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Ince, Ian Chetwood, London, ENGLAND

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Ian Chetwood

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Maritime, Insurance




Ian has significant experience in shipping cases and large scale commercial disputes in court proceedings, arbitrations and ADR for clients around the world. He advises across the full spectrum of shipping disputes, including wet cases (collisions and other casualties, salvage and pollution incidents) and dry (cargo claims, charterparty disputes, ship repair claims and marine insurance claims).

In the field of shipping disputes, Ian acts for shipowners, P&I Clubs and hull insurers, and has also represented clients in some of the leading oil spill cases of recent years. He is a member of Ince’s international emergency response team.

His expertise in dispute resolution for the shipping industry extends to P&I and marine insurance claims, where he regularly acts for shipowners, P&I and hull insurers. He has investigated insurance claims (such as claims for total loss) and provided advice on the interpretation of insurance clauses. He has given evidence on English insurance law in overseas proceedings.

He is recommended as a leading lawyer by the shipping industry in the independent guides to the legal profession.

Highlight Matters
Ian has acted in many significant cases including the Haven, (oil tanker explosion off Genoa); the Sea Empress (grounding and oil spill off Milford Haven); the Indian Grace (the House of Lords on estoppel and the nature of an in rem action); the Limburg (exploded off Yemen); the Key Singapore (disputed salvage of an oil rig); the Front Comor – Allianz v West Tankers [2009] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 413 and case C-185/07 (The House of Lords and European Court of Justice on anti-suit injunctions); the Athena [2011] EWHC 589 ( jurisdiction and establishing contract terms); the Rena (containership grounding off Tauranga, New Zealand); and the Ocean Victory [2017] UKSC 35 (The Supreme Court on a US$170m unsafe port claim).

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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