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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Ince

Following its merger at the end of 2018, the combined Ince now has 14 partners covering corporate M&A. The broad range of sectors covered by the legacy firms is still a feature, and work highlights have encompassed the transport, aviation and real estate sectors. The firm primarily acts for small to medium-sized private companies, often family-owned businesses or companies owned by high net worth entrepreneurs. The team also handles some public work, and acted on its own admission to the AIM market. Mona Patel is recommended for her experience in cross-border mergers, acquisitions and disposals, in addition to advising on management buyouts and restructurings. The corporate department is led by Alon Domb, who specialises in private company M&A, especially those with a corporate real estate focus.

Practice head(s):Alon Domb

Other key lawyers:Alan Barnett; Mona Patel

Testimonials

'The team are technically excellent and capable. They focus on commercial outcomes for customers with flexible charging rather than just running up billable hours. Overall they are a pleasure to work with'

'Mona Patel is an excellent all-round lawyer, highly skilled technically with extensive knowledge of specialist subjects and a graceful professional style.'

Key Clients

Apex Holdings (UK) Limited

Engenie Limited

Perrys Acre Limited

My London Home Limited

Troubadour Theatre

Vuealta Limited

Laundrapp Limited

Marla International Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Apex Holdings, a PPHE Hotel Group company, in its acquisition of 50% of its joint venture, Aspirations Limited, from the other partner, for ca. £35m.
  • Acted for three individuals selling their business to private equity house BlueGem.
  • Advised Burgh Island Holdings in the purchase of Burgh Island Limited, the company that owns the hotel in Devon, for £8.65m.
  • Engaged by Austrian law firm Eisenberger & Herzog to assist with the purchase by 3 A Group Beteiligungs GmbH (part of the Arian Group) of Benningstone Limited from two individual sellers, for $4m.
  • Advised Marla International on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Geode Software Limited, which owns accounting and tax software.
Next Generation Partners

Mona Patel - Ince

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Ince

Ince provides regulatory and commercial advice in the gambling sector, including assisting with domestic and cross-border licensing queries, criminal proceedings and the defence of licences. The practice is also experienced in advising on sponsorship contracts and trade mark and domain name protection, as well as on corporate structuring. Alex Ktorides advises on the implementation of measures to comply with anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption legislation. Andrew Cotton advises on advertisement regulations and assists overseas-based remote operators and software suppliers with their applications for operating licences from the Gambling Commission. Andrew Tait relocated to the firm's Gibraltar office.

Practice head(s):Philip Somarakis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Cotton; Alex Ktorides

Key Clients

Metric Gaming

Spin Games

Genesis Global

Billion Dollar Draw

Nektan

Work highlights

  • Advised Genesis Global on a gambling regulatory compliance assessment regarding UK and Maltese regulatory requirements 
  • Advising Nektan on the drafting of gambling software licenses for an array of suppliers and customers of the client, which involves regulatory advice and company restructuring
Leading individuals

Andrew Cotton - Ince

Next Generation Partners

Alex Ktorides - Ince

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Ince

Ince's team acts for landlords, casino operators, theatres and breweries. Practice head Philip Somarakis has considerable experience representing clients before licensing committees and in the Magistrates Court. In one notable highlight, he is acting for Club K in obtaining a variation of a premises licence in Hounslow's cumulative impact zone. Andrew Cotton is another standout figure, particularly for liquor licensing, where he advises clients on the licensing of premises.

Practice head(s):Philip Somarakis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Cotton

Testimonials

'The team fully understands exactly what is required in the licensing process in multiple jurisdictions and have excellent interpersonal skills.'

