First published in 1886, Scrutton has provided a first port of call for research when drafting contracts or dealing with disputes for generations. The book is the leading analysis of general principles in the fields of time charters, voyage charters and demise charters. It covers charterparties role as a key form of commercial contract, from the initial construction of the contract, through the rights and liabilities it confers, terms, agency and performance.
Included in the 1st supplement to the 24th edition are the following updates:
- The impact of the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union is covered by significant amendments to chapter 21 on jurisdiction.
- A discussion of the Law Commission’s proposals for reforming the law relating to electronic trade documents.
As well as discussion of, among others, the following key cases:
- The decision of the Supreme Court in Pakistan International Airline Corp v Times Travel (UK) Ltd  UKSC 40 on economic duress.
- The relevance of passage plans to the shipowner’s obligations as to seaworthiness (Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Verischerungs AG (The CMA CGM Libra)  EWCA Civ 293).
- The issue of who makes what representations to whom when a draft bill of lading is presented to a master for signature (Noble Chartering Inc v Priminds Shipping Hong Kong Ltd (The Tai Prize)  EWCA Civ 87)
- The perennial issue of which charterparty terms are incorporated into a bill of lading (Herculito Maritime Ltd v Gunvor International BV (The Polar)  EWHC 3318 (Comm)).
- And an answer (pending appeal) on the long-debated issue of whether demurrage liquidates all loss flowing from the failure to load or discharge in the laydays, or only that arising from the detention of the ship (K Line v Priminds (The Eternal Bliss)  EWHC 2373 (Comm).