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Ince & Co
Ince & Co
Headquarters London
No. of offices 11 [1]
No. of lawyers Over 600 people including over a hundred partners and over 180 other lawyers worldwide.
Major practice areas Shipping Law, Aviation Law, Business and Finance, Dispute Resolution, Energy and Offshore, Insurance and Reinsurance, International Trade Law
Revenue Increase £91.7 million (2013)
Date founded 1870

Ince & Co is an international commercial law firm.

The marine department is one of the firm’s largest in terms of numbers.[2]

Ince & Co ranks in the 'upper levels' of maritime law within both the UK and globally; together with Holman Fenwick and Willan and Clyde & Co, Ince & Co form the triumvirate of top City shipping firms.[citation needed]

While shipping and trade represent two of its mainstay practices, the firm casts a wide net and also serves clients in energy and offshore, insurance, business and finance, commercial disputes and aviation.

Ince & Co provides advice to a wide range of businesses, ranging from international corporations to smaller companies, sole traders and individuals.

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In 1979 the firm cut the ribbon on its first international office in Hong Kong. Singapore followed (1991) followed by offices in Piraeus (1993), Shanghai (2000), Hamburg (2001), Le Havre & Paris (2002), Dubai (2006), Monaco (2011) and most recently Beijing (2012).


Maritime is very deeply ingrained within Ince & Co, as even before founding the firm in 1870, Francis Ince was working as a shipping lawyer. The firm expanded from its Victorian roots by employing either family members or those who could provide significant capital. But in 1940 the firm broke with tradition and began hiring new young partners to help expand the business. In keeping with the progressive ethos of the ‘60s, the firm opened its doors to foreign lawyers for the first time.


Ince & Co’s structure is a little different from its peers’ with the firm divided by sectors rather than splitting the lawyers into practice areas.[3] In practice, this means any lawyer can be called upon to serve in any area.

Ince & Co’s shipping practice handles every aspect of maritime law, including collisions, salvage, charter party, carriage of goods, ship finance, work-out, pollution and most prominently in recent years piracy acting on some of the high-profile piracy cases in Somalia, the Niger Delta and the Malacca Straits.

The firm’s second cornerstone practice is insurance and reinsurance, which has built a strong reputation. The client base encompasses all manner of insurance buyers, as well as many of the most discriminating insurance and reinsurance companies and Lloyd’s syndicates.

Ince & Co's further five practice areas: aviation, business and finance, commercial disputes, energy and offshore, and international trade. In the aviation legal sector, Ince & Co client base includes airlines, operators, regulators, manufacturers, airports and their trade bodies, insurers, reinsurers and insurance trade associations.

The dispute resolution practice is one of the largest in London. It handles a wide range of domestic and international disputes.

In energy, Ince & Co’s lawyers have been providing contract drafting and negotiating, asset and project finance, insurance, and dispute resolution for many years. The firm has expertise in various areas, including construction and operation of pipelines, offshore structures.


Clients include Ace Aviation, Gard Services, Nordisk, Transocean and Vitol.


  1. ^ "Ince & Co | About us". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Ince & Co – London – Law Firm Profile - Chambers UK 2015 – Chambers and Partners". Retrieved 2015-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Ince & Co - True Picture | Chambers Student Guide". Retrieved 2015-03-07. 

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