Will Marshall > Ince > London, England > Lawyer Profile
2 Leman Street
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Maritime, Dispute Resolution, Commodities & Trade, Commercial, Energy & Infrastructure
Global Head of Trade, Partner
Will is a shipping, trade and offshore energy specialist. He acts for a number of the world’s largest trading houses, energy contractors and ship-owners/operators. He has been a partner since 2007 and provides commercial advice on the production, trade and transportation of oil, gas (including LNG) and other commodities. His litigation expertise (both in England and internationally) is extensive with Will regularly managing major disputes in international institutional arbitrations (LCIA, ICC, SIAC, LMAA etc.) and in High Court proceedings.
As well as litigating energy, commodities and shipping disputes, Will is a key member of the firm’s specialist LNG and offshore projects teams assisting clients with transactions in relation to LNG, FPSO, FSRU, FLNG and offshore drilling projects along with associated contracts such as construction, conversion and shipbuilding agreements, joint ventures and operational services agreements. He also assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of commodities’ sale contracts, joint venture and profit-sharing arrangements and various derivatives products. He is recognised as a leading lawyer by clients operating in the shipping, commodities and energy sectors in the key independent guides to the legal profession.
As well as litigating energy, commodities and shipping disputes, Will is a key member of the firm’s specialist LNG and offshore projects teams assisting clients with transactions in relation to LNG, FPSO, FSRU, FLNG and offshore drilling projects along with associated contracts such as construction, conversion and shipbuilding agreements, joint ventures and operational services agreements. He also assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of commodities’ sale contracts, joint venture and profit sharing arrangements and various derivatives products.
– Representing an international drilling contractor in defending a USD700m claim pursued by a Korean shipyard in respect of the cancellation for delay of a state of the art semi-submersible drilling rig.
– Defending a European accommodation unit owner/operator against a US$125 m delay and disruption claim pursued by a Korean shipyard following cancellation of the unit.
– Providing advice and assistance to a drilling contractor in respect of a US$375 m international arbitration with a leading shipyard concerning design obligations in relation to a series of new build semi-submersible drilling rigs.
– Advising a major FPSO owner/operator in respect of US$100m dispute arising under a long term lease agreement concluded with an Oil Major.
– Representing a drilling contractor in relation to a disputes arising under a drilling contract with the Oil Major client in respect of upgrade work and contract duration.
– Representing a major commodities trader in multiple LCIA arbitration and High Court proceedings in respect of a US$80m dispute relating to two cargoes of Angolan crude oil.
– Assisting a ship-owner in respect of allegations concerning the providence of the oil cargo shipped on board, resulting in a Court ordered sale of the cargo and multiple arrest and attachment proceedings in West Africa.
– Assisting a major international shipping company in connection with the termination of six long term bareboat charterparties and the US$120m claims arising.
– Advising on the work out of loans and debts in respect of a fleet of offshore support and pipe-laying vessels including the repossession of the vessels by their owners and pursuit of claims against the defaulting charterer.
– Representing an international trading company in respect of a US$15m dispute in respect of the sourcing and supply of LNG cargoes.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
Ince ‘s core sector expertise was strengthened by the 2018 merger of legacy Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds, adding to its litigation capability as well as boosting its corporate and employment law presence. Legacy Ince & Co has a long-established presence in the London commodities market and it handles logistics, sale of goods, shipping, hedging and letter of credit disputes, as well as a broad range of other commercial litigation. The London group acts for large independent trading companies including Trafigura and Glencore, as well as metals traders and several Chinese state trading companies and Japanese trading conglomerates. Under the leadership of global head of trade Will Marshall , the practice continues to focus on LNG trading, in which it advises some of the most active market participants. The firm boosted the London practice with the transfer of partners Rory Macfarlane and William Blagbrough from its Hong Kong office.(Leading individuals)
Despite several high-profile departures, the team at Ince ‘still provides a Rolls-Royce service‘. With ‘experienced practitioners for wet and dry work‘, the team handles a full range of shipping instructions; it handles contentious and non-contentious work. The team is ‘highly regarded‘ for its proficiency in casualty work and it also offers offshore, regulatory and yachts expertise. Global head of shipping Faz Peermohamed is an ‘incredible lawyer with heaps of experience‘. Ian Chetwood, Jeremy Biggs and Michael Volikas specialise in disputes; and shipping, trade and offshore specialist Will Marshall is ‘very talented‘. Christian Dwyer is global head of admiralty and casualty response and represented Great Eastern Shipping and North of England P&I Club in a high value legal proceedings in the UAE and London High Court after an LNG carrier, the Al Khattiya, collided with another tanker, the Jag Laadki, in the Gulf of Oman. Recently promoted partner Jonas Adolfsson handles wet and dry matters. Simon Spark has joined MFB.
- Leading individuals - London > Transport > Shipping
- Leading individuals - London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes
- Commodities disputes - London > Dispute resolution
- Shipping - London > Transport
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Transport > Aviation
- Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes
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- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
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- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Human resources > Employment: senior executives
- Private client > Family
- Insurance > Personal injury: defendant
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Insurance > Professional negligence
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- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Brand management
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- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Property litigation
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- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation
- Human resources > Employment: employers
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