Key Clients

Open Air Theatre

BAFTA

Ping Pong

Heals Department Stores

Chinawhite

Sunbeam Studios

Work highlights

  • Advised Old Laundry Yard on an application for a new premises licence.
  • Advised Open Air Theatre on an application to extend its licensed area following a grant to develop further customer facilities.
  • Assiting Club K with the variation of a premises licence within Hounslow Council's cumulative impact zone.
  • Acted for The Gunnersbury Tavern to allow it to trade in the interim while a new application was made to renew a previously lapsed licence.
  • Instructed to act for BAFTA in its refurbishment project in Piccadilly and advise on all licensing related work.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Ince

Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds LLP merged in late 2018 to become Ince. The new entity is 'strongly focused on promoting clients' interests and is very well-organised in dealing with litigation procedures'. It  advises on disputes in sectors such as transport, trade, energy and infrastructure, and insurance in addition to litigation surrounding corporate law, real estate, private wealth, employment and regulatory issues.  Nicholas Yapp heads the dispute resolution practice, which also includes joint London managing partner Nick Goldstone and Melanie Hart , who was hired from Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Yapp

Other key lawyers:Melanie Hart; Nick Goldstone

Testimonials

'Focused on the client and ensuring their expectations can be met. The team is also very good at keeping the client informed and on top of the issues'.

'Nick Goldstone is a dogged and tenacious operator, who fearlessly drives both litigation and negotiation to achieve clients' goals'.

 

Key Clients

Swiss Life Group

Ritec International

The Kapoor Group

Mr Robert Horton of R2 Recovery

The London District Housing Association

iamYiam

Bibby Distribution

Work highlights

  • Acted for Swiss Life Group in the enforcement of high-value US federal court judgments under The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

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Commodities disputes
Commodities disputes - ranked: tier 2

Ince

Ince 's  core sector expertise was strengthened by the 2018 merger of legacy Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds, adding to its litigation capability as well as boosting its corporate and employment law presence. Legacy Ince & Co has a long-established presence in the London commodities market and it handles logistics, sale of goods, shipping, hedging and letter of credit disputes, as well as a broad range of other commercial litigation. The London group acts for large independent trading companies including Trafigura and Glencore, as well as metals traders and several Chinese state trading companies and Japanese trading conglomerates. Under the leadership of global head of trade Will Marshall , the practice continues to focus on LNG trading, in which it advises some of the most active market participants. The firm boosted the London practice with the transfer of partners Rory Macfarlane and William Blagbrough from its Hong Kong office.

Practice head(s):Will Marshall

Other key lawyers:Carl Walker; Nuno Frota; Rory Macfarlane; William Blagbrough 

Key Clients

Trafigura

Invicta Food Group

Glencore

China United International Petroleum & Chemicals Co Ltd (UNIPEC)

Work highlights

  • Representing Trafigura Trading LLC in a $6m dispute against Shell Western Supply and Trading Ltd.
  • A commercial contractual dispute between Glencore and Springfield Energy Limited in respect of contracts for the sale of gasoil and gasoline.
Leading individuals

Carl Walker - Ince

Will Marshall - Ince

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London: Finance

Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 5

Ince

Co-headed by David Baker and Beatrice Russ, Ince's seven-partner team provides 'great commercial insight' to banks and owners/operators across a range of new money financings and restructurings. The team also excels at handling transactions at the intersection of the shipping and energy sectors, and has been particularly active of late advising companies on LNG-related financings and leasing transactions. Although the group regularly handles work on its own, it is also aided by an international network, including a strong offering in Hamburg, which it frequently partners with on cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):David Baker; Beatrice Russ

Other key lawyers:Duncan Bateson; Anna Anatolitou

Testimonials

'Beatrice Russ is incredibly experienced, skilled and knowledgeable on ship financing matters in general, and has particular expertise on sale and leaseback transactions'.

Key Clients

Golar LNG

KfW IPEX Bank

Golar Power

DNB Bank

HIG

Atlas Holdings

UACC

Socar

JLT Risk Solutions

ING

Work highlights

  • Advised long-standing client Golar LNG on a $960m sale and leaseback of its converted FLNG vessel the Hilli Episeyo with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited.
  • English legal advisers to KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH in connection with a Euro term loan facility made available to Coral Methane Shipping, a Dutch borrower, in respect of the $29m loan to refinance the LNG carrier “Coral Methane” for operation in the Anthony Veder Gascarriers Pool of Anthony Veder Group.
  • Advising HSH Nordbank on the restructuring of its syndicated debt position with Danaos Shipping Group.
  • Counsel for the borrowers in relation to the acquisition and financing by way of a $40m facility advanced by Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken of two product tankers acquired by the HIG group in 2018 with an option to add further vessels.
Leading individuals

