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Department Maritime, Dispute Resolution, Commercial Disputes Qualified 2008 Education (University) University of Durham
Eric specialises in all aspects of shipping and commercial dispute resolution. Eric handles disputes in relation to the full spectrum of shipping contracts including charterparties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, letters of indemnity, bank guarantees, MOAs, shipbuilding agreements and general agency agreements. Eric is particularly well versed in the overseas service of process, obtaining injunctive relief and asset tracing.
Eric regularly acts for shipowners, operators, charterers and their respective insurers in both arbitration (LMAA; ICC; GAFTA and ad hoc) and High Court proceedings (Commercial and Chancery).
Eric has been involved in some of the largest cases in recent times including acting for Spanish cargo interests in the Maersk Honam fire and salvage incident, and acting for a large Italian shipping company during the OW Bunker insolvency and the fallout from the UK Supreme Court judgment in the Res Cogitans.
Eric’s expertise extends to issues regarding security (international and domestic ship arrest); attachment of bank accounts; freezing injunctions; and Norwich Pharmacal orders (asset tracing).
Eric has also completed secondments at two International Group P&I Clubs where he gained invaluable experience advising members in relation to P&I and Defence disputes.
Professional Associations & memberships
- Member of LMAA
- Member of the British Nigeria Law Forum
- Member of the SMART Maritime Council
My matter highlights
- A recent LMAA arbitration win for a Greek shipowner whose vessel was arrested capriciously by the Nigerian Navy off the coast of Nigeria.
- Acting for a German ship refurbisher in a multi-million Euro dispute against an offshore support vessel owner for non-payment. Successful domestic arrest of the vessel in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
- Effecting a freezing order over the UK bank account and assets of a property fraudster for a national house-buying company. Obtaining a Norwich Pharmacal order and successfully tracing a large proportion of the target funds.
- Providing comparative legal analysis to an African fintech company in respect of a banking issue involving sub-licensing agreements.
My recent publications
News / UK’s Electronic Trade Documents Bill progresses through Parliament
15-03-2023 / Maritime
On 15 March 2022, the UK’s Law Commission published its report, with draft legislation, for the legal recognition of electronic trade documents. One year later, the Electronic Trade Documents Bill introduced to the House of Lords is at the Report stage of the legislative process.
News / Court considers scope of charterparty provision restricting deductions from hire
30-01-2023 / Maritime, Yachts & Superyachts
The Court recently considered the following question: “Where a charterparty clause provides that no deductions from hire (including for off-hire or alleged off-hire) may be made without the shipowner’s consent: is non-payment of hire a ‘deduction’ if the Vessel is off hire at the instalment date?”
News / International Maritime Organisation grants ZESTAs provisional Consultative Status
08-12-2022 / Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime
Ince is proud to share that ZESTAs has been granted International Maritime Organisation (IMO) provisional Consultative Status by the IMO Council.
News / The Arbitration Act 1996 – pause for thought, 25+ years on…
30-09-2022 / Maritime
At the request of the UK Government, the Law Commission is reviewing the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”) to establish whether or not it remains fit for purpose.
News / IMO’s Short Term Measure for reducing greenhouse gas emissions: implications for maritime industry
16-09-2022 / Maritime
The committee responsible for addressing environmental issues under the remit of the IMO is the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). Amongst several of its environmental safeguarding initiatives, the MEPC’s work includes the control of emissions from ships, including greenhouse gas emissions.
News / Electronic trade documents: the Law Commission’s recommended reforms
09-05-2022 / Maritime
The Law Commission of England and Wales has now published its final report on electronic trade documents, together with draft legislation for intended presentation to Parliament by May 2022.
News / Court of Appeal agrees charterparty affirmed notwithstanding reservation of rights
28-02-2022 / Maritime
SK Shipping Europe Ltd v. Capital VLCC 3 Corp (C Challenger)  EWCA Civ 231 Both the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal have found that the Charterers in this case were not entitled to rescind the charterparty because they had affirmed the contract.
News / The Law Commission’s final say on Electronic Trade Documents
14-02-2022 / Maritime
The Law Commission is an independent advisory body to the UK government. Its eagerly awaited final report on the legal recognition of trade documents such as electronic bills of lading is expected to be published in the spring of 2022.
News / AfCFTA and Energy & Infrastructure
11-10-2021 / Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime
This article is the third in a series of articles looking at the impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area (the “AfCFTA”) on various practice areas and industry sectors that our clients operate in. This article focuses on Energy and Infrastructure and addresses some of the key questions our clients have asked us.
News / Shell agrees pay out to Nigerian community to settle long-running oil spill dispute
17-08-2021 / Energy & Infrastructure
In 1991, the Ejama-Ebubu people began a legal campaign to hold Shell Nigeria (“Shell”) accountable for an oil spill that occurred in 1970. Shell accepted that these oil spills had occurred, but argued that these were caused by “third parties” during the Biafran war, for which Shell should not be held liable. Almost 20 years later, in 2010, a Nigerian Federal court ordered Shell to pay 17 billion naira to the Ejama-Ebubu community. Shell has unsuccessfully attempted to challenge this ruling over several years and, in November 2020, the Nigerian Supreme Court ruled that Shell could no longer appeal the decision.
Insights / Court considers unclear dispute resolution clause in charterparty
02-06-2021 / Maritime
Armada Ship Management(s) Pte Ltd v. Schiste Oil and Gas Nigeria Ltd (Armada Tuah 101)  EWHC 1094 (Comm)
Insights / Seeing double? Legal considerations for granting an “anti-anti-suit injunction”
25-02-2021 / Maritime
Specialised Vessel Services Limited v. MOP Marine Nigeria Limited (SVS Cochrane)  EWHC 333 (Comm)
Insights / Anti-suit injunctions: delay at your peril!
08-02-2021 / Maritime
A v. B (MV Star Moira)  EWHC 3657 (Comm)
Insights / Rescission of charterparty: when words speak as loudly as actions
21-12-2020 / Maritime
SK Shipping Europe PLC v. (3) Capital VLCC 3 Corp and (5) Capital Maritime and Trading Corp (C Challenger)  EWHC 3448 (Comm)
News / Ince hires additional Partner to further bolster shipping team
02-11-2020 / Maritime