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Equipped with our deep industry knowledge built over a number of years working with stakeholders across the industry, we genuinely understand your business and therefore focus on providing straightforward, practical legal advice tailored to your needs.

Our client base includes many of the world’s leading shipowners, charterers, traders, banks, shipyards and insurers. From shipyard to scrapyard, from factory to receiver, from finance to flotation, we provide the legal services required by the maritime and international trade industries.

We are where you are; with shipping lawyers based in our international offices, including a large team of former mariners, many of whom are located in major ports, shipping or insurance centres, we have the ability and expertise to service your needs wherever they may arise, with significant experience in different jurisdictions and teams which work together seamlessly across time zones.

Dry shipping

We routinely deal with cargo claims, charterparty and bills of lading disputes, and handle all aspects of shipping dispute resolution, from small value claims to high profile, complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Transactions

Our expertise extends to providing legal advice on transactional issues, covering all aspects from commercial contract review of simple and complex contractual relationships, ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding projects, and restructuring.

Financing

Ships are significant capital assets. Whether you are a buyer, builder, operator or financer, you will need expert advice on your rights and liabilities. Our finance lawyers are mainstream shipping lawyers who will provide comprehensive advice on the best strategies, minimising your risk exposure during transactions and achieving the best result for your business.

Yachts and super yachts

Yachts and super yachts are valuable assets which are subject to changing laws and regulations. It is essential that you have someone to help who understands your goals, and protects your interests at every stage of ownership. We advise yacht owners, brokers and some of the world’s largest yacht manufacturers.

Ports

Ports play a crucial role in global trade, both in developed and in emerging and frontier markets and our team advises clients including global port and terminal operators, shipping lines, oil & gas contractors, construction companies, underwriters and banks around the world.

Offshore oil & gas

We also represent the leading providers of marine services. Our expertise extends to the full range of available offshore services, including supply and safety vessels, anchor handlers and dive support, pipe-lay and bury barges, heavy lift and derrick barges.

Admiralty

If the worst case scenario becomes a reality, and your ship runs aground in a remote location or collides or finds itself in trouble in a hostile environment, you will need fast, expert legal advice, and practical guidance for dealing with investigations, witnesses, crews and their families, evidence preservation and the media.

We have a highly trained team of ex-mariners across the world, bringing a wealth of practical, technical and commercial knowledge to every crisis. Having been at sea themselves and having been involved with most of the major casualties, they understand the pressures and realities of reacting to the unexpected.

Personal Injury (Defendant)

Our breadth of expertise in handling defendant personal injury cases extends across the marine industry with instructions from owners, operators and liability underwriters of marine craft including yachts / superyachts, container vessels, passenger and cruise ships, offshore installations, tugs and supply vessels, and bulk carriers.

We have particular expertise defending cases involving fatalities, brain and spinal injury, as well as legionella and norovirus outbreaks. We are also instructed in occupational disease claims including asbestos-related injury. The firm's reputation for handling high profile casualties has inevitably led to Ince advising in highly sensitive cases involving both injury and death. We work closely with specialist Counsel and medical experts to provide the highest level of service and most cost-effective advice.

Piracy/pollution

The ongoing threat of piracy and hijackings continue to generate much concern in the industry. We can help you with all aspects of piracy incidents - the legal and practical aspects of responding to a hijacking, release of vessels, insurance and minimising the risk of such incidents reoccurring.

If oil leaks from your ship and pollutes pristine beaches or marine life, the consequences can be very serious. The incident needs to be managed effectively, or it can spell disaster for everyone involved. 

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News & insights on Maritime

Insights / Freeports: how do they benefit businesses in the UK?

23-04-2021 / Maritime

In the 2021 Spring Budget, Rishi Sunak announced the creation of eight Freeports in England. These Freeports offer potential incentives for businesses located in such zones to benefit from tax breaks, the ability to import and export goods free of tariffs and reduced administrative burdens. They may also provide opportunities for businesses supporting these activities, including shipping companies, construction companies and service providers.

Freeports: how do they benefit businesses in the UK?

