Switching bills is something carriers do quite a lot – in most situations, commercial reality trumps any concerns which lawyers might raise if they were around at the time. Why are switch bills needed? Are there some “good” reasons for the practice – and some “bad”? Any in either case, are there risks involved for the unsuspecting carrier? And how might any such risks be avoided – or at least reduced? In this session, we shall look at the practice of switch bills in a practical and realistic manner, acknowledging the pluses for users of bills of lading on either side of the ship’s rail – and seeking to mitigate any minuses against which a carrier might guard.
A drinks reception will take place in Chambers after the talk.