Panamax Star Owners and or Bailees of The Cargo of The Ship) v Auk (Owners of The Ship): AdCt 18 Dec 2013

A strike out was sought alleging gross delay and an abuse of process.
Held: The strike out was granted both as to the claim and counter claims.
Hamblen J discussed first the issues surrounding delay: ‘In summary, the authorities provide the following guidance:
(1) There are no hard and fast rules. The court has to make a broad judgment having regard to all relevant circumstances and the justice of the case.
(2) The relevant circumstances may include the length of, explanation for and responsibility for the delay; whether the Defendant has suffered prejudice as a result and if so how it can be compensated for, and whether the delay is such that it is no longer possible to have a fair trial.
(3) A defendant cannot let time go by without taking action so where delay does cause prejudice to him he cannot say that it is entirely the fault of the claimant.
(4) In considering what is the just and proportionate order to make the court should have regard to the alternative sanctions to that of striking out provided by the CPR.’
Hamblen J then said ‘ To commence or to continue proceedings which you have no intention to bring to a conclusion may constitute an abuse of process’
Hamblen J
[2013] EWHC 4076 (Admlty), [2014] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 606
England and Wales
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