Firm Profile > Ince > Cardiff, Wales

Ince
47 CHARLES STREET
CARDIFF
CF10 2GD
Wales

Family Tier 2

Ince provides an 'excellent service', advising on matters of private and public law, cases involving children, injunctions and cohabitation disputes. The team includes Susan Williams , who has more than 24 years experience dealing with matters such as divorce and financial proceedings, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and disputes between co-habiting couples, civil partnerships and same sex marriages, and Sharon Priday. Priday advises across many aspects of family and matrimonial law.

Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Ince's Wales corporate team is led by Theresa Grech, who joined the firm in early 2018 after previous stints as a partner at two other prominent firms in the South West. The recent merger of Gordon Dadds and Ince means the Cardiff-based team is able to draw on expertise from a large corporate group in London, as well as lawyers in the wider firm's international network. The practice focuses on work for small to medium-sized private companies, including family-owned businesses and start-ups. Grech works in tandem with Melanie Kincaid, who heads up the firm's corporate support service, which handles company secretarial, corporate law and governance issues.

Testimonials

‘Extremely flexible and efficient.’

‘A balanced and diverse team which displays a depth of professionalism.’ 

‘Theresa Grech is very able and picks up complex issues very quickly.’ 

Key clients

Gus Periscopes Limited

Gwalia Healthcare Limited

Six Star Powys Ltd

Rhodri Davies Limited

Stockomendation Limited

R & A Lampard Limited

C D Gray & Associates Limited

The Kitchen Bureau Ltd

Specialist Models & Displays Limited

Aviation Tier 2

The team at Ince is 'thoughtful, responsive, thorough and articulate' and it handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory, transactional, employment and commercial work in the aviation sector. The firm's recent merger with Gordon Dadds has broadened its aviation capabilities, bringing corporate and commercial lawyer Richard Elliott into the team. The practice has a strong Middle East following and is instructed by numerous aviation clients in the region. It also has the capacity to service a large volume of flight delay compensation claims, brought under EU Regulation 261/2004, where it acts for leading airlines such as Emirates, Vueling, Norwegian and China Eastern Airlines. Global aviation head Gillie Belsham, who is 'hugely knowledgeable, experienced and is not afraid to make big tactical calls in the conduct of a case', is instructed on complex aviation liability disputes.

Testimonials

It combines considerable litigation experience with commercial acumen, and the team has a real understanding of a client’s business needs.

The team has fantastic knowledge of the global aviation insurance sector.

Gillie Belsham is a class act.

Anna Anatolitou is a smart and conscientious lawyer; her advice is realistic and balanced.

 

Key clients

Global Aerospace and the London insurance market

AmTrust Insurance

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Gulf Air

Norwegian Air

Emirates Group

Singapore Technologies Aerospace

Bristow Helicopters

Commodities disputes Tier 2

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.

Key clients

Trafigura

Invicta Food Group

Glencore

China United International Petroleum & Chemicals Co Ltd (UNIPEC)

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Ince provides regulatory and commercial advice in the gambling sector, including assisting with domestic and cross-border licensing queries, criminal proceedings and the defence of licences. The practice is also experienced in advising on sponsorship contracts and trade mark and domain name protection, as well as on corporate structuring. Alex Ktorides advises on the implementation of measures to comply with anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption legislation. Andrew Cotton advises on advertisement regulations and assists overseas-based remote operators and software suppliers with their applications for operating licences from the Gambling Commission. Andrew Tait relocated to the firm's Gibraltar office.

Key clients

Metric Gaming

Spin Games

Genesis Global

Billion Dollar Draw

Nektan

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 2

Ince, which merged with Gordon Dadds in December 2018, has well-established credentials in cross-border energy, property, political risk and professional indemnity insurance work. The traditionally strong marine team has seen significant changes this year with the departure of Joe O’Keefe to Stephenson Harwood in late 2018, the return of Simon Todd  - who had retired - as a consultant in March 2019, and the recent promotion of Carrie Radford and Elle Young to lead the practice. Other key members of the team include global insurance group head Kiran Soar and property and construction insurance specialist Adrian Bingham.

