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Ince & Co, Simon Spark, London, ENGLAND

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Simon Spark

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Ince & Co

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Shipping, Energy




International arbitration and commercial dispute resolution partner specialising in shipping and energy disputes.

Simon has an extensive contentious shipping practice acting for many of the principal ship-owners, operators and charterers in Europe, Asia and the US, and for their P&I, FD&D and H&M insurers. He advises on contractual disputes arising under charterparties, COAs, bills of lading, forward freight agreements (FFAs), shipbuilding contracts and MOAs for the sale and purchase of vessels.  

Simon acts for many of the world’s largest energy contractors, ship-owners and shipyards in Europe, Asia and the US. He advises clients on EPC/EPCI/EPCIC, shipbuilding and hire contracts in the offshore energy sector. Simon has considerable experience of handling complex, high value construction disputes for his clients.  

His recent cases include a USD600m arbitration concerning the construction of a semi-submersible at HHI and a US$300m dispute arising from the construction of an accommodation unit at HHI both for Norwegian interests.

Simon frequently advises on and negotiates commercial contracts for his clients in the shipping and energy spheres. He has extensive experience of drafting and negotiating charterparties, COAs, transhipment contracts, shipbuilding contracts, joint venture agreements and other commercial contracts for his clients, and of drafting and negotiating the commercial contracts for LNG transportation and FPSO, FSRU and FLNG projects.


St Andrews University, MA (1st Class)

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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