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Julian Clark

Global Senior Partner London T +44 (0) 20 7481 0010

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 Clark

You, Julian Clark
& Ince, in any case

Julian is the firm’s Senior Partner with global responsibility for the firms practice sectors and 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 & Partners 2020 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”. 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”. He is also 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 sub committee of the CMI.


“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 & memberships

  1. Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
  2. Member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  3. Member of the Baltic Exchange
  4. Supporting member of the LMAA
  5. Member of the Singapore Maritime Law Association
  6. Member of the South African Maritime Law Association
  7. Chairman of the Maritime London Innovation and Technical Committee
  8. Chairman of the Cyber Crime subcommittee of the CMI
  9. Freeman of the City of London
  10. Liveryman of the Honourable Society of Shipwrights
  11. Liveryman of the Honourable Society of Blacksmiths
  12. Member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)

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."



Matter highlights

  1. 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 [2007] UKHL 12 & [2005] EWCA Civ 1190. Classic Maritime Inc v. Limbungan Maukmur SDN and Lion Diversified Holdings BHD [2018] EWHC 2389 & [2019] EWCA Civ 1102.
  2. Advising disponent owners and head charterers on a leading London arbitration concerning alleged hull swapping.
  3. 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”) [2009] EWHC 1880 (Comm) and [2010] EWCA Civ 1403.
  4. 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  [2008] EWHC 1036.
  5. Advising owners on the grounding of the vessel “Sealand Express” at Cape Town in 2004.
  6. Advising owners following a major coal fire on board the vessel “Avala” at Durban - Marc Rich & Co AG v. Beogradska Plovidba (the “Avala”) [1994] 2 Lloyds Rep 363.
  7. 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.
  8. Advising PB Tankers on the sanctioning of the entire fleet and achieving one of the fastest delistings in recent OFAC history.
  9. Writing the terms and conditions of two major marine insurance facilites at Lloyds of London.
  10. 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 recent publications

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.

Ince accepts invitation to join Smart Maritime Network with Senior Partner Julian Clark becoming a member of 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.

Ince partners with Sailors’ Society to champion seafarers as “key workers of the sea” supporting global supply chain