Key clients

Anglo American

Axa XL

CAN Hardy

Canopius

GBE

Hamilton Syndicate

Meinl Bank

R&Q

Resolute Management

Travelers

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Following its merger at the end of 2018, the combined Ince now has 14 partners covering corporate M&A. The broad range of sectors covered by the legacy firms is still a feature, and work highlights have encompassed the transport, aviation and real estate sectors. The firm primarily acts for small to medium-sized private companies, often family-owned businesses or companies owned by high net worth entrepreneurs. The team also handles some public work, and acted on its own admission to the AIM market. Mona Patel is recommended for her experience in cross-border mergers, acquisitions and disposals, in addition to advising on management buyouts and restructurings. The corporate department is led by Alon Domb, who specialises in private company M&A, especially those with a corporate real estate focus.

Testimonials

The team are technically excellent and capable. They focus on commercial outcomes for customers with flexible charging rather than just running up billable hours. Overall they are a pleasure to work with

Mona Patel is an excellent all-round lawyer, highly skilled technically with extensive knowledge of specialist subjects and a graceful professional style.

Key clients

Apex Holdings (UK) Limited

Engenie Limited

Perrys Acre Limited

My London Home Limited

Troubadour Theatre

Vuealta Limited

Laundrapp Limited

Marla International Ltd

Shipping Tier 2

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.

Testimonials

Michael Volikas is known for his depth of knowledge and strategic thinking.

Christian Dwyer is very able at large, complex cases.

Jeremy Biggs and Will Marshall are very commercial and have excellent instincts.

‘A truly high-quality, full-service London law firm with a particular knack for shipping and trade law.’

Christian Dwyer and Jonas Adolfsson are switched on; their strategizing for the long run, from the outset of a case, makes both of them an excellent choice for achieving good outcomes.

Faz Peermohamed is one of the most astute and experienced lawyers.

Key clients

Dubai Bulkers

Gard

Great Eastern Shipping

Angelicoussis/Maran

London P&I Club

Thomas Miller/UK Club

Seaspan

Stealth/Brave

Teekay

North of England P&I Club

Licensing Tier 3

Ince's team acts for landlords, casino operators, theatres and breweries. Practice head Philip Somarakis has considerable experience representing clients before licensing committees and in the Magistrates Court. In one notable highlight, he is acting for Club K in obtaining a variation of a premises licence in Hounslow's cumulative impact zone. Andrew Cotton is another standout figure, particularly for liquor licensing, where he advises clients on the licensing of premises.

Testimonials

‘The team fully understands exactly what is required in the licensing process in multiple jurisdictions and have excellent interpersonal skills.’

Key clients

Open Air Theatre

BAFTA

Ping Pong

Heals Department Stores

Chinawhite

Sunbeam Studios

Oil and gas Tier 3

Ince fields a global team from London under the leadership of Simon Hems. While traditionally strong on the contentious front, the firm recently expanded its transactional side through its merger with Gordon Dadds. This union increased the team's litigation, corporate and employment expertise, as well as adding a range of complementary services in areas such as tax, private wealth and immigration. The team's main areas of expertise in the oil and gas space lie in floating production and storage matters as well as decommissioning mandates, especially in the North Sea, for its contractor-heavy client roster. Anna Macdonald was recently promoted to the partnership.

Testimonials

‘This firm has outstanding knowledge of the maritime and offshore services industry and the lawyers are attuned to what is important to their client’s company.’

‘Gillie Belsham is a very smart, pragmatic, energized and seasoned partner.’

‘Rania Tadros is a smart, talented and experienced lawyer with additional great potential.’

Key clients

Golar

Pacific Drilling

Heerema

Tidewater

Celsius

Subsea 7

Songa Offshore, now owned by Transocean

Employment: senior executives Tier 4

The employment team at Ince, which merged with Gordon Dadds at the end of 2018, provides a full service offering from contract drafting to dispute resolution. The team regularly advises senior executives in the media, retail, travel, financial services and tech sectors, while on the employer side, the firm works with clients in areas such as shipping, energy, and commodities. Laura Livingstone heads the team, which following the merger can now offer clients a broader range of services, drawing on the newly enlarged firm's tax, private wealth and immigration capabilities. Other key members of the practice include Marie van der Zyl, who handles the full range of employment law issues for both employers and senior executives.

