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History of Maritime Fraud

Published: 1 December 2009

Michael Payton, Senior Partner at Clyde & Co, delivered this year’s Donald O'May lecture on the topic of Maritime Fraud.

Sponsored by Ince & Co, The 27 th Donald O’May Lecture in Maritime Law took place at the magnificent Merchant Taylor’s Hall in Threadneedle Street, London in November.

Mr Payton, addressing over 200 guests, provided in-depth and extensive coverage of the history of Maritime Fraud, dating as far back as 4 th Century BC. The development of the law of marine insurance prior to the Marine Insurance Act 1906 was illustrated, and unforgettable cases such as The Gold Sky, The Grecia Express and The Popi M, which contributed to the law as it stands today, were examined.

Professor Hilton Staniland from the Institute of Maritime Law, introduced the speaker and thanked Ince & Co for their kind sponsorship of the Donald O’May Lecture and the continued development of the Philippa Kaye Law Library at the Institute. James Wilson, Senior Partner of Ince & Co then chaired the evening, with a vote of thanks given by Doug Barrow, Chief Executive of Maritime London, to close the lecture.

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The Institute of Maritime Law was founded in 1982 to give focus to an existing interest in maritime and international trade law. These subjects had been an important feature of law at Southampton for some ten years. The Institute is now composed of some twelve members and has a dedicated staff and an established international reputation.
Although a part of the School of Law at the University of Southampton, the Institute is privately funded. It meets its costs from earned income and from sponsorship. The Institute maintains a fully staffed office and employs Research Assistants to assist in Institute projects and generally. There is also a specialised library known as the Philippa Kaye Library which contains a wide range of maritime law materials.
Academic members are also members of the School of Law , with standard teaching and research commitments. A distinguished panel of associate members who represent various aspects of maritime law and the maritime service industry also contribute to Institute work. The Institute regularly hosts visitors who come from around the world to further their research and take advantage of the available resources.

A large variety of courses and seminars are run by the Institute both in the UK and occasionally overseas. These range in length from the residential three week Maritime Law Short Course, to shorter seminars on points of particular interest.

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