Kishore Sharma will give a brief introduction to the law of sea carriers’ obligations and defences (Hague Visby Rules, specifically Article III Rule 1 and 2, and Article IV Rule 2). He will present a cargo damage scenario for the speakers to discuss. Dr Arun Kasi and Graham Harris will speak on carriers’ obligations that include seaworthiness, cargoworthiness, bailees’ duties and on carriers’ defences. The programme is intended to bring practical guidance to the audience about handling cargo claims.
4-5 Gray's Inn Square (Barristers’ Chambers), London
Kishore is an English barrister with 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, London. He was called to the English Bar in 1986. He has more than 30 years of experience in handling and representing clients’ interests in international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration in England. His focus spans carriage by sea and storage of bulk and containerised goods, insurance (marine, and all classes of non-marine and reinsurance business), international trade, banking, commercial fraud, constructive trust / tracing actions, and corporate insolvency. He has regularly advised/acted for London market and overseas insurers and reinsurers, commodities traders, cargo claimants, shipowners, charterers, disponent owners and sub-charterers, protection and indemnity insurance (“P&I”) clubs, marine insurers, banks and other counterparties. The values involved in the cases that he advises and acts in have often been in the millions and, on occasion, in even hundreds of millions of US dollars.
Dr. Arun Kasi
Arun Kasi & Co, Kuala Lumpur
Arun is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya who needs a little introduction in the Malaysian legal fraternity and the Malaysian maritime circle. He heads the boutique law Arun Kasi & Co that majors in shipping law practice. He is ranked for his shipping practice by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. He has authored numerous books on maritime law including The Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea, published by Springer in 2021 and handbooks on general average and speed consumption claims. He had written more than 50 articles on maritime law published in Lloyd's (London), Sweet & Maxwell (London), The Maritime Executive (USA) and others. Some of his articles have been featured in London Maritime Arbitrators Association (“LMAA”) bulletins. He is a member of the LMAA and London Shipping Law Centre (“LSLC”).
Squire Patton Boggs (Solicitors), London
Graham is an English solicitor qualified in 1981 and a partner of the internal law firm Squire Patton Boggs that has more than 40 branches worldwide spanning four continents. Harris is based in the London branch and focuses in maritime, international trade and insurance fields. He has extensive experience in international arbitration under many different regimes in London and regularly deals with international conflicts of law, worldwide asset attachment and enforcement. His experience in the shipping industry ranges from charterparties and bills of lading to groundings, fires and cargo claims. He also advises on marine and non-marine insurance disputes, as well as ship sale and purchase, and building disputes. He has not only been heavily involved in cases in English courts but also in US and South African courts.
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