Family Tier 4

Under the leadership of John Burrell, the Gordon Dadds team has a particular focus on dealing with divorce and the separation of co-habitees. It also deals with the resulting issues of finance and child arrangements when the relationship breaks down. The team is experienced at advising on pre- and post-nuptial settlements as well as co-habitation agreements that frequently involve international trusts and international wealth. In addition the department is skilled at dealing with private law children matters often with an international element such as cases involving the relocation of children.

Testimonials

A small but experienced family law team. John Burrell is a wise and determined lawyer‘.

John Burrell is empathetic, clever, resolution and result focused. Always makes himself available and goes the extra mile‘.

Yael Selig is an accomplished lawyer, very intelligent, also down to earth and practical‘.

David Ruck works well for his clients‘.

Lara Myers is a hardworking and clever associate‘.

Emma Morris is tenacious and determined. A tough negotiator, focused on settlement when possible, but will fight for the client if necessary to get them the best deal‘.

A very deep and knowledgeable understanding of the legal terrain, distilled into clear and practical advice. Excellent is the only word to describe the service delivered’.

Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

Ince fields a personal injury team that undertakes the complete spectrum of low- to high-value public liability claims in the aviation, shipping and construction industries. Mesothelioma claims, cross-border matters, as well as catastrophic injury and group actions are key areas of activity for the practice. Practice head John McGowan is a go-to specialist for claims arising from incidents in lifts, travelators and escalators.

Testimonials

‘The team is conscious of the client’s needs and ways of working as opposed to delivering a ‘one size fits all’ approach.’

‘John McGowan is very aware of the end game (rather than adopting a very procedural approach which is not helpful in resolving claims). He is very thorough, personable and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Kone plc

IF P&C

Anglo American

A2 Sea Group

Tidewater

Irish Ferries

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Tulip Ltd

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Ince is particularly prevalent in the offshore wind sector, representing clients including contractors and suppliers. The group is increasingly advising large international utilities on renewable energy projects and major cross-border investments in renewable energy assets. In addition to construction matters, the team assists with issues including share purchase agreements, financing facilities and other transaction and project agreements and other matters such as permits, concessions, environmental and regulatory matters. Anna Macdonald was recently promoted to partner. Former practice head Martin Sandgren has left the firm.

Professional negligence Tier 4

Ince has a 'highly professional team of experienced lawyers, whose close attention to detail is unequalled in this subject'. The team is regularly instructed on disputes involving lawyers and insurance brokers, and it also offers specialist expertise in representing ship surveyors and managers in maritime negligence cases. The team is instructed by professional indemnity insurers, brokers, accountants, law firms and intermediaries. The team represents Ed Broking (previously CGNMB) on a number of professional indemnity cases. It is also representing Meinl Bank, a leading Austrian banking group, on a D&O insurance claim that was brought against the underwriters, AIG.

Testimonials

Max Robinson has wisdom that belies his years.

Ben Ogden, Christopher Crane and Chris Farmer are highly professional and provide a thorough analysis of all background details and relevant facts in all cases; they provide very experienced opinions.

The firm provides a highly efficient service.

Ben Ogden is excellent, and he manages his cases very well.

Key clients

Ed Broking (previously CGNMB)

Griffin Insurance Association

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC)

LAMP Insurance Company

Resolute Management

Libra

Travelers

Willis Towers Watson

Reputation management Tier 4

The skilled practitioners at Ince  have insight on both sides of the table, as they act for claimants and defendants alike. Nick Goldstone and the 'tactically brilliantRobin Shaw head the reputation practice that emerged from the fusion of Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds in December 2018. Shaw has been acting for Private Eye for more than 20 years, giving pre-publication advice on each edition of the magazine and dealing with any libel claims that may arise.

Testimonials

‘Robin Shaw is an exceptional individual:  he has extensive knowledge and experience – and phenomenally good judgement.’

‘Robin Shaw has unparalleled experience in media-related litigation.’

‘Robin’s legal knowledge and tactical brilliance, are key. Underestimate him at your own peril.’

Key clients

Pressdram Limited (publisher of Private Eye)

Telegraph Media Group (publisher of Daily and Sunday Telegraph) Telegraph

Mr John Lydon

Marc John, a film producer

Firstfind Limited (owners of China White trademark)

Remka, Inc. (the 8 year old YouTube star)

Mr Victor Chandler

Brand management Tier 5

Following the merger of Ince and Gordon Dadds in October 2018, the combined brand management practice of Ince has a strong focus on contentious work, with media and IP-related disputes a key area of activity. The practice also houses a trade mark filing practice and offers portfolio management services, led by Matthew Hiscox. As head of disputes, Nick Goldstone's practice covers IP enforcement involving trade marks, infringement, passing off, design rights and domain names.

