Mr Jeremy Biggs > Ince > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Aldgate Tower
2 Leman Street
E1 8QN
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Work Department

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.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes

Ince has a disputes group that is ‘aggressive, informed, technically proficient and a pleasure to work with‘. The bulk of its contentious commodities work stems from the oil and gas sector, though it has a growing caseload in  soft commodities and metals. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is also a key area of specialist expertise. Will Marshall, who leads the global commodities practice, ‘has a very sharp intellect and is very hands-on‘. Key partner Carl Walker represents some of the world’s largest trading houses in physical commodity trading disputes, particularly matters concerning oil and gas trading. Jeremy Biggs handles large commodities matters for the likes of Trafigura. Rory Macfarlane‘s practice focuses on disputes in Asian markets, most notably Japan. William Blagbrough is an emerging presence in the London market having relocated from Hong Kong in 2018.

London > Transport > Shipping

(Leading individuals)

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The ‘best-in-class’ team at Ince handles ‘the complete spectrum of legal shipping issues’, including shipbuilding, charterparty disputes and casualty issues. Led by Michael Volikas in London, the practice also includes Greece-based Paul Herring, litigators Ian Chetwood and Jeremy Biggs as well as admiralty specialist Christian Dwyer. The practice has recently gone through a period of significant change, including the acquisition of an experienced team from Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless, including Paul Griffiths, William Chetwood and Joanna Steele. The firm also secured the key hire of Hill Dickinson LLP global practice head Julian Clark as senior partner. Clark has over 30 years’ experience in this sector, handling big-ticket litigation, arbitration and mediation. Those new additions came on the back of a series of departures, including global shipping head Faz Peermohamed, global trade chief Will Marshall and commercial disputes partner Jonas Adolfsson.