We are an international professional services firm, offering legal, financial, consultancy, corporate finance and technology-driven solutions to clients in a variety of complex, regulated sectors. We work alongside you, identifying opportunities, anticipating challenges and seeking alternatives, helping you make informed decisions.
Our role is to protect your interests, simplifying the complex by delivering clear, practical, expert advice. We do this by combining our technical skills, specialised sector knowledge and deep understanding of your business to develop the right strategy to achieve your goals.
You can rely on our agility and entrepreneurship to challenge the status quo with a determination to succeed. Building on our heritage, we offer a relationship-driven approach to legal and advisory services that evolve with your needs as markets develop and regulations change. Our global footprint gives you local expertise, where and when you need it.
We continue to invest in our growth by adding new capabilities across
jurisdictions and embracing new technologies to offer you the best support where and when we are needed.
You, Maritime & Ince
With over 150 years in the maritime sector, we can assist you with all aspects of maritime law. 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.
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.
Yachts and superyachts
Yachts and superyachts 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 costeffective advice.
Ships are significant capitalassets. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Eric specialises in all aspects of shipping and commercial dispute resolution. Eric handles disputes in relation to the full spectrum of shipping contracts including charterparties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, letters of indemnity, bank guarantees, MOAs, shipbuilding agreements as well as contracts for the sale and purchase of energy. Eric handles an increasing number of ESG related issues for clients. More recently such issues have included charterparty decarbonisation endeavour in view of the IMO’s EEXI.
D. +44 (0) 204 524 9011
M. +44 (0) 7889 571 015
Chris jointly heads the Energy & Infrastructure Group and leads the firm’s shipbuilding and offshore construction team. He has a wide experience in such areas as well as shipping matters. Chris frequently advises buyers and shipyards in relation to building, conversion and repair contracts, as well as dispute resolution, for conventional and specialist offshore vessels and floating platforms. He also advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, as well as dispute resolution, in the renewables sector, including offshore wind farm installation contracts, charterparties and contracts for the construction of wind farm installation vessels. He also advises on yacht and superyacht construction contracts. He has worked with BIMCO in developing standard industry forms for shipbuilding, conversion and chartering of all types of vessels.
D: +44 (0) 20 7551 8237
M: +44 (0) 7515 196 626
Alberta Longanesi Cattani
Senior Associate, London
Alberta specialises in non-contentious ship finance matters as well as in shipping dispute resolution. Alberta’s areas of interest include ESG and the decarbonisation of the industry. Alberta frequently advises buyers and sellers on ship sale and purchase transactions and on sale and leaseback transactions. Alberta also handles disputes relating to the full range of shipping contracts, advising and acting for charterers, shipowners and trading companies, with a focus on charterparties. Alberta is a native Italian and has an international focus.