Ince & Co are long term supporters of the Mission to Seafarers, a brilliant charity who work in over 200 ports across 50 countries to provide help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who often face great danger keeping our global economy afloat. Ince have organised and participated in a great many events over the years to support the Mission and to raise the charity’s global profile. This has included dinners in Hong Kong, a cocktail night in Singapore and an epic sponsored bike ride along England’s south coast.
We currently offer the Mission ad hoc pro bono support, supporting seafarers in distress in their Europe and Africa regions. Requests for assistance currently come into the London office and can range from cases of piracy, abandonment, personal injury and non-payment of wages. Trainee involvement in this ongoing project is crucial, and second year trainee Clare Birchenhough has found the opportunity to participate particularly rewarding:
“As part of my involvement with the Mission I have gained a huge amount of understanding about what life at sea can really be like. When requests for support have come in I’ve had to research entirely new areas of law, such as international maritime labour rights, which has been fascinating. I’ve also been able to liaise directly with the affected seafarers, which is quite different from my day to day work. As well as building up my experience and knowledge, it also feels pretty good to be using my legal skills to support those who, without pro bono support, might struggle to find a way out of the difficult situation they are in.”
Click here to read more about the work of the Mission to Seafarers, and here to read a recent article involving the Mission and Ince & Co’s own Global Head of Shipping, Faz Peermohamed (Lloyd’s List subscription required).