David Baker - Ince

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Ince

The employment team at Ince, which merged with Gordon Dadds at the end of 2018, provides a full service offering from contract drafting to dispute resolution. The team regularly advises senior executives in the media, retail, travel, financial services and tech sectors, while on the employer side, the firm works with clients in areas such as shipping, energy, and commodities. Laura Livingstone heads the team, which following the merger can now offer clients a broader range of services, drawing on the newly enlarged firm's tax, private wealth and immigration capabilities. Other key members of the practice include Marie van der Zyl, who handles the full range of employment law issues for both employers and senior executives.

Practice head(s):Laura Livingstone

Other key lawyers:Marie van der Zyl

Key Clients

AWH Legal Limited

A Group of 27 Artists from the Education Department at the National Gallery

Arsenal Football Club Ltd

V Ships

Amadeus IT Services UK Ltd

ABTA

The Gap Partnership

Alexander Lloyd

Hotelplan

Work highlights

  • Provided people management training to Arsenal Football Club, as well as ad hoc employee relations issues including grievance, disciplinary, contract terms, exit arrangements and new hires.
  • Supporting ABTA with all employment related issues including performance and absence management, departmental re-organisations, flexible working requests and policy support.
  • Representing a group of 27 artists and lecturers working in the education department at the National Gallery in a tribunal action in which they won their case to be given the rights of workers.
  • Advised shipping management company V Ships in respect of TUPE issues connected with the change of service provider for rig maintenance.
  • Advised on employment aspects of the merger of two UK Amadeus companies.

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Ince

The employment team at Ince, which merged with Gordon Dadds at the end of 2018, provides a full service offering from contract drafting to dispute resolution. The team regularly advises senior executives in the media, retail, travel, financial services and tech sectors, while on the employer side, the firm works with clients in areas such as shipping, energy, and commodities. Laura Livingstone heads the team, which following the merger can now offer clients a broader range of services, drawing on the newly enlarged firm's tax, private wealth and immigration capabilities. Other key members of the practice include Marie van der Zyl, who handles the full range of employment law issues for both employers and senior executives.

Practice head(s):Laura Livingstone

Other key lawyers:Marie van der Zyl

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

Ince

Ince, which merged with Gordon Dadds in December 2018, has well-established credentials in cross-border energy, property, political risk and professional indemnity insurance work. The traditionally strong marine team has seen significant changes this year with the departure of Joe O’Keefe to Stephenson Harwood in late 2018, the return of Simon Todd  - who had retired - as a consultant in March 2019, and the recent promotion of Carrie Radford and Elle Young to lead the practice. Other key members of the team include global insurance group head Kiran Soar and property and construction insurance specialist Adrian Bingham.

Practice head(s):Kiran Soar

Other key lawyers:Carrie Radford; Elle Young; Simon Cooper; Adrian Bingham

Key Clients

Anglo American

Axa XL

CAN Hardy

Canopius

GBE

Hamilton Syndicate

Meinl Bank

R&Q

Resolute Management

Travelers

Work highlights

  • Acting for Travelers and the BBC in respect of insurance claims connected to a fire at a Sony warehouse in Enfield, North London.
  • Representing Hamilton Syndicate in proceedings against its own agent for failing to pay the appropriate amount of stamp duty in Australia.
  • Acting for insurer GBE in an inquest relating to the death of a man in India during an attempt to repatriate him to the UK.
Next Generation Partners

Elle Young - Ince

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Ince

Ince fields a personal injury team that undertakes the complete spectrum of low- to high-value public liability claims in the aviation, shipping and construction industries. Mesothelioma claims, cross-border matters, as well as catastrophic injury and group actions are key areas of activity for the practice. Practice head John McGowan is a go-to specialist for claims arising from incidents in lifts, travelators and escalators.

