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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

22/01/2015

Aston FFI (Suisse) SA v. Louis Dreyfus Commodities Suisse SA [2015] EWHC 80 (Comm)

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In this appeal on questions of law against a GAFTA Appeal Award, the Court considered whether “inspection final” provisions in a contract of sale amounted to an exclusive code for determining the quality and condition of the goods.  The Judge was prepared to assume that the decisions in Agro-Export v. NV Goorden [1956] 1 Lloyd’s Rep.319, W N Lindsay & Co Ltd v. European Grain & Shipping Agency Ltd [1963] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 437 and Charles E Ford Ltd v. AFEC Inc [1986] 2 Lloyd’s Rep.307 supported the general proposition that where a contract prescribes a mandatory procedure for inspection of the goods and also provides, in effect, that the results of such inspection as contained in an inspection are “final” as the quality of the goods, then the buyer can only reject the goods by relying on a contractually compliant certificate demonstrating a relevant and sufficient disconformity of the goods.  However, he did not consider that the terms of the particular contract under consideration had this effect.

Michael Collett QC acted for the defendant (instructed by Reed Smith LLP)


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