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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. 

Emergency Response

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 of Appeal agrees cargo liable to contribute in general average following ransom payment

03-12-2021 / Maritime

Herculito Maritime Ltd & others v. Gunvor International BV & others (Polar) [2021] EWCA Civ 1828

Court of Appeal agrees cargo liable to contribute in general average following ransom payment

Insights / Shipping E-Brief November 2021

26-11-2021 / 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 November 2021

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) [2021] 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.

Cyber security – have you exercised due diligence to make your ship seaworthy?

Insights / Court orders specific performance of obligations under letter of indemnity

24-11-2021 / Maritime

Navig8 Chemical Pools Inc v. Aeturnum Energy International Pte Ltd (Navig8 Ametrine) [2021] EWHC 3132 (Comm)

Court orders specific performance of obligations under letter of indemnity

Insights / What does demurrage cover?

24-11-2021 / Maritime

K Line PTE Ltd v. Priminds Shipping (HK) Co Ltd (Eternal Bliss) [2021] EWCA Civ 1712

What does demurrage cover?

Insights / Seller of defective goods entitled to maintain claim for price

23-11-2021 / Maritime

Readie Construction Limited v. Geo Quarries Limited [2021] EWHC 3030 (QB)

Seller of defective goods entitled to maintain claim for price

Insights / Marine Money Korea 2021

22-11-2021 / Maritime

Sung-Hwan (SD) Choi, Partner, moderated the session 'Focus on Korea Ship Finance: International and Domestic Outlook and Opportunities at the Marine Money Virtual Korea conference'.

Marine Money Korea 2021

Insights / “Zoned out”: Court confirms applicable time zone for notification of demurrage claims

18-11-2021 / Maritime

The Court has considered which time zone applies to determine the date of completion of discharge for the purposes of deciding whether notification of a demurrage claim was made too late. In their article, Natalie Jensen and Monika Humphreys-Davies review the decision and explain why the Court held that it was the time zone at the place of discharge.

“Zoned out”: Court confirms applicable time zone for notification of demurrage claims

Insights / COP26 and its impact on Shipping

16-11-2021 / Maritime

These are some key takeaways arising out of COP26 affecting the maritime sector

COP26 and its impact on Shipping

Insights / Supreme Court confirms defective passage plan may render vessel unseaworthy

11-11-2021 / Maritime

Alize 1954 and CMA CGM SA v. Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG & Others (CMA CGM Libra) [2021] UKSC 51

Supreme Court confirms defective passage plan may render vessel unseaworthy

Insights / The uncertainty continues… Post-Brexit recognition and enforcement of judgments: UK still seeking accession to Lugano Convention

19-10-2021 / Maritime

On 31 December 2020, the Brexit transition period ended. As a result, the UK’s regime for recognising and enforcing judgments within Europe ceased to be governed by the Brussels regime, primarily the recast Brussels Regulation (EU member states), and the Lugano Convention 2007 (EU member states, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland).

The uncertainty continues… Post-Brexit recognition and enforcement of judgments: UK still seeking accession to Lugano Convention

Events / Maritime Week Gibraltar 2021

18-10-2021 / Maritime

Maritime Week Gibraltar 2021 is a highly informative, multi-format interactive event, designed to showcase the many shipping, port and maritime services offered in Gibraltar to a wider international audience.

Maritime Week Gibraltar 2021

Insights / Court considers breach of confidentiality and unlawful conspiracy claims in ship design dispute

18-10-2021 / Maritime

Salt Ship Design AS v. Prysmian Powerlink SRL [2021] EWHC 2633 (Comm)

Court considers breach of confidentiality and unlawful conspiracy claims in ship design dispute

News / AfCFTA and Energy & Infrastructure

11-10-2021 / Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime

This article is the third in a series of articles looking at the impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area (the “AfCFTA”) on various practice areas and industry sectors that our clients operate in. This article focuses on Energy and Infrastructure and addresses some of the key questions our clients have asked us.

AfCFTA and Energy & Infrastructure

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.

Witness evidence reforms now apply in the Admiralty Court

News / Mutual benefit: A focus on superyacht crew welfare - Interview with SuperyachtNews

07-10-2021 / Maritime, Yachts & Superyachts

“I am regularly instructed on behalf of yacht owners and their liability underwriters to defend crew mental health claims made against them, a trend which had been increasing for several years now,” starts Rachel Butlin, partner at Ince. “Within the yacht industry, I have been involved in many cases in which there have been not just physical injuries to yacht crew but increasingly psychiatric ones, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders, as well as depression and the emotional consequences of bullying/assault.”

Mutual benefit: A focus on superyacht crew welfare - Interview with SuperyachtNews

News / Ince Promotes Two Maritime Solicitors to Partner In Dubai and Hong Kong

01-10-2021 / Maritime

We are pleased to announce two new Partner promotions at Ince, Natalie Jensen in Dubai and Richard Oakley in Hong Kong.

Ince Promotes Two Maritime Solicitors to Partner In Dubai and Hong Kong

Insights / New DIAC Decree aims to streamline arbitration in Dubai: Your questions answered

27-09-2021 / Maritime

Decree No. 34 of 2021 concerning the Dubai International Arbitration Centre recently came into force, making a number of changes to the arbitration landscape in Dubai.

New DIAC Decree aims to streamline arbitration in Dubai: Your questions answered

Insights / Asian Ship Finance: Trends, Differentiation and Opportunities

24-09-2021 / Maritime

Asia is well known for lease and ECA finance solutions but there are other niche opportunities besides. Sung-Hwan Choi, Partner, Ince, moderates this discussion around Asian finance sources.

