Den Norske Bank Asa v Acemex Management Company Ltd: CA 7 Nov 2003

Money had been loaned for the purchase of three ships,and mortgages over the ships had been given given. The borrowers were in default, and the lender sought to arrest the vessels. The defendant argued that the way the arrest had been undertaken caused additional losses.
Held: The Bank’s actions constituted a breach of the obligation to allow the mortgagor to enter into and perform engagements for the employment of the vessel and such breach amounted to an arguable defence to the claim. The Bank were, however entitled to take the view that releasing the vessel from arrest and permitting her to travel with her cargo on board was fraught with risk, and the defendants had no prospect of establishing at trial that the Bank owed a duty of care to the defendants in deciding when to arrest the vessel or in deciding whether to release the vessel from arrest. Appeal dismissed.
Lord Justice Brooke Lord Justice Longmore Lord Justice Jacob
[2003] EWCA Civ 1559, [2004] 1 LLR 1, [2004] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 1, [2004] 1 All ER (Comm) 904
England and Wales
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The purchaser of an interest in property may not use it so as to breach contractual rights of which he was aware when he acquired the interest. . .
CitedJohnson v Royal Mail Steam Packet Co 1867
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CitedThe Myrto ChD 1977
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CitedYorkshire Bank Plc v Hall; Hall; Hall and Mann CA 18-Dec-1998
The Court of Appeal is not strictly bound by the terms of leave to appeal given, but where the points had been specifically considered a point could only be heard with the leave of the Court of Appeal which had full power to regulate its own . .
CitedNash v Eads CA 1880
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CitedSilven Properties Limited, Chart Enterprises Incorporated v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, Vooght, Harris CA 21-Oct-2003
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Appeal fromDen Norske Bank Asa v Acemex Management Company Ltd ComC 26-Feb-2003
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Updated: 27 April 2021; Ref: scu.187552