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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).

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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

04/02/2014

"ST EFREM" – San Evans Maritime & Ors v Aigaion Insurance [2014] 1 C.L.C. 883

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Michael Ashcroft QC and Rupert Hamilton acted for the successful Third Claimant in this unusual case, which raised questions concerning the effect of a follow clause in an insurance policy.

Following a grounding of their Vessel, the Claimants claimed on a H&M policy underwritten by several Lloyd's syndicates, who settled the claim. The Claimants also claimed on a H&M policy underwritten by the Defendant, relying on a follow clause in the policy to the effect that the Defendant would follow the Lloyd's underwriters in relation to claims.

The Defendant contended that the follow clause had the effect of appointing the Lloyd's underwriters as its agents, and that, as they had expressly not acted as the Defendant's agents when settling the claim, the Defendant was not bound to follow the settlement. Teare J rejected this argument, but acknowledged that the question of whether a follow clause did have the effect of making Lloyd's underwriters the agents of the following underwriter was the subject of conflicting authority and gave permission to appeal.

The Defendant also argued that a term of the settlement agreement reached between the Claimant and the Lloyd's underwriters conferred a benefit on the Defendant, to the effect that the Claimant could not rely on the agreement as triggering the follow clause. Teare J rejected this argument too, on the basis that the purpose of the clause was to protect the Lloyd's underwriters, not to benefit the Defendant, and also on the basis that clear words would have been needed to show that the Claimants had intended to give up their valuable rights under the follow clause.

Michael Ashcroft QC and Rupert Hamilton were instructed by Watling & Co


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