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    Joe O'Keeffe
    Partner, London

    Insurance & Reinsurance, International Trade & Commodities, Shipping, Yachts and Superyachts

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010

Joe joined Ince & Co as a trainee in 1991 and became a partner in 2000.

He has spent time working in the Ince offices in Asia and is now based in the London office. 

Insurance & Reinsurance

The majority of Joe's caseload is insurance-based, primarily focussed on advising insurers in relation to coverage issues and disputed claims arising in the marine and energy sectors. His extensive experience in marine insurance spans hull & machinery, builders' risks, P&I, cargo, loss of hire and marine liabilities and Joe's expertise has been noted:

"very knowledgeable on all marine matters, with a good understanding of how the market works." Legal 500 UK 2011

In the onshore and offshore energy sectors, he has been instructed in relation to claims arising under oil major package policies, Contractors' All Risks (CAR) policies and Business Interruption (BI) covers.

International Trade

Joe has a specialist international trade practice. He acts for traders and banks as well as end-users, the latter primarily engaged in the power generation industry. As such, he has particular expertise in fossil fuels and solid biofuels. He handles both non-contentious and contentious matters arising under sale and supply contracts. His approach is to try to assist his clients in avoiding disputes and to seek, where possible, early resolution through negotiation and mediation of such disputes that are unavoidable. He has extensive experience of the litigation and arbitration processes, which he is ready to deploy where commercial resolution cannot be achieved, and resort to legal proceedings is necessary.  

“notable member” of Ince & Co’s international trade and commodities team.  Legal 500


Joe has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of dry shipping, including drafting and reviewing charterparties, and in resolving the full range of disputes that can arise under charterparties, COAs and contracts of carriage, through negotiation and mediation, and where necessary in litigation or arbitration.

Insurance & Reinsurance, International Trade & Commodities, Shipping, Yachts and Superyachts

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