There are currently close to 60,000 ships moving all types of cargo around the world. There are also many more specialist ships; for example, offshore support vessels. Every day, these thousands of ships travel many hundreds of miles and visit countless ports along the way. Without them, many of the world’s industries would, quite simply, come to a stop.
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“THEY ARE, WITHOUT DOUBT, THE PREMIER MARITIME FIRM, BUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY ARE VERY CLIENT-ORIENTED”chambers and partners UK 2016
For each vessel moving cargo there is a web of specialist contracts and documents relating to the voyage. This adds up to the potential for all kinds of disputes in many different countries.
“The ‘first-rate' department at Ince & Co has an ‘outstanding reputation in the market', and is recommended for its ‘vast strength in depth'.” Legal 500, 2014
Whatever your role is in this sector - whether you are a shipowner, charterer, P&I Club, hull insurer, cargo owner, shipbuilder or bank - you will need advice from a lawyer who understands the problems of the industry. We understand how it works - and the unique challenges that you face by operating in it. Our lawyers are as passionate about it as you are. Many of them have been to sea themselves. This means that we can give you straightforward advice that makes business sense for you. This is why we are known as one of the world’s leading maritime law firms.
A STRONG AND COMMITTED INTERNATIONAL PLAYER IN SHIPPING MATTERS, WITH A DEEP BENCH OF PRACTITIONERS... IN OUR OPINION, THE LEADING SHIPPING LAWYERS. CHAMBERS & PARTNERS 2014
We can help you with dispute resolution, charterparties, shipbuilding, shipping incidents and casualties. All accidents at sea - and all arguments on shore.
The size of modern ships and busy trading routes, combined with enormous cargoes and the unpredictability of the ocean, means that maritime accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. When things go wrong at sea the consequences can be huge in terms of human safety and reputation risk, as well as being stressful and expensive.
“It is one of the leading shipping firms in the world and as such its dedicated maritime lawyers are amongst the best in the market.” Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2012
We can help you if your vessels are ever affected by fires, sinkings, groundings, collisions, pollution, salvage claims or piracy incidents. We have worked on virtually every major maritime casualty worldwide in recent years, so we know how to handle the practical issues and reputation risks you face if your ship, or one that you insure, is involved in an accident. We have an international emergency response team which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond to any maritime incident. We can help you navigate these difficult and sensitive times, whilst protecting your crew, ship and reputation.
INCE & CO PROVIDE CLIENTS WITH A ‘TOP-CLASS SERVICE’ THAT IS ‘SIMPLY THE BEST’, WITH ‘STRONG UNDERSTANDING OF THE MARKET AND THE LAW’. LEGAL 500 2013
What about legal advice in happier times? We can help you with financing or refinancing your vessel or fleet, or advise you if you are lending to a shipowner. We are experts in ship sale and purchase, syndicated financing, refinancing, work-outs and legal advisory work.
“This market-leading firm delivers a comprehensive service from its offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Its outstanding reputation encompasses traditional wet and dry work, as well as cutting-edge areas such as innovative ship financing, piracy and international sanctions” Chambers and Partners Global 2013
Our aim is to provide you with commercial and practical legal advice. Fast, clear, decisive advice which answers your questions and solves your problems.