Global Senior Partner
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Department Maritime Qualified England and Wales - Barrister 1988, Solicitor 2002 Education (University) Frecheville Comprehensive Sheffield, University of Kingston (London) - LLB (Hons), Inns of Court School of Law - Barrister, QLTT - Solicitor Languages English
Julian is the firm’s Senior Partner with global responsibility for practice sectors and the client base both in London and internationally. He is himself an internationally recognised leader in shipping and international trade with over 30 years experience in mediation, arbitration and litigation.
Julian has for over 15 years been ranked in the worlds leading legal reference guides including Chambers and Partners where he is described as being “recommended in the market for his strong relationship with P&I Clubs”, the Legal 500 where he is ranked as a member of the Hall of Fame, the US publication Super Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal who rank him as a “Global Leader”.
Julian was recently honoured to also be ranked as second in Lloyd List's Top 10 Maritime Lawyers for 2022.
On leaving his previous position as the Global Head of Shipping of another leading London firm, the press commented on his recruitment to Ince as being “a major score”.
Julian is internationally recognised as an expert in piracy, e-commerce (including blockchain), cybercrime, security and terrorism issues in the maritime field. He is the Chair of the Maritime London Innovation and Technical Committee and Cyber Risk subcommittee of the CMI.
He is also internationally recognised as an expert in sanctions and has handled matters involving Venezuela, North Korea, Belarus, Cuba, Syria, Iran, Iraq and, more recently, Russia. He handled the major sanctions listing for PB Tankers, resulting in the fastest delisting in OFAC history. He has written many thought-leading pieces on sanctions and is regularly asked to provide his expert opinion in the trade press and at international conferences.
“My aim in both client service and law firm management is integrity, innovation and inspiration. I believe that our role as legal and business advisors is to become integral to the operation of our clients providing cost effective business solutions that actually work and improve their operational capability.”
Professional associations and memberships
- Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
- Member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
- Member of the Baltic Exchange
- Supporting member of the LMAA
- Member of the Singapore Maritime Law Association
- Member of the South African Maritime Law Association
- Chairman of the Maritime London Innovation and Technical Committee
- Chairman of the Cyber Crime subcommittee of the CMI
- Freeman of the City of London
- Liveryman of the Honourable Society of Shipwrights
- Liveryman of the Honourable Society of Blacksmiths
- Member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)
- Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
What you may not know about Julian
Julian was previously a professional musician and for a number of years sailed as a band leader with P&O. He has had the honour to play along such greats as Sir Paul McCartney, and recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios and Sawmills where Oasis recorded “Definitely Maybe”- working with their engineer John Cornfield. He has released a number of recordings produced by award winning producer George Shilling.
“Listed in Legal 500, Chambers, Super Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal."
My matter highlights
- Advising Limbungan Makmur SDN and Lion Diversified Holdings BHD in complex issues of force majeure concerning the applicable test of causation for an exceptions clause or force major clause to be effective, and what is the correct approach to calculating damages when there is an actual breach of contract but the innocent party would not have performed in any event (Golden Victory  UKHL 12 &  EWCA Civ 1190. Classic Maritime Inc v. Limbungan Maukmur SDN and Lion Diversified Holdings BHD  EWHC 2389 &  EWCA Civ 1102.
- Advising disponent owners and head charterers on a leading London arbitration concerning alleged hull swapping.
- Advising charterers following a shipboard explosion concerning the carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite - Compania Sud Americana de Vapores SA v. Sinochem Tianjin Import and Export Corp (the “Aconcagua”  EWHC 1880 (Comm) and  EWCA Civ 1403.
- Advising owners on the interpretation of the words “goods lost or damaged” within Article IV Rule 5 (a) of the Hague-Visy Rules - Serena Navigation Ltd v. Dera Commercial Establishment  EWHC 1036.
- Advising owners on the grounding of the vessel “Sealand Express” at Cape Town in 2004.
- Advising owners following a major coal fire on board the vessel “Avala” at Durban - Marc Rich & Co AG v. Beogradska Plovidba (the “Avala”)  2 Lloyds Rep 363.
- Advising owners of the “Evoikos” following the collision with the “Orapin Global” in the straights of Singapore leading to one of the worst oil spills in Singapore’s history - 28,000 tonnes of fuel oil only two miles from Singapore’s southern shore.
- Advising PB Tankers on the sanctioning of the entire fleet and achieving one of the fastest delistings in recent OFAC history.
- Writing the terms and conditions of two major marine insurance facilities at Lloyds of London.
- Providing a number of leading thought leadership presentations in the fields of terrorism, cyber crime, and e-commerce at the IMO, University of Southhampton, University of Liverpool, Tulane Law School, the South African Maritime Law Association, the USA Maritime Law Association, the LMAA and Baltic Exchange and leading the UK Trade Delegation to New York in relation to maritime commerce following Brexit.
