Dominic Happé’s practice focuses on all aspects of international trade, particularly shipping (both dry and wet) and commodities, as well as ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding.
He acts in arbitration, in the Commercial Court and in the Court of Appeal. He has wide experience in interlocutory applications, particularly anti-suit injunctions.
He advises on all aspects of his practice, including the drafting of large scale commodity, mining and mineral exploitation contracts.
Dominic is particularly experienced in assisting in devising and co-ordinating an effective strategy over multiple jurisdictions.
Dominic Happé is recommended as a leading barrister for commodities in the Legal 500 and Legal Experts.
■■ High-value, multi-jurisdictional dispute involving interlocutory relief, freezing orders and declarations, as well as attachments in New
York, Switzerland and Senegal.
■■ Major dispute involving hire claims and claims for off-hire, as well as important procedural issues where multiple arbitrations have
been begun by assignees.
■■ Injunctions to obtain delivery of cargo, delivery up, cancellation and replacement of bills.
■■ Disputes over the entitlement to freight of a disponent owner from whom the vessel has been withdrawn.
■■ Entitlement of a disponent owner who has suspended the service of the vessel to sub-hire/sub-freight under a lien.
■■ Force majeure in the export of steel from Canada.
■■ Cargo damage in Nigeria.
■■ Major crane damage, allegations of stevedore negligence and latent defect.
■■ Breach of arbitration agreement by commencement of proceedings in the United States.
■■ Entitlement to brokers’ commission in major long-term COA.
■■ Entitlement to brokers’ commission in fleet sale.
Dominic has provided expert evidence on English law for foreign courts, most recently on construction and interpretation of a yacht
insurance contract in Tel Aviv.
Galaxy v MURCO  EWHC 3720
Important Commercial Court case involving exceptions to obligation of delivery, hedging, timing of price determination.
OMV v Vector  Lloyd’s Rep. Plus 31
Commercial Court and Court of Appeal. Dispute over recovery of customs penalties paid the opposing party had been engaged in the circumvention of EU anti-dumping penalties and the origin of the goods was concealed.
The “Bulk Chile”  2 Lloyd’s Rep. 594 (Comm Ct)  2 Lloyd’s Rep. 38 (CA)
Commercial Court and Court of Appeal. The first case to consider the interrelationship between a notices/rights of lien and notices/rights of interception of freight.
Christian D  ILPr 38
Anti-suit injunctions; whether or not a declaratory arbitration award is enforceable.
Easybiz Investments v Sinograin & Anor The Biz  1 Lloyd’s Rep 688
Cargo claim, breach of arbitration agreement.
Novasen v Alimenta  1 Lloyd’s Rep 390
Commodities; FOSFA Appeal.
The “Kallang” No. 2  1 Lloyd’s Rep. 124; The “Duden”  1 Lloyd’s Rep. 145
Anti-suit injunction; scope of arbitration agreement and anti-suit relief in the context of arrest proceedings.
Samsun Logix v Oceantrade  1 Lloyd’s Rep. 450
Shipping; nature of lien over sub-hire; interrelation of lien and arbitration award.
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