Practice head(s):John McGowan

Testimonials

'The team is conscious of the client's needs and ways of working as opposed to delivering a 'one size fits all' approach.'

'John McGowan is very aware of the end game (rather than adopting a very procedural approach which is not helpful in resolving claims). He is very thorough, personable and easy to work with.'

Key Clients

Kone plc

IF P&C

Anglo American

A2 Sea Group

Tidewater

Irish Ferries

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Tulip Ltd

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Ince

Ince has a 'highly professional team of experienced lawyers, whose close attention to detail is unequalled in this subject'. The team is regularly instructed on disputes involving lawyers and insurance brokers, and it also offers specialist expertise in representing ship surveyors and managers in maritime negligence cases. The team is instructed by professional indemnity insurers, brokers, accountants, law firms and intermediaries. The team represents Ed Broking (previously CGNMB) on a number of professional indemnity cases. It is also representing Meinl Bank, a leading Austrian banking group, on a D&O insurance claim that was brought against the underwriters, AIG.

Practice head(s):Ben Ogden; Simon Cooper

Testimonials

Max Robinson has wisdom that belies his years.

Ben Ogden, Christopher Crane and Chris Farmer are highly professional and provide a thorough analysis of all background details and relevant facts in all cases; they provide very experienced opinions.

The firm provides a highly efficient service.

Ben Ogden is excellent, and he manages his cases very well.

Key Clients

Ed Broking (previously CGNMB)

Griffin Insurance Association

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC)

LAMP Insurance Company

Resolute Management

Libra

Travelers

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • The team advises International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) on a number of shipping-related professional negligence cases.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Ince

Ince fields a global team from London under the leadership of Simon Hems. While traditionally strong on the contentious front, the firm recently expanded its transactional side through its merger with Gordon Dadds. This union increased the team's litigation, corporate and employment expertise, as well as adding a range of complementary services in areas such as tax, private wealth and immigration. The team's main areas of expertise in the oil and gas space lie in floating production and storage matters as well as decommissioning mandates, especially in the North Sea, for its contractor-heavy client roster. Anna Macdonald was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Simon Hems

Testimonials

'This firm has outstanding knowledge of the maritime and offshore services industry and the lawyers are attuned to what is important to their client's company.'

'Gillie Belsham is a very smart, pragmatic, energized and seasoned partner.'

'Rania Tadros is a smart, talented and experienced lawyer with additional great potential.'

Key Clients

Golar

Pacific Drilling

Heerema

Tidewater

Celsius

Subsea 7

Songa Offshore, now owned by Transocean

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Golar LNG Limited on the $960m sale and leaseback of its FLNG vessel, the Hilli Episeyo, with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited.
  • Acting for Pacific Drilling, a former New York Stock Exchange-listed company focused on deepwater oil drilling, in a highly contentious case concerning the construction of a drilling unit called the Pacific Zonda.
  • Advised Heerema Hartlepool on a large energy construction dispute relating to topside modules for the Cygnus gas field, one of the largest gas field developments in the southern North Sea.
  • Acted alongside the Dubai office to advise NYSE-listed Tidewater Inc. on certain due diligence aspects of its $1.25bn merger with NYSE-listed GulfMark Offshore, Inc.
  • Advised Celsius Tankers in relation to two new-build contracts with Samsung Heavy Industries for the construction of two LNG carriers (with an option for further vessels), each with a value of $187m.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Ince

Ince is particularly prevalent in the offshore wind sector, representing clients including contractors and suppliers. The group is increasingly advising large international utilities on renewable energy projects and major cross-border investments in renewable energy assets. In addition to construction matters, the team assists with issues including share purchase agreements, financing facilities and other transaction and project agreements and other matters such as permits, concessions, environmental and regulatory matters. Anna Macdonald was recently promoted to partner. Former practice head Martin Sandgren has left the firm.