My testimonials and accolades
“He is very good at sorting out difficult problems and can make almost any case settle as he has a real skill for negotiating with the other side.”
“Julian has an extraordinary knack for getting on with clients”
Chambers and Partners UK, 2022
“Julian knows everything and has good attention to detail and client care.”
Chambers and Partners UK, 2022
“Julian Clark is recognised in the market for his strong relationship with P&I clubs. His contentious shipping expertise covers a range of wet and dry disputes.
“Julian Clark is recognised in the market for his strong relationship with P&I clubs. His contentious shipping expertise covers a range of wet and dry disputes. ”
My recent publications
News / Court declines further adjournment of contempt application against sanctioned defendant
07-03-2023 / Maritime
In the recent case of PJSC National Bank Trust v. Boris Mints, the Court confirmed that sanctioned entities have a fundamental right of access to the English courts. In this case, the Court has made it clear that a defendant will not be permitted to delay any legitimate proceedings against him beyond what is reasonable on the basis that his sanctioned status may prevent him getting a fair trial.
News / Sanctioned entities have fundamental right of access to English courts
14-02-2023 / Maritime
The Court has found that the UK sanctions regime does not deny sanctioned entities the right to access the English courts in circumstances where their disputes are subject to the English Court’s jurisdiction and they have a good arguable claim. In coming to this decision, the Court usefully summarised the applicable sanctions regulations and considered the scope of the licencing regime implemented by the UK Office of Foreign Sanctions (OFSI).
News / UK Government National Strategy for Maritime Security emphasises importance of cyber resilience
13-09-2022 / Maritime
“Our vision is that the UK in 2030 will continue to be a leading responsible and democratic cyber power, able to protect and promote our interests in and through cyberspace in the support of national goals.”
News / Maritime legal exposure in a post-grain laundering landscape?
02-09-2022 / Maritime
In this article, Ince and Windward jointly consider the new phenomenon of Russian grain laundering, and the legal exposure for the maritime industry.
News / Julian Clark and Reema Shour from Ince in London have once again contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guides 2022.
15-08-2022 / Maritime
The publication provides in-depth analysis of laws and regulations across 34 jurisdictions and features two expert analysis chapters, discussing recognition of electronic trade documents and the maritime industry.
News / Ince bolsters London property team
18-07-2022 / Real Estate
Ince is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Foley, David Sutherland, and Sanna Mir to our London-based property team.
News / Shipping gets smart
20-06-2022 / Maritime
On 25 November 2021, the UK Law Commission published its Advice to the UK Government on how English law currently applies to smart legal contracts. Subsequently, on 16 March 2022, the Law Commission published its report on electronic trade documents, together with draft legislation that would implement its recommendations to allow for the legal recognition of trade documents such as bills of lading and bills of exchange in electronic form.
News / Ince bolsters presence in Greece with seven new hires in Piraeus office
01-06-2022 / Maritime
Ince is growing its Piraeus office with the addition of three shipping litigators, three ship finance experts, and an additional mariner to the admiralty team.
News / Ince announces four new partners during promotion round
25-05-2022 / Maritime, Real Estate
News / InceDemurrage launches as industry-first fully integrated expert analysis and legal advisory service for demurrage claims
28-03-2022 / Maritime
Our collaboration with Demurrage Desk combines integrated expert demurrage and laytime insights with legal advisory on claims and disputes, elevating demurrage processes to a higher standard
News / Ince welcomes James Channo to London Corporate team as Partner
Today, we have announced the appointment of James Channo as a Partner in our Corporate team in London. The appointment further strengthens our expertise in corporate law, and in advising on corporate matters.
News / Ince appoints Jennette Newman as Partner and Head of Insurance
01-12-2021 / Insurance
Heavyweight hire bolsters the firm’s ability to help insurance clients navigate increasingly complex global challenges.
Insights / Cyber security – have you exercised due diligence to make your ship seaworthy?
25-11-2021 / Maritime
The recent, and very important, UK Supreme Court decision in Alize 1954 & another v. Allianz Elementar Versicherung & others (CMA CGM Libra)  UKSC 51 has provided a timely and salutory reminder to shipowners and operators of the importance of being able to demonstrate that their ship is seaworthy if they are successfully to defend claims brought against them by cargo interests and others.
News / Stefanie Johnston appointed as Partner to head Ince’s new Scotland office
Strategic presence in Scotland highlights a reinforced focus on traditional energy, renewables, ports and climate litigation services
News / Rosita Lau is awarded Medal of Honour by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong
23-08-2021 / Maritime
Insights / ICLG Legal Guides 2021
12-08-2021 / Maritime
We are delighted to share with you our contributions in this year's International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG).
