Blue Nile Shipping Co Ltd; Khalil v Iguana Shipping and Finance Inc Owners of the Ship Happy Fellow: CA 25 Jul 1997

A French collision action preceded English proceedings by one of the owners to limit his liability. The parties disputed whether the fact that that owner subsequently admitted liability in France so that the only remaining issue was that of limitation meant that the English court was first seised.
Held: The French court was first seised, although limitation had not originally been an issue in that court. Saville LJ discussed articles 21 and 22, saying: ‘article 21 is concerned with proceedings and article 22 with actions. The questions are whether the proceedings involve the same cause or object or whether the actions are related. It is thus a misreading of the Convention to ask which court is first seised of issues which are or might be raised within the proceedings or actions. If such were the case, then the article would achieve precisely the opposite of their intended purpose which is, to achieve the proper administration of justice within the community ‘ It is a misreading of Article 28 to ask which court is first seised of ‘issues’.
Saville LJ
[1997] EWCA Civ 2192, [1998] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 13
England and Wales
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Held: Rix LJ said:
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CitedStarlight Shipping Co v Allianz Marine and Aviation Versicherungs Ag and Others CA 20-Dec-2012
The Alexander T, owned by the appellant and insured by the respondents was a total loss. The insurers resisted payment, the appellant came to allege improperly, and the parties had settled the claim on full payment under a Tomlin Order. The owners . .

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Updated: 23 April 2021; Ref: scu.142589