Other key lawyers:Chris Kidd; Anna Macdonald

Key Clients

Terrafirma Roadways

Work highlights

  • Advising Terrafirma Roadways on a major market entry sub-supply contract for a major UK power transmission project – National Grid’s Richborough-Canterbury power line which is part of the 1GW Nemo cable link between the UK and Belgium.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Ince

Following the merger with Ince & Co in October 2018, Gordon Dadds LLP now operates under the Ince brand. Its team, jointly led by Justin Neal and the 'incredibly experienced' Ian Chappell, routinely assists commercial and residential property developers, financial institutions and major retail companies, with litigation arising from the acquisition, sale, development and management of land as well as landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):Justin Neal; Ian Chappell

Other key lawyers:Adrian Bingham; Janet Ayres

Testimonials

'Very commercial and will go the extra mile.'

'Ian Chappell is not afraid to be aggressive and argue his corner. He is switched on and very commercial.'

'Adrian Bingham is lovely to work with and a careful lawyer.'

Key Clients

Berkeley Homes

St James Group

Ryman

Berkeley Corporate Finance

Inspired Asset Management

London & UK Property

Yates Estates

St George Central London

BDW Trading

Unique Property Group

CIT Group

Southwark Square

Roquebrook Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a commercial landlord to pursue rent arrears of over £100k from a guarantor under the terms of an Authorised Guarantee Agreement.
  • Acted on behalf of a business tenant in lease renewal proceedings for its estate agency premises following the receipt of a Section 25 Notice from its landlord opposing the new lease.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Ince

The skilled practitioners at Ince  have insight on both sides of the table, as they act for claimants and defendants alike. Nick Goldstone and the 'tactically brilliant' Robin Shaw head the reputation practice that emerged from the fusion of Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds in December 2018. Shaw has been acting for Private Eye for more than 20 years, giving pre-publication advice on each edition of the magazine and dealing with any libel claims that may arise.

Practice head(s):Nick Goldstone; Robin Shaw

Testimonials

'Robin Shaw is an exceptional individual:  he has extensive knowledge and experience - and phenomenally good judgement.'

'Robin Shaw has unparalleled experience in media-related litigation.'

'Robin's legal knowledge and tactical brilliance, are key. Underestimate him at your own peril.'

Key Clients

Pressdram Limited (publisher of Private Eye)

Telegraph Media Group (publisher of Daily and Sunday Telegraph) Telegraph

Mr John Lydon

Marc John, a film producer

Firstfind Limited (owners of China White trademark)

Remka, Inc. (the 8 year old YouTube star)

Mr Victor Chandler

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Daily Telegraph in litigation brought by Sir Philip Green to prevent publication of allegations of sexual and racial discrimination.
  • Legalling all issues in advance of publication for Private Eye.
  • Advising Private Eye Magazine on a large range of legal services ranging from litigation, defamation, libel, privacy, intellectual property and contractual disputes.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Ince

Following the merger of Ince and Gordon Dadds in October 2018, the combined brand management practice of Ince has a strong focus on contentious work, with media and IP-related disputes a key area of activity. The practice also houses a trade mark filing practice and offers portfolio management services, led by Matthew Hiscox. As head of disputes, Nick Goldstone's practice covers IP enforcement involving trade marks, infringement, passing off, design rights and domain names.

Practice head(s):Nick Goldstone

Key Clients

The Angel Foundation/Dream Brands Limited (GOD TV)

Sportpesa Holdings Limited

Usborne Publishing Limited

Marc John, a film producer

Pressdram Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Sportpesa (sponsors of Everton and Southampton Football Clubs) on its worldwide trade mark portfolio.
  • Continuing to advise Usborne Publishing, the UK’s leading publisher of children’s books, in relation to contentious trade mark, passing off, copyright and domain name issues.
  • Assisting with the management of Covent Garden Market Authority’s trade mark portfolio, rebranding and enforcement services.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 5

Ince

Ince's media, IP and trade marks practice handles commercial work and dispute resolution mandates. Its broad contentious experience includes music copyright and royalty accounting, reputation management, defamation, privacy actions and contractual disputes. It is experienced in acting for newspapers, magazines, book publishers and individuals in creative industries. The team is instructed by John Lydon on a dispute regarding the distribution of royalty revenues of the back catalogue of the Sex Pistols and the division of such revenues between Glenn Matlock and the Trustees of the Estate of the late Sid Vicious. IP enforcement and litigation, trade mark filing, IP portfolio management and IP rights work are also key areas of focus, and the team also advises on soft IP, franchising, licensing, and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):Nick Goldstone

Other key lawyers:Robin Shaw; Melanie Hart; Matthew Hiscox; Max Robinson

Testimonials

Robin Shaw is an exceptional individual and has unparalleled experience as a litigator in this field; he understands the needs of clients and understands the commercial realities of those involved with the media.

