*Warner v Scapa Flow Charters

Shipping – Passengers. In a personal injury case where limitation was in issue, the words in art 16(3) of the Athens Convention, 'the grounds of suspension … of limitation periods' were sufficiently wide to cover domestic rules which postponed the start of a limitation period as well as those which stopped the clock after the limitation period had begun. The Supreme Court, in agreement with the Inner House also held that the word 'suspension' was also apt to include the deferment or suspension of something which had not yet started.

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