Asian Ship Finance: Trends, Differentiation and Opportunities

Insights / Consolidation of Dubai’s arbitration centres - The impact on maritime arbitration in the region

22-09-2021 / Maritime

Decree No. (34) of 2021 (“the Decree”) on the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (“DIAC”) was recently issued. Pursuant to the Decree, the Dubai International Financial Centre Arbitration Institute (“DIFC Arbitration Institute”) and Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (“EMAC”) shall be dissolved and their assets and operations shall be merged into the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (“DIAC”).

Consolidation of Dubai’s arbitration centres - The impact on maritime arbitration in the region

Insights / Shipping E-Brief September 2021

15-09-2021 / 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 September 2021

Insights / Resolution to safeguard seafarers in the UAE

13-09-2021 / Maritime

The UAE is a shipping hub and, as a result, it is a jurisdiction that has experienced its fair share of abandoned vessels and crew. There have been a number of positive developments in addressing such issues.

Resolution to safeguard seafarers in the UAE

Insights / Be careful what you agree: A cautionary tale

07-09-2021 / Maritime

Falcon Trident Shipping Ltd v. Levant Shipping Ltd [2021] EWHC 2204 (Comm)

Be careful what you agree: A cautionary tale

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) [2021] EWHC 2288 (Comm)

Save now, pay later: Court endorses wait and see approach to potential costs savings

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).

ICLG Legal Guides 2021

Insights / Court of Appeal emphasises importance of language used in construing nature of guarantee

09-08-2021 / Maritime

Shanghai Shipyard Co. Ltd. v. Reignwood International Investment (Group) Company Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 1147

Court of Appeal emphasises importance of language used in construing nature of guarantee

Insights / Buyer not entitled to reject off-specification fuel oil

20-07-2021 / Maritime

Galtrade Limited v. BP Oil International Limited [2021] EWHC 1796 (Comm)

Buyer not entitled to reject off-specification fuel oil

Insights / Court rejects attempt to reargue issues previously determined in in rem action

06-07-2021 / Maritime

Tecoil Shipping Ltd v. Neptune EHF & Ors (Poseidon c/w Tecoil Polaris) [2021] EWHC 1582 (Admlty)

Court rejects attempt to reargue issues previously determined in in rem action

Insights / Exclusive jurisdiction clause in charterparty extends to related tort claims

02-07-2021 / Maritime

Eastern Pacific Chartering Inc v. Pola Maritime Ltd (Divinegate) [2021] EWHC 1707 (Comm)

Exclusive jurisdiction clause in charterparty extends to related tort claims

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.

Crew change process deteriorating once again as Covid-19 resurges

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.

Ince releases cover of iconic single ‘Sailing’ by global virtual choir on Day of the Seafarer to raise funds for maritime charities

Insights / English Court upholds LOU jurisdiction provision, notwithstanding Singapore limitation proceedings

21-06-2021 / Maritime

Enemalta Plc v. Standard Club Asia Ltd (MV Di Matteo) [2021] EWHC 1215 (Comm)

English Court upholds LOU jurisdiction provision, notwithstanding Singapore limitation proceedings

Insights / A distinction with a difference: Court of Appeal finds conflict between contractual terms

10-06-2021 / Maritime

Septo Trading Inc v. Tintrade Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 718

A distinction with a difference: Court of Appeal finds conflict between contractual terms

Insights / Shipping E-brief June 2021

09-06-2021 / 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 June 2021

Insights / Failure to acknowledge service of in rem collision claim results in default judgment

03-06-2021 / Maritime

Tecoil v. Owners of Poseidon [2020] EWHC 393 (Admlty)

Failure to acknowledge service of in rem collision claim results in default judgment

Insights / Court considers unclear dispute resolution clause in charterparty

02-06-2021 / Maritime

Armada Ship Management(s) Pte Ltd v. Schiste Oil and Gas Nigeria Ltd (Armada Tuah 101) [2021] EWHC 1094 (Comm)

Court considers unclear dispute resolution clause in charterparty

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.

Ince enhances global maritime offering with new  Maritime and Marine Insurance team in our Bristol office

Insights / Can a claimant always pick the jurisdiction with the highest limitation of liability?

27-05-2021 / Maritime

Pusan Newport Co Ltd v. The Owners and/or Demise Charterers of the ships or vessels “Milano Bridge” and “CMA CGM Musca” and “CMA CGM Hydra” [2021] HKCFI 1283

Can a claimant always pick the jurisdiction with the highest limitation of liability?

Insights / Anti-suits revisited: a welcome reminder of the applicable principles

25-05-2021 / Maritime

ZHD v. SQO (Precious Sky) [2021] EWHC 1262 (Comm)

Anti-suits revisited: a welcome reminder of the applicable principles

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.

Ince boosts international maritime team with hire of new Partner, Aris Moschopoulos

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. 

Ince launches ‘Sailing: Sing for Seafarers’ campaign to raise awareness of seafarers’ crucial role as key workers in the global economy

Insights / The LMAA Terms revised - LMAA Terms 2021

29-04-2021 / Maritime

The London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) has recently published a revised version of its terms of procedure that will become effective in respect of all arbitrations commenced on or after 1 May 2021.

The LMAA Terms revised - LMAA Terms 2021

Insights / Invalid nomination of vessel did not entitle Sellers to terminate contract

29-04-2021 / Maritime

In this case, the Sellers under a sale contract jumped the gun and found themselves in breach when they purported to terminate the contract prematurely on the ground that they (mistakenly) considered the Buyers were in repudiatory breach. Parties in a similar situation should be wary of falling into the same trap.

Invalid nomination of vessel did not entitle Sellers to terminate contract

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

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