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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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WC2R 3AL

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t: +44 20 7842 1200
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28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

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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

29/01/2013

Bunge SA v Nidera BV

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Hamblen J handed down judgment on 29 January 2013 in an appeal under section 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 against a GAFTA Appeal Award. The Appellant Sellers claimed cancellation of a contract for the sale of wheat f.o.b. Novorossiysk, for delivery in late August 2010, when in early August the Russian government prohibited the export of wheat between 15 August and 31 December 2010. The Respondent Buyers treated that as a wrongful repudiation and so terminated the sale contract. Had the sale contract not so terminated, it would have been cancelled without liability later. The appeal concerned the construction and application of the GAFTA Prohibition Clause, the GAFTA Default Clause and the House of Lords decision in The Golden Victory [2007] 2 AC 353. The appeal was dismissed, Hamblen J agreeing with the GAFTA Board of Appeal that the Prohibition Clause did not cancel the sale when the prohibition was enacted, but only if it remained in place until the end of the delivery period, and that the GAFTA Default Clause displaced the rule in The Golden Victory. He also raised for consideration, but did not decide, whether the rule in The Golden Victory applied at all to a ‘one-off sale contract'. The judge gave the Sellers leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Members of Chambers: Andrew Baker QC for the Appellant (instructed by Reed Smith) and Philip Edey QC for the Respondent (instructed by Hill Dickinson)


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