The Swansea LLM degree was launched in 2000. It came of age in 2008, when leading global shipping law firm Ince & Co very generously instituted an annual prize for the student with the highest grade in the taught element of any of the Swansea LLM Programmes.

Ince logoWe are delighted to be able to say that Inces has always had a close and strong relationship with the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) at Swansea; and that, in keeping with these close links binding us together, the Ince Prize is awarded for work that has a direct connection with that undertaken by the firm.

The winner of the Ince Prize for 2015/16 was Jorge Chávez Aréstegui, originally from Belgium and currently completing an LLM in International Maritime Law. Having attained an enviable straight run of distinctions in all subjects (Admiralty, Carriage, Charterparties and Marine Insurance), he has now received warm congratulations and a cheque for £1,000 from Paul Herring, Ince & Co’s London Chairman.

Jorge (Ince and Co 2016)

From left to right: Professor Richard Williams (IISTL), Mr Jorge Chávez Aréstegui and Mr Paul Herring (Ince &Co)


The presentation ceremony was attended by a good number of Ince & Co partners and associates and Swansea academics, not to mention Jorge's family and friends.‌‌ Speaking to those assembled, Mr Herring wished Jorge every success in future and went out of his way to commend Swansea's LLM programme, with its immensely successful mixture of academic rigour and practical orientation. In response, Professor Richard Williams emphasised the vital role played by the Ince Prize in motivating LLM students at Swansea; he then thanked Ince & Co heartily for their efforts in promoting further links between practice and academia.