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Ince, Christian Dwyer, London, ENGLAND

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Christian Dwyer

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Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime


Global Head of Admiralty


Christian is the Global Head of the firm’s Admiralty & Casualty Response team. His practice covers shipping, energy & offshore and international trade.

Christian is a shipping and offshore specialist and acts for a number of the world’s largest shipowners/operators, offshore contractors and hull, P&I, FD&D and energy insurers. He has extensive experience of both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ shipping. His practice covers the full range of admiralty work, including collisions, salvage, total losses, general average, wreck removal, pollution, liabilities, groundings and shipboard fires, as well as with complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. His ‘dry’ practice encompasses the full scope of shipping related matters from Charterparty, bills of lading and cargo disputes to pool agreements, shipbuilding and ship conversions. In addition to working within the UK market, Christian is particularly active in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and India.

Christian acts for a number of offshore energy contractors and operators. He advises on the construction and operation of state-of-the-art drill ships, offshore drilling units and production platforms. He has successfully dealt with a number of large-scale offshore construction disputes relating to issues involving design changes, cost overruns and warranty claims.

Christian regularly assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts for offshore drilling projects and he has also drafted bespoke turnkey supply and drilling contracts.

International Trade
Christian acts for commodity trading companies focusing on soft commodities.

He advises on all aspects of the sale and transportation of soft commodities and has dealt with numerous trade disputes ranging from contamination, shortage and late delivery claims to hedging issues. His expertise extends to trade arbitrations, including GAFTA and FOSFA.

In addition, Christian has drafted different types of sale, off-take, storage and joint venture agreements and has advised trader clients on their corporate structures.




Admiralty Solicitor Group


Edinburgh University

London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Ince is a ‘fantastic shipping firm’ which boasts ‘in-depth expertise’ across wet and dry shipping. It handles major casualties, high-profile maritime disputes, regulatory matters and transactions. The team also stands out for its yachts experience. Headline work includes advising oil tanker Alnic MC, and its owner, Energetic Tank, in connection with a major collision that occurred between it and a U.S. Navy destroyer; representing Great Eastern Shipping and North of England P&I Club in $30m proceedings in the UAE and London as a result of  a collision of an LNG carrier and another tanker in the Gulf of Oman; and representing Teekay LNG Partners on a $110m case involving the termination of six long-term bare boat charters and the repossession of the vessels.  The team also represented Gard in a high-profile $170m unsafe port claim, the Ocean Victory. Key figures include global shipping head Faz Peermohamed, who has ‘fantastic experience’; Michael Volikas, who handles commercial disputes for shipping sector clients; Ian Chetwood, who handles contentious wet and dry work; Christian Dwyer, who is global head of the firm’s admiralty and casualty response team; ‘first-rate’ litigator Jeremy Biggs; and Will Marshall, who is global head of trade. Also noted are Duncan Bateson, who advises on superyachts and commercial shipping mandates, Simon Spark, Fionna Gavin and Chris Kidd. Paul Herring has relocated to the firm's Piraeus office, while Kevin Cooper has joined MFB, David Richards has joined The North of England P&I Association and Jonathan Elvey has left the firm.

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