Robin Shaw has phenomenal judgment which, combined with his fantastic legal and technical knowledge, makes him a brilliant litigator.

Key Clients

The Angel Foundation/Dream Brands (GOD TV)

Sportpesa Holdings (and various subsidiaries)

Usborne Publishing Limited

Mr John Lydon

The Daily Telegraph

Marc John, a film producer

Firstfind Limited (owners of China White trademark)

Remka, Inc. (the 8 year old YouTube star)

Pressdram Limited (publisher of Private Eye)

Mr Victor Chandler

Work highlights

  • Advises The Angel Foundation/Dream Brands on various trade mark and wider IP matters, which involves the clearance, protection, policing, exploitation and enforcement of IP matters.
  • The team manages manage Sportpesa’s worldwide trade mark portfolio.
  • Advises Usborne Publishing on contentious trade mark, passing off, copyright and domain name issues.
  • Represents The Daily Telegraph Newspaper in the privacy litigation concerning Sir Philip Green.
  • Represeting FirstFind (the owners of the China White trade mark) on claims concerning the ownership of the trading name and trade marks associated with the international night club, China White.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Ince

The team at Ince is 'thoughtful, responsive, thorough and articulate' and it handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory, transactional, employment and commercial work in the aviation sector. The firm's recent merger with Gordon Dadds has broadened its aviation capabilities, bringing corporate and commercial lawyer Richard Elliott into the team. The practice has a strong Middle East following and is instructed by numerous aviation clients in the region. It also has the capacity to service a large volume of flight delay compensation claims, brought under EU Regulation 261/2004, where it acts for leading airlines such as Emirates, Vueling, Norwegian and China Eastern Airlines. Global aviation head Gillie Belsham, who is 'hugely knowledgeable, experienced and is not afraid to make big tactical calls in the conduct of a case', is instructed on complex aviation liability disputes.

Practice head(s):Gillie Belsham

Other key lawyers:Anna Anatolitou; Richard Elliot; Annabel Williamson; Daniel Boden

Testimonials

It combines considerable litigation experience with commercial acumen, and the team has a real understanding of a client's business needs.

The team has fantastic knowledge of the global aviation insurance sector.

Gillie Belsham is a class act.

Anna Anatolitou is a smart and conscientious lawyer; her advice is realistic and balanced.

 

Key Clients

Global Aerospace and the London insurance market

AmTrust Insurance

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Gulf Air

Norwegian Air

Emirates Group

Singapore Technologies Aerospace

Bristow Helicopters

Work highlights

  • The team is instructed by the pilot liability insurers to represent the estate of deceased pilot, Lewis Tonkinson, in litigation arising from a fatal air crash at Popham in January 2015, which killed Mr Tonkinson and his wife.
  • The team represented a component manufacturer in litigation following a lithium battery fire on-board Boeing’s new Dreamliner at Heathrow Airport.
  • ABTA instructs the team on employment matters.
  • The team advises Airways Aviation on regulatory matters.
Leading individuals

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Ince

Despite several high-profile departures, the team at Ince 'still provides a Rolls-Royce service'. With 'experienced practitioners for wet and dry work', the team handles a full range of shipping instructions; it handles contentious and non-contentious work. The team is 'highly regarded' for its proficiency in casualty work and it also offers offshore, regulatory and yachts expertise. Global head of shipping Faz Peermohamed is an 'incredible lawyer with heaps of experience'. Ian Chetwood, Jeremy Biggs and Michael Volikas specialise in disputes; and shipping, trade and offshore specialist Will Marshall is 'very talented'. Christian Dwyer is global head of admiralty and casualty response and represented Great Eastern Shipping and North of England P&I Club in a high value legal proceedings in the UAE and London High Court after an LNG carrier, the Al Khattiya, collided with another tanker, the Jag Laadki, in the Gulf of Oman. Recently promoted partner Jonas Adolfsson handles wet and dry matters. Simon Spark has joined MFB.

