New Edition of The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts Published


We are pleased to announce that the fifth edition of “The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts” (first published in 1991) has now been published.

Simon Curtis, the sole author of the previous four editions, is joined as authors of this latest edition by Haynes and Boone partner William Cecil and by Ian Gaunt, president of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association 2017-2020.

The new edition updates and expands on the fourth edition, which was published in 2012. It has been comprehensively updated, including commentary on recent High Court decisions on shipbuilding contracts and the ancillary agreements to a shipbuilding project, including refund guarantees. The new edition includes for the first time additional commentary on offshore construction contracts.

Please click on this link for a paper by William Cecil commenting on some of the new cases dealt with in the fifth edition.

Please click on this link if you would like to purchase the book.

Over the next few weeks, William Cecil will be running a series of half-hour webinars on the following topics covered in the fifth edition:

  • Introduction to shipbuilding contracts
  • Delays and extensions of time in shipbuilding projects
  • Termination of shipbuilding contracts and refund guarantees
  • Warranty disputes

If you would like to register an interest in attending any of these webinars, please contact or T +44 (0)20 8734.2847


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