Sophie works within the Shipping Group dealing with shipping and trade litigation. She is experienced in complex international commercial disputes.
Sophie assists parties in all types of cases relating to shipping, international trade and commodities. Her experience includes Court proceedings and arbitrations seated in London, Hong Kong, the USA and elsewhere.
Sophie has also advised on non-contentious matters, including contract drafting, due diligence for M&As and regulatory & compliance issues.
Sophie joined Ince in 2017 as a paralegal before commencing her training contract in 2019 in the Hong Kong office. She qualified as an England & Wales law solicitor in 2020.
My matter highlights
- Represented claimant in five related arbitrations seated in different jurisdictions (ICC, LMAA,SMA Rules) against a state-owned entity in the commodities and mining sectors, securing arbitralawards of over US$ 250 million.
- Provided due diligence and advice to pension fund on the acquisition of leading cruise brand in Asia.The consideration of 35% equity interest was valued at nearly US$ 500 million and the transactionincluded options for the construction of two additional vessels. Acquisition was awarded “M&A Dealof the Year” at the ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2020.
- Represented claimant in dispute against guarantor under a shipbuilding contract. Matter involveda complex dispute resolution clause providing for mediation and ICC arbitration.
- Successfully represented claimant in HKIAC arbitration where claimant was awarded damages andfull costs of the arbitration. Dispute involved issues of implied acceptance and arguments on thegoverning law and jurisdiction.
My recent publications
News / Russian sanctions - a force majeure to be reckoned with?
09-03-2022 / Maritime
MUR Shipping BV v. RTI Ltd  EWHC 467 (Comm) This dispute related to Owners’ purported exercise of a force majeure provision in a contract of affreightment in response to Charterers’ difficulties paying freight in US dollars (the contractual currency of payment) due to the impact of US sanctions on Russia. Allowing an appeal from the arbitral tribunal’s decision on this point, the Court held that the “reasonable endeavours” requirement in force majeure clauses did not require Owners to accept non-contractual performance and so did not oblige Owners in this case to accept payment in Euros instead of US dollars.
Insights / Witness evidence reforms now apply in the Admiralty Court
07-10-2021 / Maritime
Following much discussion, the witness evidence reforms have now made their way to the Admiralty Court. The provisions now apply to trial witness statements signed on or after 1 October 2021 in Admiralty Court proceedings and constitute a further reminder that a witness statement must be exactly that – a statement in the words of the witness.
Insights / Save now, pay later: Court endorses wait and see approach to potential costs savings
01-09-2021 / Maritime
Space Shipping Ltd (CV Stealth) v. ST Shipping & Transport Pte Ltd (CV Stealth)  EWHC 2288 (Comm)