Mr William Blagbrough > Ince > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Ince
4404-10, 44th Floor, One Island East
18 Westlands Road
Taikoo Place
Hong Kong
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Work Department

Maritime, International Trade & Commodities, Commercial Disputes, Insurance & Reinsurance

Position

Partner

Career

Will trained in London and moved to Hong Kong in 2010. He handles and negotiates a variety of complex shipping and trade contracts and has a particular interest in the development strategy and framework around the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative.

Previously seconded to a large international commodities trader, Will specialises in both contentious and non-contentious aspects of international trade including the sale of goods and commodities on various delivery terms (ranging from multi-year agreements to spot sales) and letters of credit.  In addition, he advises on all facets of charterparties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, cargo damage / loss claims both in relation to drafting and problem-solving/dispute resolution.

Will also has a dedicated legal practice dealing with corporate insolvencies, rescues, and enforcement of creditors’ rights. He advises companies generally, and shipping companies in particular, directors and creditors on issues or disputes that can arise both before and after the start of formal insolvency proceedings as well as enforcing security, working out charter party and shipbuilding contracts and advising on risk and liabilities in the shipping insolvency context.

Highlight matters:

 

>  Negotiating very substantial long term contracts of affreightment and asset purchases for various clients as part of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative – deals each worth many billions of US$;

>  Advising various ship owners in respect of their potential liabilities following the insolvency of OW Bunkers and developing strategies to avoid double payment;

>  Advising various creditors of STX Pan Ocean following Pan Ocean’s insolvency – disputes worth in excess of US$ 35 million – close to 100% recovery for clients by successfully keeping claims outside the Korean insolvency proceedings;

>  Advising a major offshore contractor in its recovery of an US$ 8 million debt against assets of its debtor which had been frozen by the government in Hong Kong – 100% recovery for clients; 

>  Advising a major oil company in its claim against a large international bank following the bank’s refusal to honour a letter of credit to the value of US$ 50 million – 100% recovery of claim and legal costs for clients;

>  Advising a major commodities trader in its US$ 3 million claim against a Chinese state owned company for breach of a commodities sale/purchase contract – 100% recovery for clients in arbitration in Hong Kong;

>  Advising a leading bunker supplier on establishing business operations in HK and drafting their standard terms of business;

> Advising various clients on their rights and options following the insolvency of Korea Lines Corporation.

Memberships

>  Law Society of England and Wales

>  Law Society of Hong Kong

Education

University of Durham

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.