Insights / Shipping E-brief March 2021

25-03-2021 / Maritime

The Shipping E-Brief is a publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areas.

Shipping E-brief March 2021

Insights / Court implies term into hire provision to give it business efficacy

19-03-2021 / Maritime

Regal Seas Maritime SA v. Oldendorff Carriers GmbH (New Hydra) [2021] EWHC 566 (Comm)

Court implies term into hire provision to give it business efficacy

Insights / Court declines to imply term on additional security into guarantees

18-03-2021 / Maritime

CVLC Three Carrier Corp and another v. Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company [2021] EWHC 551 (Comm)

Court declines to imply term on additional security into guarantees

Insights / Court considers whether vessel remained on hire during period of arrest – what a difference a word makes

17-03-2021 / Maritime

Navision Shipping A/S v. Precious Pearls Ltd and Conti Lines Shipping NV v. Navision Shipping A/S (m.v. Mookda Naree) [2021] EWHC 558 (Comm)

Court considers whether vessel remained on hire during period of arrest – what a difference a word makes

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) [2021] EWHC 333 (Comm)

Seeing double? Legal considerations for granting an “anti-anti-suit injunction”

Insights / Supreme Court collides with navigational rules

19-02-2021 / Maritime

Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited v. Nautical Challenge Ltd (Ever Smart c/w Alexandra I) [2021] UKSC 6

Supreme Court collides with navigational rules

Insights / New rules on witness evidence: is your statement compliant?

15-02-2021 / Maritime

Significant changes to the rules governing the preparation of witness statements will come into force on 6 April 2021. They will apply, with a few exceptions, to all trial witness statements signed on or after that date in Business and Property Court proceedings, although they will not apply to Admiralty Court proceedings until at the earliest 1 October 2020.

New rules on witness evidence: is your statement compliant?

Insights / Marine Money panellists see buoyant 2021 for ship finance

12-02-2021 / Maritime

Ince’s Global Head of Marine Projects, Stuart McAlpine, chaired an engaging discussion on trends, products and pricing in shipping finance at this year’s London Virtual Marine Money Forum.

Marine Money panellists see buoyant 2021 for ship finance

Insights / Cargo in “apparent good order and condition”: an invitation or representation?

12-02-2021 / Maritime

Noble Chartering Inc v. Priminds Shipping Hong Kong Co Ltd (Tai Prize) [2021] EWCA Civ 87

Cargo in “apparent good order and condition”: an invitation or representation?

Insights / Marine Money ship finance forum in review

11-02-2021 / Maritime

In this short podcast, Global Head of Marine Projects at Ince and panel moderator, Stuart McAlpine, is joined by Managing Director of Smarine Advisors Norway AS and panel speaker, Thor Erling Kylstad, to reflect on the panel discussion and discuss some of their key takeaways and thoughts.

Marine Money ship finance forum in review

Insights / Anti-suit injunctions: delay at your peril!

08-02-2021 / Maritime

A v. B (MV Star Moira) [2020] EWHC 3657 (Comm)

Anti-suit injunctions: delay at your peril!

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

Ince launches an integrated cyber security solution for the maritime sector in cooperation with Mission Secure

Insights / Shipping E-brief January 2021

28-01-2021 / Maritime

The Shipping E-Brief is a publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areas.

Shipping E-brief January 2021

Insights / Anti-suit injunction granted where foreign proceedings breached London arbitration agreement in contracts of carriage

27-01-2021 / Maritime

Ulusoy Denizilik AS v. COFCO Global Harvest (Zhangjiagang) Trading Co Ltd (Ulusoy-11) [2021] EWHC 3645 (Comm)

Anti-suit injunction granted where foreign proceedings breached London arbitration agreement in contracts of carriage

Insights / Court of Appeal finds experts had conflict of interest that breached client retainer

22-01-2021 / Maritime

The Court of Appeal has agreed with the lower Court that separate entities within an international group of companies should not be permitted to act as experts for different parties in related arbitrations.