Key clients

The Angel Foundation/Dream Brands Limited (GOD TV)

Sportpesa Holdings Limited

Usborne Publishing Limited

Marc John, a film producer

Pressdram Limited

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

Ince's media, IP and trade marks practice handles commercial work and dispute resolution mandates. Its broad contentious experience includes music copyright and royalty accounting, reputation management, defamation, privacy actions and contractual disputes. It is experienced in acting for newspapers, magazines, book publishers and individuals in creative industries. The team is instructed by John Lydon on a dispute regarding the distribution of royalty revenues of the back catalogue of the Sex Pistols and the division of such revenues between Glenn Matlock and the Trustees of the Estate of the late Sid Vicious. IP enforcement and litigation, trade mark filing, IP portfolio management and IP rights work are also key areas of focus, and the team also advises on soft IP, franchising, licensing, and commercial contracts.

Testimonials

Robin Shaw is an exceptional individual and has unparalleled experience as a litigator in this field; he understands the needs of clients and understands the commercial realities of those involved with the media.

Robin Shaw has phenomenal judgment which, combined with his fantastic legal and technical knowledge, makes him a brilliant litigator.

Key clients

The Angel Foundation/Dream Brands (GOD TV)

Sportpesa Holdings (and various subsidiaries)

Usborne Publishing Limited

Mr John Lydon

The Daily Telegraph

Marc John, a film producer

Firstfind Limited (owners of China White trademark)

Remka, Inc. (the 8 year old YouTube star)

Pressdram Limited (publisher of Private Eye)

Mr Victor Chandler

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Gordon Dadds  advises on estate and succession planning matters with a particular focus on domicile issues and the administration of estates where domicile is an issue. The team is also skilled at advising on succession structures to help with the inheritance of both business and property assets. John Burrell , Anna Coakes and Roger Peters are all recommended.

Testimonials

Roger Peters always gives sage advice. We value his experience.’

‘I know that Roger Peters has my true interests at heart.’

A very sensible, balanced, experienced, client-friendly approach. Stand-out partner is Roger Peters.’

Anna Coakes and her team make this practice unique; I am always reassured by the team’s knowledge, response times and down to earth approach. Sensible, personable and easy to follow advice.’ 

 

Property litigation Tier 5

Following the merger with Ince & Co in October 2018, Gordon Dadds LLP now operates under the Ince brand. Its team, jointly led by Justin Neal and the 'incredibly experiencedIan Chappell, routinely assists commercial and residential property developers, financial institutions and major retail companies, with litigation arising from the acquisition, sale, development and management of land as well as landlord and tenant disputes.

Testimonials

Very commercial and will go the extra mile.’

Ian Chappell is not afraid to be aggressive and argue his corner. He is switched on and very commercial.

Adrian Bingham is lovely to work with and a careful lawyer.

Key clients

Berkeley Homes

St James Group

Ryman

Berkeley Corporate Finance

Inspired Asset Management

London & UK Property

Yates Estates

St George Central London

BDW Trading

Unique Property Group

CIT Group

Southwark Square

Roquebrook Group

Transport finance & leasing Tier 5

Co-headed by David Baker and Beatrice RussInce's seven-partner team provides 'great commercial insight' to banks and owners/operators across a range of new money financings and restructurings. The team also excels at handling transactions at the intersection of the shipping and energy sectors, and has been particularly active of late advising companies on LNG-related financings and leasing transactions. Although the group regularly handles work on its own, it is also aided by an international network, including a strong offering in Hamburg, which it frequently partners with on cross-border mandates.

Testimonials

Beatrice Russ is incredibly experienced, skilled and knowledgeable on ship financing matters in general, and has particular expertise on sale and leaseback transactions‘.

