Clive Ince


Clive is a highly experienced lawyer within our Dispute Resolution team whose practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes, nationally and internationally. He acts for corporate, individual and institutional clients regarding contractual issues, professional negligence, company disputes and insurance related claims.

Clive’s expertise also extends to advising publishers, editors and authors on clearance and risk management issues including defamation, contract disputes and other legal/commercial exposures.

His approach towards resolving legal disputes is “grounded” and pragmatic. Through his extensive experience Clive understands the realities of litigation and he recognises that it is an unwelcome (and expensive) distraction for the vast majority of clients. Therefore where possible he works with his clients to devise a strategy which is designed to deliver identified objectives. He is frequently involved in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution which are aimed at avoiding protracted litigation and securing a fair and early conclusion. Over his professional career Clive has developed a loyal client following.

He is a member of The London Solicitors Litigation Association.

Clive is regularly recommended in The Legal 500:

"Clive Ince is a name to note for contentious [media] matters with experience advising publishers, editors and authors on clearance and risk management issues.", Legal 500, 2020

"Clive Ince is brilliant at handling clients and goes the extra mile.", Legal 500, 2019

Career highlights

Clive’s previous high profile cases include:

Johnson v Arden & Others Re Strobe 2 (in liquidation) - successfully applying for summary judgement against a liquidator and securing the dismissal of substantial claims against former directors

Diag Human SE v The Czech Republic - a widely-reported application to the High Court to enforce a huge arbitral award against a foreign state

Page v Sheerness Steel - a ground breaking House of Lords’ decision on the quantification of damages

Legal & General v Drake Insurance - a Court of Appeal case determining rights of contribution and indemnity between underwriters

The “Birmingham Six” v David Evans MP - defamation proceedings involving very high profile litigants

Anglo-Georgian Shipping v GESCO - a corporate libel claim which examined the defence of qualified privilege

Banque UCB v Thomason - a Court of Appeal decision impacting on the scope of civil remedies for misrepresentation

Out of the office

A sports enthusiast, Clive runs and swims to stay fit. He regularly attends rugby, soccer and cricket matches (preferably involving Harlequins, Spurs or England). He is an active supporter of the NSPCC.