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Ince & Co

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Ince & Co, Fionna Gavin, London, ENGLAND

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Fionna Gavin

Work +44 20 7481 0010
Ince & Co

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Shipping, international trade, Litigation – insurance/reinsurance.


Fionna joined Ince & Co with a Master's degree in international trade. Her practice encompasses a wide range of trade, shipping and insurance related matters. Whilst her focus is on dispute resolution, both in the High Court and through arbitration, she also regularly advises on non-contentious matters within her practice areas. Fionna advises on an extensive range of shipping contracts, including ship sale and purchase agreements, pool agreements, slot sharing agreements and COAs, with particular expertise on charterparty and bill of lading disputes. Over the years she has been involved in a broad spectrum of disputes, including the recovery aspects of major shipping casualties and numerous limitation and jurisdiction challenges. She also regularly advises on the drafting and negotiation of shipping contracts. Fionna acts for ship owners, charterers, P&I Clubs and hull underwriters and has spent ten months on secondment with Gard and five months covering the role of legal manager for a major London market marine hull and liability insurer. She is a frequent author and speaker on shipping related matters and is a member of the UK Government Rotterdam Rules Working Group. Fionna’s clients also include commodity traders, miners and metal manufacturers whom she has advised on a range of issues (both contentious and non-contentious) relating to the international sale and transportation of bulk commodities, with a particular focus on mineral and ore products. She regularly speaks on legal issues impacting on international trade.

London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Ince & Co is a ‘fantastic shipping firm’ which boasts ‘in-depth expertise’ 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 ‘fantastic experience’; 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’s admiralty and casualty response team; ‘first-rate’ 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 SparkFionna 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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