Key clients

Golar LNG

KfW IPEX Bank

Golar Power

DNB Bank

HIG

Atlas Holdings

UACC

Socar

JLT Risk Solutions

ING

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds LLP merged in late 2018 to become Ince. The new entity is 'strongly focused on promoting clients' interests and is very well-organised in dealing with litigation procedures'. It  advises on disputes in sectors such as transport, trade, energy and infrastructure, and insurance in addition to litigation surrounding corporate law, real estate, private wealth, employment and regulatory issues.  Nicholas Yapp heads the dispute resolution practice, which also includes joint London managing partner Nick Goldstone and Melanie Hart , who was hired from Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

Testimonials

‘Focused on the client and ensuring their expectations can be met. The team is also very good at keeping the client informed and on top of the issues‘.

Nick Goldstone is a dogged and tenacious operator, who fearlessly drives both litigation and negotiation to achieve clients’ goals‘.

 

Key clients

Swiss Life Group

Ritec International

The Kapoor Group

Mr Robert Horton of R2 Recovery

The London District Housing Association

iamYiam

Bibby Distribution

Employment: employers Tier 7

The employment team at Ince, which merged with Gordon Dadds at the end of 2018, provides a full service offering from contract drafting to dispute resolution. The team regularly advises senior executives in the media, retail, travel, financial services and tech sectors, while on the employer side, the firm works with clients in areas such as shipping, energy, and commodities. Laura Livingstone heads the team, which following the merger can now offer clients a broader range of services, drawing on the newly enlarged firm's tax, private wealth and immigration capabilities. Other key members of the practice include Marie van der Zyl, who handles the full range of employment law issues for both employers and senior executives.

Key clients

AWH Legal Limited

A Group of 27 Artists from the Education Department at the National Gallery

Arsenal Football Club Ltd

V Ships

Amadeus IT Services UK Ltd

ABTA

The Gap Partnership

Alexander Lloyd

Hotelplan

Travel

Ince's lawyers are 'willing to take the extra step and get involved in understanding the client's business' and the team handles large travel sector projects, often involving multi-jurisdictional issues. The aviation and marine sectors are key focuses and the multidisciplinary team handles regulatory, M&A, dispute resolution, commercial and employment mandates. It advises Emirates Group on litigation, regulatory and commercial matters. The firm's recent merger with Gordon Dadds LLP has brought wider travel industry expertise into the firm, adding hotels, leisure, gambling, property, licensing and tax specialists. Anna Anatolitou heads the travel law practice and stands out for her 'strong industry knowledge'.

Testimonials

The team is knowledgeable and accessible.

The team balances legal advice with commercial needs.

Anna Anatolitou provides sound commercial advice.

Key clients

Amadeus IT Services (UK) Limited

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Emirates Group  (Emirates Airline and Emirates Holidays)

Virgin Atlantic

Norwegian Air

Sri Lankan Airlines

Gulf Air

Jet2.com

One firm, in any case

With a heritage reaching back 150 years, Ince is a dynamic international legal and professional services firm, with offices in seven countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With over 500 people, including over 100 partners worldwide, Ince provides legal advice and strategic guidance to clients ranging from the world’s oldest and biggest businesses operating across numerous industries to ultra-high net worth individuals.

Facts

Over 500 lawyers and business services professionals, including over 100 partners.

Ince has 14 offices in 7 countries:

  • UK: London, Cardiff & Aberdeen
  • Germany: Hamburg
  • Greece: Piraeus
  • Gibraltar
  • United Arab Emirates: Dubai
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • China: Shanghai & Beijing

Sectors

  • Maritime
  • Aviation & travel
  • Energy & infrastructure
  • Commodities & trade
  • TMT
  • Gaming & betting
  • Leisure, hospitality & retail
  • Insurance
  • Real estate
  • Private wealth & family

Services

  • Consultancy
  • Dispute resolution
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Banking & finance
  • Employment, pensions & immigration
  • Cyber security
  • Regulatory solutions
  • Licensing
  • IP/IT
  • Competition
  • Construction & engineering
  • Charities & philanthropy

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Joint Managing Partner Nick Goldstone
Joint Managing Partner Michael Volikas
Maritime David Baker
Admiralty Christian Dwyer
Maritime Chris Kidd
Commodities & trade Will Marshall
Energy & infrastructure Simon Hems
Aviation Gillie Belsham
Tax Huw Witty
Real Estate Susan Haggard
Employment Laura Livingston
Insurance Kiran Soar
Gaming & betting Andrew Cotton
Corporate Alon Domb
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Number of lawyers : 500+
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