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Ince & Co

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Chris Kidd

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Ince & Co

Work Department

Shipping, Energy, Yachts and Superyachts




Chris is dual-qualified as a solicitor in England and Hong Kong. Between 1995 and 2001 he practised in Ince & Co's Hong Kong office, during which time he was the Secretary of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association. Chris has strong industry links in Hong Kong, China, and Korea. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the LMAA Supporting Members Liaison Committee.


CHRIS KIDD "understands client needs and always gives first-class advice." Legal 500, 2011

"‘a real asset’...” Legal 500, 2013

"has vast experience in shipbuilding matters"  Legal 500 2014

“astute” Legal 500, 2015

Chris’ practice encompasses shipping and offshore matters. He leads the firm’s shipbuilding team and frequently advises buyers and shipyards in relation to building, conversion and repair contracts, as well as dispute resolution, for conventional vessels and specialist offshore vessels and floating platforms. He worked with BIMCO to develop NEWBUILDCON, NOVATION AGREEMENTS, SUPPLYTIME 2017 and is a regular speaker and chairman of seminars on shipbuilding, conversion and repair.

Chris advises on yacht and superyacht construction contracts including contract drafting and negotiation, and dispute resolution.

Chris has specialist experience in jurisdictional issues, mediation and in major London arbitrations and litigation, particularly for claims arising from shipbuilding, conversion and repair contracts. His experience includes LMAA, ICC and LCIA arbitrations, as well as cases in the Commercial Court, Hong Kong Courts and liaising with lawyers conducting litigation in other jurisdictions.

He also advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, as well as dispute resolution, in the renewables sector including offshore wind farm installation contracts, charterparties and contracts for the construction of wind farm installation vessels. He has been involved in Greater Gabbard, Gunfleet Sands, London Array, West of Duddon Sands, Borkum Riffgat, Kentish Flats, Westermost Rough, Gwent Y Mor, amongst others. He has also worked with BIMCO to develop WINDTIME, a standard offshore wind farm personnel transfer and support vessel charterparty.

Chris has also advised in connection with accidents to offshore vessels, fixed and floating platforms. He has acted in a significant number of cases including BP Thunderhorse, Bombay High North and Piper Alpha.

Shipyards, Buyers, Owners, Offshore wind farm contractors and Developers.

Recent cases

  • Pacific Drilling v SHI (acting for Pacific Drilling in connection with the London arbitration proceedings arising out of the disputed cancellation of a contract to build a drillship at SHI)
  • Heerema Hartlepool v ENGIE (acting for Heerema in connection with High Court proceedings arising out of the disputed claim for payment of the final instalment due under the contracts for the construction of topside modules for ENGIE’s Cygnus gas field
  •  Ferrostaal v Bharati ShipyardFerrostaal v State Bank of India (acted for Ferrostaal in connection with the London arbitration and High Court proceedings arising out of the disputed cancellation of two contracts to build OSV’s at Bharati Shipyard and recovering under the refund guarantees provided by SBI)
  • Algoma Tankers v Jiangxi Jiangzhou Union Shipbuilding (and others) (acted for Algoma in connection with the London arbitration arising out of the disputed cancellation of three contracts to build chemical tankers at Jiangzhou Union Shipbuilding and recovering under the refund guarantees provided by Chinese banks)
  • West Hercules/West Aquarius (acted for DSME in connection with the London arbitration arising out of Seadrills claims for liquidated damages following the delays in delivery of two semi-submersible drilling rigs) 
  • BP Thunderhorse (acted for DSME in connection with the London arbitration arising out of BP’s claims for construction defects and the near total loss of the world’s largest production and drilling quarters) 
  • Acting for contractors in over half of UK’s offshore windfarm projects.


Cambridge University

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The 'very attentive' contractor-focused oil and gas lawyers at Ince & Co 'have an outstanding knowledge base of the industry and react quickly as the matters develop'. In recent highlights, the practice handled the sale and leaseback of an LNG carrier to Chinese state-owned shipping company COSCO on behalf of Golar, and Jonathan Goldfarb - assisted by Mona Patel and Stephen Jarvis  - provided cross-border counsel to longstanding Gaslog with regards to an SPA to acquire 20% shareholding in Gastrade. On the contentious front Chris Kidd continues to lead the advice to a drilling contractor in connection with a claim against a shipyard arising from the severely delayed construction of a deep water drilling rig due to the shipyward's alleged failure to deliver the vessel on time. Simon Hems heads the practice and is also a key name to note alongside Renaud Barbier-Emery and Matthew Stratton . Clients also recommend 'remarkably driven and experienced' managing associate Phillippa Hook who 'ascertains the real issues quickly providing innovative but sound solutions instantaneously'. Jeremy Farr , Clare Kempkens and Charles Lockwood joined K&L Gates LLP .

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London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Ince & Co¬†is a ‚Äėfantastic shipping firm‚Äô which boasts ‚Äėin-depth expertise‚Äô across wet and dry shipping. It handles major casualties, high-profile maritime disputes, regulatory matters and transactions. The team also stands out for its yachts experience. Headline work includes advising oil tanker Alnic MC, and its owner, Energetic Tank, in connection with a major collision that occurred between it and a U.S. Navy destroyer; representing Great Eastern Shipping and North of England P&I Club in $30m proceedings in the UAE and London as a result of ¬†a collision of an LNG carrier and another tanker in the Gulf of Oman; and representing Teekay LNG Partners on a $110m case involving the termination of six long-term bare boat charters and the repossession of the vessels.¬† The team also represented Gard in a high-profile $170m unsafe port claim, the Ocean Victory. Key figures include global shipping head Faz Peermohamed, who¬†has ‚Äėfantastic experience‚Äô; Michael Volikas, who¬†handles commercial disputes for shipping sector clients; Ian Chetwood, who handles contentious wet and dry work; Christian Dwyer, who¬†is global head of the firm‚Äôs admiralty and casualty response team; ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô litigator Jeremy Biggs; and Will Marshall, who¬†is global head of trade. Also noted are Duncan Bateson, who advises on superyachts and commercial shipping mandates,¬†Simon Spark,¬†Fionna Gavin¬†and Chris Kidd. Paul Herring¬†has relocated to the firm's¬†Piraeus office, while¬†Kevin Cooper¬†has joined MFB, David Richards has joined The North of England P&I Association and Jonathan Elvey has left the firm.

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