Court of Appeal finds experts had conflict of interest that breached client retainer

Insights / Asian Legal Business (ALB) Legal Guide to the Greater Bay Area 2021

21-01-2021 / Maritime

Several members of our team recently contributed to the Asian Legal Business (ALB) Legal Guide to the Greater Bay Area 2021, which has now been published.

Asian Legal Business (ALB) Legal Guide to the Greater Bay Area 2021

Insights / Court construes bill of lading and LOU arbitration provisions together

19-01-2021 / Maritime

This was a cargo damage claim which raised the issue of whether the P&I Club’s letter of undertaking amended the arbitration agreement contained in the bills of lading.

Court construes bill of lading and LOU arbitration provisions together

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.

Ince Piraeus adds lateral hire to expanding 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.

Shipping needs to prepare for the next pandemic

Insights / Court finds state had no immunity in respect of salvage claim

23-12-2020 / Maritime

Argentum Exploration Limited v. The silver and all persons claiming to be interested in and/or to have rights in respect of the silver [2020] EWHC 3434 (Admty)

Court finds state had no immunity in respect of salvage claim

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) [2020] EWHC 3448 (Comm)

Rescission of charterparty: when words speak as loudly as actions

Insights / Cargo owners liable to pay contribution in general average in respect of ransom payment to pirates

08-12-2020 / Maritime

Herculito Maritime Ltd and others v. Gunvor International BV and others (mv Polar) [2020] EWHC 3318 (Comm)

Cargo owners liable to pay contribution in general average in respect of ransom payment to pirates

Insights / Shipping E-Brief December 2020

03-12-2020 / Maritime

The Shipping E-Brief is a publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areas.

Shipping E-Brief December 2020

Insights / Update on new UK restructuring plan and overview of key cross-border restructuring considerations

02-12-2020 / Maritime

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought considerable financial challenges to companies across a broad range of industry sectors, including the maritime sector.

Update on new UK restructuring plan and overview of key cross-border restructuring considerations

Insights / Supreme Court clarifies scope of arbitrator’s duty to disclose appointment in multiple overlapping references

30-11-2020 / Maritime

Halliburton Company v. Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd [2020] UKSC 48

Supreme Court clarifies scope of arbitrator’s duty to disclose appointment in multiple overlapping references

News / Incisive Law ranked as one of Singapore’s Best Law Firms for Maritime Law

18-11-2020 / Maritime

Incisive Law LLC, the Singapore member of The Ince Group has been recognised as one of Singapore’s Best Law Firms for maritime law in a survey released by The Straits Times and global research firm Statista.

Incisive Law ranked as one of Singapore’s Best Law Firms for Maritime Law

Insights / Touchy subject: when do negotiations become binding?

12-11-2020 / Maritime

Nautica Marine Ltd v. Trafigura Trading LLC (Leonidas) [2020] EWHC 1986 (Comm)

Touchy subject: when do negotiations become binding?

Insights / Court confirms its jurisdiction over claims for loss of yacht overboard

06-11-2020 / Maritime

Weco Projects APS v. Loro Piana and others (My Song) [2020] EWHC 2150 (Comm)

Court confirms its jurisdiction over claims for loss of yacht overboard

News / Incisive Law unveils new leadership appointments across practices in Singapore

27-10-2020 / Maritime

Incisive Law LLC, the Singapore member of The Ince Group, has today announced two new hires bolstering its regional admiral capabilities.

Incisive Law unveils new leadership appointments across practices in Singapore

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.

Ince confirmed as platinum sponsors of LISW21

Insights / Measuring profit or loss under long term contracts of affreightment

08-10-2020 / Maritime

Palmali Shipping SA v. Litasco SA [2020] EWHC 2581 (Comm)

Measuring profit or loss under long term contracts of affreightment

Insights / Shipping E-Brief September 2020

24-09-2020 / Maritime

The Shipping E-Brief is a publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areas.

Shipping E-Brief September 2020

Insights / UK steps up sanctions regime and shipping must navigate carefully

23-09-2020 / Maritime

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, there have been some recent developments with regard to the approach of the UK to sanctions, including the issuance of guidance to the shipping industry on financial sanctions. We summarise some of these recent developments below.

