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Kevin Cooper
Partner at Ince & Co


Kevin studied law at Oxford University and qualified as a barrister before serving in the British Navy for 10 years, much of that time at sea. After leaving the Navy in the rank of Lieutenant Commander, he worked for the United States Department of Justice before joining Ince & Co’s London office in 2000. During his time at the firm he has worked in the London, Shanghai and Monaco offices.

Having spent time as a casualty investigator earlier in his career with Ince & Co, Kevin’s admiralty practice includes collisions, groundings, ship fires, cargo damage, pollution and salvage cases. He regularly handles high-value multi-jurisdictional matters: noteworthy cases include the collision between the container vessel MSC Joanna and the hopper dredger W D Fairway in Tianjin in 2007, the grounding and subsequent collision of the Khalijia 3 in Mumbai in 2010, the container fire on board the Amsterdam Bridge (also in Mumbai) in 2012 and the Norman Atlantic ferry fire in 2014. Kevin also has significant experience of handling casualties in the offshore oil and gas and yachting sectors. Kevin handles and has acted as an advocate in court, arbitration and mediation proceedings in the United Kingdom and China.

Kevin’s earlier experience as a criminal court advocate in the Navy has provided him with valuable expertise when advising clients whose employees become the subject of criminal investigations and in handling the prosecution of ship owners and managers. That same experience benefits clients in relation to other corporate ethics, crime and regulatory matters, especially anti-corruption policies and procedures, on which Kevin provides advice and training to a range of shipowners and insurers.

Most recently, Kevin has been recognised as a “Rising Star” in Shipping by London Super Lawyers magazine and as a leading shipping and maritime lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Transport in their 2015 and 2016 editions, in the latter of which clients commend his “calm demeanour”. He is Contributing Editor of Getting the Deal Through’s Shipping Annual Report and sits on various industry committees in the shipping and yachting sectors.

Kevin is dual-qualified as a solicitor and a barrister, regularly chairs and speaks at shipping sector events and has particular industry contacts in Norway, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

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Agenda Sessions

  • Chair's welcome and introduction