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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.

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

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

27/06/2012

Great Elephant Corporation v Trafigura Beheer BV

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In a judgment handed down by Teare J on 27 June 2012, the Commercial Court decided a dispute relating to a chain sale of crude oil from Nigeria that went wrong.  In breach of local regulations, Total, the operator of the Akpo oil terminal, commenced the loading of the vessel "Crudesky" without the presence of a representative of the Nigerian Oil Ministry, because it believed that the irregular loading had been authorized.  This led to the vessel being detained by the Nigerian authorities for a month and a half, only being released upon payment by Total of a "fine" of US$12 million.  The buyers at the top of the chain of sale contracts incurred considerable demurrage as a result of the delay, and sought to pass their losses down the chain. In a judgment that considered the law on the Sale of Goods Act implied terms of right to sell and quiet possession, and the law on force majeure, Teare J held that the "fine" demanded by the Nigerian authorities had been illegal, but the seller at the top of the chain could not pass its losses down the chain of sale contracts because the force majeure clause in the sale contracts applied.

Charles Kimmins QC and Socrates Papadopoulos, instructed by Ince & Co., represented the successful intermediate sellers Vitol.


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