News / Ince launches integrated specialist sanctions compliance solution with Windward
11-08-2021 / Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime
News / Crew change process deteriorating once again as Covid-19 resurges
02-07-2021 / Maritime
The crew change crisis, which reached a peak in the middle of last year when some 400,000 seafarers were waiting to embark and disembark has been worsening once again.
News / Ince releases cover of iconic single ‘Sailing’ by global virtual choir on Day of the Seafarer to raise funds for maritime charities
25-06-2021 / Maritime
Single now available to purchase online in support of maritime charities helping COVID-19’s hidden seafarer heroes who have been unable to return home to their families.
News / Ince enhances global maritime offering with new Maritime and Marine Insurance team in our Bristol office
27-05-2021 / Maritime
We are delighted to announce today the continued growth and development of our maritime division with the imminent addition of a specialist and highly experienced shipping team to its Bristol office.
News / Ince boosts international maritime team with hire of new Partner, Aris Moschopoulos
24-05-2021 / Maritime
Ince, the international legal and professional services firm, today further strengthened its world-leading shipping team with the appointment of Aris Moschopoulos as Partner in its Piraeus office.
News / Ince launches ‘Sailing: Sing for Seafarers’ campaign to raise awareness of seafarers’ crucial role as key workers in the global economy
05-05-2021 / Maritime
We are excited to announce the establishment of our global virtual choir, in collaboration with companies and organisations from across the industry, to record ‘Sailing’ - the song made iconic by Rod Stewart. The choir is in partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich and supported by four of the world’s leading maritime charities: Mission to Seafarers, Sailors’ Society, Stella Maris and Seafarers’ Charity.
News / Ince strengthens Regulatory Solutions team with the hire of new Partner Colette Kelly
We are pleased to announce that Colette Kelly has joined as a new Partner in our Regulatory Solutions team.
News / Ince launches an integrated cyber security solution for the maritime sector in cooperation with Mission Secure
01-02-2021 / Maritime
Industry-first integrated legal advisory, business consultancy and technology offering – helping ship owners and operators navigate the sector’s greatest challenges and IMO 2021 cyber compliance
News / Ince Piraeus adds lateral hire to expanding shipping team
18-01-2021 / Maritime
Ince has today announced the hire of Konstantinos (Dinos) Mexias as Partner in Piraeus, to strengthen its already world-leading shipping team.
Insights / Shipping needs to prepare for the next pandemic
05-01-2021 / Maritime
"Captains and owners are making heroic attempts trying to get medevacs, but they are being refused due to Covid restrictions," Rachel Butlin said.
News / Ince named as one of The Times’ Best Law Firms 2021
Ince is proud to be named as one of the top three UK maritime law firms in The Times’ ‘Best Law Firms 2021’.
News / Ince hires additional Partner to further bolster shipping team
02-11-2020 / Maritime
News / Ince confirmed as platinum sponsors of LISW21
21-10-2020 / Maritime
We are pleased to announce that we will be part of the London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21) as a Platinum Sponsor.
News / Ince opens new Cyprus office with team from L.Zambartas LLC
28 September 2020, Cyprus: International legal and professional services firm Ince has today announced the opening of a new office in Limassol, Cyprus.
Insights / ICLG Legal Guides 2020
20-08-2020 / Maritime
We are delighted to share with you Ince's articles on ICLG Legal Guides 2020.
Insights / ICLG - United Kingdom: Shipping Laws and Regulations
20-08-2020 / Maritime
United Kingdom covers common issues in shipping laws and regulations - including marine casualty, cargo claims, passenger claims, arrest and security - in 40 jurisdictions.
Insights / The changing face of maritime law and risk - cyber, e-commerce, automation of vessels: shipping laws and regulations 2020
19-08-2020 / Maritime
As the pace of global digitalisation steadily accelerates across many industry sectors, the international maritime industry has similarly continued to adopt technologies aimed at making its processes more efficient and reducing costs. This chapter highlights some key developments in maritime technology, the benefits they bring and the potential risks they present. It considers certain legal, regulatory and practical issues that arise and discusses some of the solutions being implemented across the international maritime sector.
News / Ince accepts invitation to join Smart Maritime Network with Senior Partner Julian Clark becoming a member of the Smart Maritime Council
08-06-2020 / Maritime
Ince, the premier global shipping firm and part of the Ince Group, is pleased to announce that it has accepted an invitation to join the Smart Maritime Network (SMN) with Senior Partner Julian Clark assuming a position on the Smart Maritime Council.
News / Ince partners with Sailors’ Society to champion seafarers as “key workers of the sea” supporting global supply chain
27-05-2020 / Maritime
27 May 2020, London: Ince, the international legal and professional services firm, has partnered with global maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society, one of the largest seafarers’ support charities in the world, to raise awareness for the plight of seafarers. Dubbed the “key workers of the sea”, seafarers are particularly exposed to the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.