the book was to me over many years: as too have been the two later editions which are in similar condition. I have no doubt whatsoever that they have been equally invaluable to all practitioners throughout the world who are involved in legal matters concerning shipbuilding—whether in the course of negotiating a shipbuilding contract, during construction itself or in the unhappy event of dealing with disputes between builder and buyer. The legal principles applicable to shipbuilding contracts are. of course, no different from those applicable to contracts generally. However, the various wordings used in the industry and the specific features of the business of shipbuilding frequently present particular problems which require careful consideration and handling often against a background of having to give prompt advice in a difficult commercial context involving high stakes. In such circumstances, this book is a godsend. As the legal guru of shipbuilding. Simon Curtis has succeeded once again in combining his legal scholarship and immense practical experience in a clear updated text—providing a detailed analysis and comparison of the different standard form contracts (including, where appropriate, that recently published by The China Maritime Arbitration Commission) as well as identifying the problems and pitfalls and (even better) possible solutions. So I very much welcome this latest edition and I am sure that it will continue to be of great value.