Ince & Co has promoted nine of its associate lawyers to partner level and hired Janice Lee from Stephenson Harwood.

The new partners are: Janice Lee (Hong Kong, pictured), Will Blagbrough, Catherine Earnshaw, Lee Sennett (all London), Dimitris Giomelakis (Greece), Eileen Tang (Shanghai) and Maureen Poh (Singapore).

Lee is an asset finance lawyer with experience in structured financing and counsels clients in China on shipping and aviation financing.

Blagbrough handles a variety of shipping and trade contracts and advises on all facets of charterparties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading and cargo damage and loss claims.

Earnshaw specialises in shipping litigation and advises on charterparty disputes, cargo claims and shipbuilding disputes.

Sennett advises on restructuring and non-contentious insolvency matters across transport, trade, energy and infrastructure, and insurance.

Giomelakis has expertise in wet and dry shipping and practices commercial dispute resolution as well as advising on non-contentious issues.

Tang’s work centres on ship financing, cross-border asset and project finance, foreign investment and corporate finance matters in the shipping industry, while Poh focuses on dispute resolution in the shipping, energy and trade industries.

These appointments follow those of three partners in Hamburg on April 1: Goetz Rahne, Christian Reinert and Julia Wiechell, all of which work in the shipping sector.

“I would like to welcome Janice to the firm, and congratulate this year’s new partners,” says Jan Heuvels, Ince & Co’s international senior partner, explaining that their “experience and expertise” will enhance legal services in transport, trade, energy and infrastructure, and insurance.

Heuvels explains that the worldwide appointments are “an illustration of the continued steps we are taking to internationalise our business” to serve clients’ global needs.

Ince & Co has offices in Beijing, Cologne, Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Marseille, Monaco, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.