This is actually a key case from English contract law – but at the same time almost unbelievable. Apologies to any readers who know all about the case already.
It is the story of two ships with identical names, doing an identical voyage, carrying identical cargoes. One the parties involved is even called Raffles (for those who don’t know him, there was a ‘gentleman thief’ character of the same name, created by a relative of Conan Doyle).
Suspend your disbelief for a moment, and read on…
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