A ship salvages an abandoned yacht found adrift at sea and brings it to a UK port. Who decides what salvage reward, if any, has been earned?

This is common law salvage, so unless there is an amicable settlement between the salvor and the yacht owner, the reward will be decided by a judge in a civil court having admiralty jurisdiction. In England or Wales this will usually be the Admiralty Court, part of the High Court in London. (The yacht will first have to be reported to the Receiver of Wreck at MCA Southampton. )

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