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Ince & Co

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Gillie Belsham

Work +44 20 7481 0010
Ince & Co

Work Department

Aviation and Commercial Disputes.


Aviation partner. Enjoys the challenge of problem solving for clients from different sections of the transport industry including marine and offshore, together with some general commercial litigation. Equally at home in heavyweight commercial litigation, whether High Court or arbitration, as exploring other solutions by way of settlement or mediation. Considers mastering the technical side of a problem essential, and maintaining dialogue with the opposition useful elements of litigation, assisting early opportunities for resolution. Result focused litigation a priority after early evaluation of merits and agreement on strategy with client. Defendant personal injury specialist within firm advising clients in UK and US especially, as well as particularly interested in risk and reputation management in a crisis; leading member of firm's non-marine crisis team.


Qualified 1985; partner Ince & Co 1992.


Business French.


Supporting member LMAA.


Oxford University (reading law); College of Law.


Family, friends and France.

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The 'excellent' practice at Ince & Co delivers strong expertise in the shipping and aviation sectors. Consultant Alison Marriott and associate James Foley successfully acted for Japanese shipping line NYK on EU proceedings concerning alleged ‘pricing signaling’ in the container shipping sector.  On the aviation side, Gillie Belsham has been retained by Air New Zealand to advise on ongoing competition compliance work. Managing associate Solange Leandro is noted for her ‘great experience and outstanding quality of work’. Clients of the practice outside of oil and shipping include RasGas and MSC Cruises.

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London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Gillie Belsham - Ince & Co

Within: Aviation

Ince & Co’s ‘solid, approachable and personable’ team provides ‘good response times’ and is praised for the ‘technical quality of its advice.’ It regularly handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory work, commercial and competition matters, and also houses a specialist aviation employment practice. Global head of aviation Gillie Belsham is a ‘massively experienced commercial litigator who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry and hugely respected’ and advised on a dispute involving a fire on an aircraft while it was parked at London Heathrow Airport. The team is noted for its strong Middle East practice and travel head Anna Anatolitou advises Emirates on a range of regulatory matters, and advises flydubai on commercial and regulatory matters. The team is also instructed by numerous airlines on uninsured UK passenger claims, particularly in relation to boarding, flight delays, and cancellations. Global Aerospace, Sri Lankan Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Vueling and Bristow Helicopters are clients. Managing associate Solange Leandro leads on competition work and Rebecca Thornley-Gibson handles employment matters for aviation-sector clients. Annabel Williamson is also a key member of the team, as is senior associate Ben Bright-Wood, who both recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

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