This is a compendium of cases on contracts relating to the carriage of goods by sea (cases on other topics slip in from time to time) –┬áthe cases are mainly English.

The value of legal advice is the accuracy of the prediction of outcomes.

The science of law is perhaps less exact than physical science, yet it is possible for skilled legal practitioners to advise clients on predictable outcomes.

Judicial precedent is all important.

Contractual provisions are almost always considered in the context of existing decisions, some hundreds of years old.

The summaries posted here are designed to provide quick, easy access to the essential facts and principles of each case.

As legal science is fallible and develops organically, subscribers are encouraged to comment of the posts.

The summaries posted so far are, hopefully, fairly representative of key decisions to date. Fresh summaries are continually added as new cases are decided.

Subscribers are invited to point out omissions.

The author and editor is a South African lawyer, practising law since 1977.

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