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Jeremy Biggs

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Maritime, Commodities & Trade, Commercial Disputes




Jeremy has over 18 years’ experience specialising in all aspects of shipping, as well as international trade and commodities. He acts for the full range of shipping clients in multiple jurisdictions, including shipowners, charterers, pool operators, cargo Interests, shipbrokers, P&I Clubs and H&M Underwriters. Jeremy is a key member of the firm’s Greece and Turkey teams, having been closely involved in those markets for over fifteen years.

Jeremy's wide-ranging maritime expertise covers all aspects of dry and wet shipping matters encountered through the life of a vessel, from charterparty disputes and collisions, to shipbuilding and sale and purchase.

He regularly represents shipping clients in London arbitrations (LMAA, ICC, LCIA and ad-hoc arbitrations) and the English High Court, as well as in multi-jurisdictional disputes involving connected proceedings in different countries.

Jeremy also advises clients on non-contentious issues, particularly in relation to drafting of charterparty terms, shipbuilding contracts, sale and purchase, joint venture agreements, shipmanagement and shipbroking contracts, commission agreements, and pool agreements.

His expertise extends to advising commodity trading companies on all aspects of the sale and transportation of coal, steel, metals, soft commodities, crude oil, refined products and gas. He has dealt with numerous trade disputes including contamination, shortage and late delivery claims and has experience of handling international trade arbitrations.

Highlight Matters
-The “Songa Winds” [2018] EWCA Civ 1901 – acted for the successful intermediate time charterers in pursuing claims under Letter of Indemnity for delivery of cargo without original bills of lading, and succeeded in the Court of Appeal on question of whether a term of the Charterparty could impact the validity of the LOI;
- The “Zagora” [2016] EWHC 3212 – acted for the successful Owners in dispute under Letter of Indemnity for delivery of cargo without original bills of lading;
- The “Astipalaia” [2014] EWHC 120 (Admlty) – acted for the successful Owners in recovery of substantial damages for loss of profits following collision;
- The “Kos” [2012] UKSC 17 – acted for the successful Owners in Court of Appeal decision on ability to recover costs of providing security, and in Supreme Court decision on entitlement to remuneration after termination of time charter;
- The “A Turtle” [2008] EWHC 3034 (Admlty) – acted for Owners in successfully defending claim for freight by tug owners, and involving ‘knock for knock’ provisions under the Towcon charter.
- Nisshin Shipping Co Ltd v Cleaves & Company Ltd [2003] APP.L.R. 11/07 – acted for successful charterparty brokers in the first ever case under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 for recovery of substantial brokerage commissions.


English, French, Spanish


Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)


Qualified in England & Wales, 2003.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Ince is widely known for its shipping law expertise but its dispute resolution experience also covers litigation involving the insurance, construction, aviation and energy sectors, as well as employment, fraud and insolvency issues. Ben Ogden is recommended for commercial disputes, predominantly connected to the acquisition of businesses, and contentious insurance work. Jeremy Biggs specialises in dispute resolution, with a particular focus on all aspects of shipping litigation, as well as international trade and general commercial disputes.

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London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Jeremy Biggs - Ince

Within: Shipping

Ince¬†is a ‚Äėfantastic shipping firm‚Äô which boasts ‚Äėin-depth expertise‚Äô 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 ‚Äėfantastic experience‚Äô; 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‚Äôs admiralty and casualty response team; ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô 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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