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Ince & Co

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Ince & Co is an international commercial law firm, with 13 offices worldwide, founded in 1870 with its London office opening in 1979. The number of staff has grown to around 600, including over 100 partners and more than 260 other lawyers worldwide.

The firm: Ince & Co serves its global client base from offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We provide the best quality legal advice and strategic guidance to clients based in four core sectors: Transport, Trade, Energy & Infrastructure and Insurance. By combining our sector expertise, legal knowledge and market experience, we deliver services in support of our clients' most complex disputes, transactions and projects.

The firm is traditionally highly regarded in both shipping and insurance, with a number of offices located in key strategic locations for these markets internationally. Its corporate and finance practice has grown significantly in recent years and the firm has developed a strong transactional business to complement its contentious work.

The lawyers' in-depth knowledge of clients' industries allows Ince & Co to develop innovative products and solutions, including Ince Compliance, Ports and Maritime Logistics and Cyber Security solutions.

It has recently opened new offices in Cologne and Marseille in line with its strategy to grow business in its core sectors in key locations. The strategy to adapt and diversify its business to meet clients' needs is leading to strong sustained growth in the firm's chosen sectors and geographies.

Clients range from major international corporations through to smaller companies, private individuals and others. Some examples include global ports and terminal operators, oil and gas contractors, underwriters and banks, international energy companies and many others. The firm's clients have interests around the world, from Afghanistan to Zambia. In jurisdictions where Ince & Co does not have an office, it works with law firms with which it has close links and, in many cases, strong personal relationships, in order to carry out clients' requests.

Types of work undertaken: Within the four sector areas that Ince & Co covers, the firm has a broad range of expertise, including EU law, competition and regulation, commercial disputes, insolvency and corporate recovery, trade and commodity finance, shipping dispute resolution, sale and purchase transactions, bills of lading, aviation insurance, reinsurance, emergency response, ports and maritime infrastructure, and yacht accidents and claims. The firm's advice covers commercial disputes and transactional and corporate matters, including contracts, commercial issues, employment, finance and property. It also practises English, French, German, Greek, UAE, Hong Kong and PRC law. Singapore law advice is provided by Incisive Law LLC, with whom Ince & Co in Singapore has a formal law alliance.

Transport: the firm's reputation for delivering the highest quality advice and outcomes for clients in the aviation sector is built on its specialist legal knowledge and in-depth understanding of the aviation industry. It covers all areas of aviation law including aviation liabilities and dispute resolution; aviation finance and leasing, including fleet acquisition and renewal of airframes and engines; and aviation regulatory and commercial law including UK and EU competition law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and travel and consumer law. Ince & Co's shipping lawyers advise shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, hull insurers, cargo owners, shipbuilders and banks, and fully understand the problems of the industry and the unique challenges faced by clients operating in it. Known as one of the world's leading maritime law firms, it helps with dispute resolution, charterparties, shipbuilding, shipping incidents and casualties.

Trade: the global trade and commodities group operates in each sector of the commodities markets including oil and gas, grains and soft commodities, metals, coal, power, LNG and derivatives. It is recognised for its ability to respond quickly and with no-nonsense, concise advise. It also provides expertise in corporate work, and trade and commodity finance.

Energy & Infrastructure: Ince & Co acts for the full range of companies in the oil and gas world, including services companies, drillers, oil companies, construction and fabrication companies and yards, refinery and terminal operators, traders, banks and investors, insurers and more. It has a strong reputation for handling heavyweight, technical disputes and a wide range of projects, including: oil and gas exploration and production; world leading offshore LNG - including many 'firsts' in the spheres of FSRUs and FLNG; engineering and offshore construction/installation; ports and terminals; and other shoreline infrastructure.

Insurance: Ince & Co is one of the leading specialist insurance and reinsurance firms in the world with deep roots in the London and international markets. Its lawyers have deep sector knowledge and market-leading expertise in multiple classes of business, including expertise in corporate insurance and financial lines.

Other offices: Beijing, Cologne, Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, Marseille, Monaco, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai, Singapore

  • Number of UK partners: 50
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 117
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Aviation: 5
  • Energy: 21
  • Insurance: 11
  • International trade: 6
  • Shipping: 51
  • Other: 6

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