UK steps up sanctions regime and shipping must navigate carefully

Insights / Court considers scope and effect of demurrage clause

16-09-2020 / Maritime

K Line Pte Ltd v. Priminds Shipping (HK) Co Ltd (Eternal Bliss) [2020] EWHC 2373 (Comm)

Court considers scope and effect of demurrage clause

Insights / Court dismisses challenge to award on grounds of procedural unfairness

10-09-2020 / Maritime

This case involved an unsuccessful appeal to the Court, where charterers contended that there was serious irregularity in the way that the sole arbitrator had dealt with two issues in the underlying arbitration, which had caused them substantial injustice. 

Court dismisses challenge to award on grounds of procedural unfairness

Insights / Court declines to imply delivery and discharge terms into contract of carriage

08-09-2020 / Maritime

Sea Master Shipping Inc v. (1) Arab Bank (Switzerland) Limited and (2) Yousef Freiha & Sons SAL (Sea Master) [2020] EWHC 2030 (Comm)

Court declines to imply delivery and discharge terms into contract of carriage

Insights / ICLG Legal Guides 2020

20-08-2020 / Maritime

We are delighted to share with you Ince's articles on ICLG Legal Guides 2020.

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.

ICLG - United Kingdom: Shipping Laws and Regulations

Insights / ICLG - Gibraltar: Shipping Laws and Regulations

20-08-2020 / Maritime

Gibraltar covers common issues in shipping laws and regulations - including marine casualty, cargo claims, passenger claims, arrest and security - in 40 jurisdictions.

ICLG - Gibraltar: Shipping Laws and Regulations

Insights / ICLG - Greece: Shipping Laws and Regulations

20-08-2020 / Maritime

Greece covers common issues in shipping laws and regulations - including marine casualty, cargo claims, passenger claims, arrest and security - in 40 jurisdictions.

ICLG - Greece: Shipping Laws and Regulations

Insights / ICLG - Germany: Shipping Laws and Regulations

20-08-2020 / Maritime

Germany covers common issues in shipping laws and regulations - including marine casualty, cargo claims, passenger claims, arrest and security - in 40 jurisdictions.

ICLG - Germany: Shipping Laws and Regulations

Insights / ICLG - Singapore: Shipping Laws and Regulations

19-08-2020 / Maritime

Singapore covers common issues in shipping laws and regulations - including marine casualty, cargo claims, passenger claims, arrest and security - in 40 jurisdictions.

ICLG - Singapore: Shipping Laws and Regulations

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.

The changing face of maritime law and risk - cyber, e-commerce, automation of vessels: shipping laws and regulations 2020

Insights / Misleading impression as to identity of carrier justifies time extension for misdelivery claim

29-07-2020 / Maritime

The Court has granted a time extension for commencing arbitration proceedings in a misdelivery claim in circumstances in which the correspondence between the Claimant and the ship interests’ lawyers resulted in a misleading impression as to the true identity of the carrier under the bills of lading.

Misleading impression as to identity of carrier justifies time extension for misdelivery claim

Insights / Charterparty hire adjustment terms upheld despite apparent commercial illogicality

27-07-2020 / Maritime

Altera Voyageur Production Limited v. Premier Oil E&P UK Ltd (Voyageur Spirit) [2020] EWHC 1891 (Comm)

Charterparty hire adjustment terms upheld despite apparent commercial illogicality

Insights / The dangers of overlooking a bareboat charter in the charterparty chain

13-07-2020 / Maritime

This decision provides guidance on the circumstances in which the Court will grant a retrospective extension of time for commencing arbitration proceedings.

The dangers of overlooking a bareboat charter in the charterparty chain

Insights / Court finds marina can limit liability

10-07-2020 / Maritime

The Admiralty Court has held that the owners of a marina could limit their liability for damage to property, including vessels, pursuant to s.191 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

Court finds marina can limit liability

Insights / Shipping E-Brief July 2020

09-07-2020 / Maritime

The Shipping E-Brief is a publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areas.

Shipping E-Brief July 2020

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