IISTL Organises a Seminar for Practitioners on Offshore Contracts at Holman Fenwick & Willan LLP

One of the main missions of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) is to bridge the gap between legal practice and academia. To this end, the IISTL regularly organises evening seminars in collaboration with City law firms directed at lawyers, traders, business people and key players in the insurance market.

This year’s event focused on fundamental aspects of offshore contracts and was delivered at the London offices of Holman Fenwick & Willan on 8 May. It attracted 90 delegates (which was as many as the venue could hold).

Apart from Professor Richard Williams and Simon Rainey QC from the IISTL, and Rory Butler from HFW addressed the audience. Themes ranged from the operation and construction of knock-for-knock clauses in offshore contracts to the complexities of the Windtime, Heavycon and Heavylift forms. The presentations were followed by lively debate and livelier questions from the audience. The evening ended with a reception generously hosted by HFW. The discussions and networking continued until late, as the hosts showed particular generosity by allowing food and drink service to continue till 9.00 pm!

HWF Seminar  Rainey

Simon Rainey QC (IISTL)  presenting his paper

Commenting afterwards, Professor Soyer, Director of the IISTL, said: “This was a great occasion presenting the IISTL with an unrivalled opportunity to interact with key individuals operating in the City. We are enormously proud of the close links that we have built with leading international law firms, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our hosts, delegates and speakers for making this yet another successful evening for the IISTL”.

HWF Seminar Panel

 From left to right: Paul Dean (HFW), Rory Butler (HFW), Emilie Brokor-Ingram  (HFW), Simon  Rainey QC (IISTL) and Professor Richard Williams (IISTL)