Mr Ian Chetwood > Ince > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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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).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Shipping

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Ian ChetwoodInce

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.