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Ince Gordon Dadds LLP

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The firm: Ince & Co is an international commercial law firm with 13 offices across the world, covering all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work in four core sectors: transport, trade, energy and infrastructure, and insurance. Founded in 1870, Ince & Co has gone from strength to strength, building up a strong reputation in its chosen sectors.

With over 600 people, including over 90 partners and more than 180 other lawyers worldwide, the firm practises English, French, German, Greek, 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.

Ince & Co France, located in Paris, Le Havre and Marseille joined the international Ince & Co network in 2002. The firm’s French offices have 11 partners and 18 other lawyers. The French team is composed of many lawyers and solicitors speaking French, English, Spanish, German and Chinese covering contentious and non-contentious work.

With three offices in France, Ince & Co is a major player in the French legal market. The firm is ranked among the best by editorial guides in transportation, financing, insurance, customs, yachting, business jets, insolvency and industrial risks.

In Le Havre, Ince & Co’s lawyers provide a wide range of legal services to the maritime sector from shipping and transport, through to port regulations and fishing. The firm also has particular expertise in customs and excise. the firm’s clients include local businesses, shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, stevedores, freight forwarders and cargo insurers.

Areas of practice: Shipping and transport: Ince & Co advises its clients on their projects but also in commercial disputes in international trade, finance and logistics, as well as maritime, road, rail, aviation and multi-modal transport. The firm advises all participants in the maritime industry: owners, charterers, freight handlers, shipyards, and marine insurers including hull, cargo and freight.

Customs and excise: The firm’s customs and excise department deals with all customs and excises matters (advices on customs and excise issues and assisting clients during customs investigations). It also carries out surveys, audits (AEO), lectures and deals with questions relating to the enforcement of French and EU customs regulations. Ince & Co’s lawyers also advise on the customs and VAT implications of using large yachts in EU waters, whether privately or commercially. The firm regularly advises on excise regulations.

Insolvency: In January 2012 Ince & Co broadened its field of expertise with the lateral hire of a lawyer, who is a specialist in insolvency matters and worked with an authorised liquidator for 10 years. Her legal and local knowledge allows us to deal with important, high-profile and newsworthy cases in a wide variety of sectors (including environmental).

Commercial disputes and arbitration: The firm are skilled and experienced litigators. The firm have a worldwide reputation, based on its strategic and thorough handling of contentious matters. The firm attends all state courts as well the main arbitration institutions (ICC, Paris Maritime arbitration court).

Insurance: The firm represents clients in mediation procedures, before all courts and in arbitration institutions. Ince & Co advise on regulatory questions and on the scope of insurance coverage as well as drafting insurance policies.

  • Other offices

  • London

  • Cologne

  • Hamburg

  • Paris

  • Piraeus

  • Marseille

  • Monaco

  • Beijing

  • Shanghai

  • Hong Kong

  • Singapore

  • Dubai

  • Number of lawyers: 298
  • at this office: 8
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Member
  • Green Lane
  • The Alliance of European Customs and Trade Law Firms

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