Practice head(s):Faz Peermohamed

Other key lawyers:Michael Volikas; Jeremy Biggs; Christian Dwyer; Will Marshall; Fionna Gavin; Jonas Adolfsson; William Blagbrough; Catherine Earnshaw; Antonia Jackson; Rachel Bernie; Charles O’Connor; Ester Toumpouris;

Testimonials

Michael Volikas is known for his depth of knowledge and strategic thinking.

Christian Dwyer is very able at large, complex cases.

Jeremy Biggs and Will Marshall are very commercial and have excellent instincts.

'A truly high-quality, full-service London law firm with a particular knack for shipping and trade law.'

Christian Dwyer and Jonas Adolfsson are switched on; their strategizing for the long run, from the outset of a case, makes both of them an excellent choice for achieving good outcomes.

Faz Peermohamed is one of the most astute and experienced lawyers.

Key Clients

Dubai Bulkers

Gard

Great Eastern Shipping

Angelicoussis/Maran

London P&I Club

Thomas Miller/UK Club

Seaspan

Stealth/Brave

Teekay

North of England P&I Club

Work highlights

  • Representing the cargo owners, a joint venture between Bechtel and Enka, on a $70m dispute with the shipowners that emerged after a vessel, the Atlantik Confidence, traveling from Ukraine to Oman in 2013 with steel cargo, suffered a fire and sank.
  • The team is instructed by Teekay LNG on a complex dispute involving the termination of six long-term bare boat charters for LNG/LPG carriers, and the repossession of the vessels.
  • The team is advising Dubai Bulkers and its insurers on the total loss of the Emerald Star.
  • The team advised Shanghai Salvage Co (SSC) from the immediate aftermath of the collision of MT Sanchi with CF Crystal.
  • The team advises Songa Offshore (now owned by Transocean) on a major shipbuilding dispute relating to four state-of-the-art semi-submersible drilling units built by the major Korean shipyard, DSME.
Leading individuals

Ian Chetwood - Ince

Jeremy Biggs - Ince

Will Marshall - Ince

Next Generation Partners

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Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Ince

Ince's lawyers are 'willing to take the extra step and get involved in understanding the client's business' and the team handles large travel sector projects, often involving multi-jurisdictional issues. The aviation and marine sectors are key focuses and the multidisciplinary team handles regulatory, M&A, dispute resolution, commercial and employment mandates. It advises Emirates Group on litigation, regulatory and commercial matters. The firm's recent merger with Gordon Dadds LLP has brought wider travel industry expertise into the firm, adding hotels, leisure, gambling, property, licensing and tax specialists. Anna Anatolitou heads the travel law practice and stands out for her 'strong industry knowledge'.

Practice head(s):Anna Anatolitou

Testimonials

The team is knowledgeable and accessible.

The team balances legal advice with commercial needs.

Anna Anatolitou provides sound commercial advice.

Key Clients

Amadeus IT Services (UK) Limited

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Emirates Group  (Emirates Airline and Emirates Holidays)

Virgin Atlantic

Norwegian Air

Sri Lankan Airlines

Gulf Air

Jet2.com

Work highlights

  • Advises ABTA – Association of British Travel Agents, on employment matters.
  • Provided employment support to Amadeus IT Services (UK) relating to the merger of two Amadeus travel technology companies.
  • Advises Vueling Airlines on significant UK passenger claims.
  • Advises Norwegian Airlines (includes Norwegian Air Shuttle, Norwegian Air International and Norwegian Air UK) on Brexit, passenger and baggage claims, denied boarding, cancellation of flights and carriage of animals issues.
  • Advising several air carriers on GDPR policies and continued compliance matters.
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