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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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Our 24 hour emergency response hotline ensures that you can contact us to obtain focused advice at any time, 365 days of the year: +44 (0)20 7283 6999.

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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

News / The future of shipping - with Bob Sanguinetti and Julian Clark

09-07-2020 / Maritime

Senior partner Julian Clark recently spoke with Bob Sanguinetti, Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, of which Ince is a proud member. They discussed exciting plans both for Ince and the Chamber, the state of the shipping sector including emerging challenges and COVID-19, and how both organisations are providing ongoing support to the market.

The future of shipping - with Bob Sanguinetti and Julian Clark

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

Insights / The limited fiduciary duties of intermediary brokers

06-07-2020 / Maritime

In this case, negotiations for the chartering of two vessels took place via a number of brokers.

The limited fiduciary duties of intermediary brokers

Podcasts / 'Collisions: why are they still happening?' webinar series

01-07-2020 / Maritime

Webinar series, 'Collisions: why are they still happening?', hosted by the Ince Admiralty team. The series of four webinars explore the COLREGS and why collisions are still happening, and considers calls for changes to the COLREGS to accommodate autonomous ships. These webinars use a combination of case studies, Q&A and technical insight.

'Collisions: why are they still happening?' webinar series

Insights / New UK restructuring tool: a potential game changer for the maritime sector

30-06-2020 / Maritime

With some signs of cautious optimism mounting that the shipping industry may have weathered the worst of the challenges posed by the pandemic, companies will need to start considering their restructuring options to ensure that they remain competitive in an uncertain recessionary trading environment.  

New UK restructuring tool: a potential game changer for the maritime sector

Insights / Court asserts its jurisdiction in marine insurance dispute

29-06-2020 / Maritime

In an insurance coverage dispute, the English Commercial Court has held that the insurers had much the better of the argument that the policies in question incorporated an exclusive English Court jurisdiction clause.

Court asserts its jurisdiction in marine insurance dispute

Insights / When is a shipper not a shipper?

24-06-2020 / Maritime

A party named as the shipper in a bill of lading has successfully argued that it was not the shipper under the contract of carriage and that its inclusion in the bill of lading was a mistake.

When is a shipper not a shipper?

News / Ince receives another prestigious Maritime Law Award in Asia

24-06-2020 / Maritime

Ince' Asia maritime team is extremely honoured and pleased to win once again and for the eighth time the prestigious Maritime Law Award at Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia 2020 on 23 June 2020. The Award recognises the law firm that can demonstrate the highest level of commitment and expertise in the maritime legal sector in Asia.

 Ince receives another prestigious Maritime Law Award in Asia

News / Winding up petitions and arbitration agreements: a comparison of the Singapore and HK approaches

15-06-2020 / Maritime

Recent decisions of the Hong Kong and Singapore courts show different approaches to the issue of when a winding-up petition will be allowed to proceed in circumstances where there is an arbitration agreement.

Winding up petitions and arbitration agreements: a comparison of the Singapore and HK approaches

News / Dayang (HK) Marine Shipping Co, Ltd v. Asia Master Logistics Ltd [2020]

15-06-2020 / Maritime

In Dayang (HK) Marine Shipping Co, Ltd v. Asia Master Logistics Ltd [2020] HKCFI 311, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance declined to dismiss a winding-up petition where a debtor was unable to show the existence of a bona fide dispute on substantial grounds, notwithstanding the presence of an arbitration clause in the underlying contract.

Dayang (HK) Marine Shipping Co, Ltd v. Asia Master Logistics Ltd [2020]

News / Winding up petitions & arbitration agreements

15-06-2020 / Maritime

In AnAn Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd v VTB Bank (Public Joint Stock Company) [2020] SGCA 33 (“VTB Bank”) and BWG v BWF [2020] SGCA 36 (“BWF”), the Singapore Court of Appeal examined the issue of what is the appropriate standard of review, when a dispute subject to an arbitration agreement arises, in relation to a debt which forms the basis of a winding-up petition.

Winding up petitions & arbitration agreements

Insights / Interim relief and court interference in arbitral disputes—the approach of the English and Hong Kong courts (Daelim v Bonita)

11-06-2020 / Maritime

Arbitration analysis: Catherine Earnshaw, partner, Ruaridh Guy, managing associate, and Jenny Efstathiou, senior associate, at Ince, London and Hong Kong, compare and contrast, and consider the practical implications of, two related judgments of the English and Hong Kong courts reviewing previous decisions to grant injunctions in respect of claims arising out of a charterparty and related settlement agreement.

Interim relief and court interference in arbitral disputes—the approach of the English and Hong Kong courts (Daelim v Bonita)

News / Court construes International Group’s standard LOI wording in context of charterparty chain

10-06-2020 / Maritime

Trafigura v. Clearlake and Clearlake v. Petrobras (Miracle Hope) [2020] EWHC 995 (Comm)

Court construes International Group’s standard LOI wording in context of charterparty chain

News / Court grants anti-suit injunction in misdelivery claim

08-06-2020 / Maritime

Times Trading Corporation v. National Bank of Fujairah (Dubai Branch) (MV Archagelos Gabriel) [2020] EWHC 1078 (Comm)

Court grants anti-suit injunction in misdelivery claim

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 / Court finds ship operator can limit liability

01-06-2020 / Maritime

(1) Splitt Chartering APS (2) Stema Shipping A/S (3) Maibau Baustoffhandel GmbH (4) Stema Shipping (UK) Limited (Claimant) v. (1) Saga Shipholding Norway AS (2) RTE Reseau De Transport D’Electricitie SA and others (Stema Barge II) [2020] EWHC 1294 (Admlty)

Court finds ship operator can limit liability

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

News / Ince Partner Rosita Lau got another prestigious accolade - Legal 500 Asia Pacific Hall of Fame

14-05-2020 / Maritime

Hong Kong-based partner Rosita Lau, following her re-appointment to the Hong Kong Maritime Port Board for the third time, received another prestigious accolade.

Ince Partner Rosita Lau got another prestigious accolade - Legal 500 Asia Pacific Hall of Fame

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