Shipping and Trade

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  • Ship owners, operators, charterers and off shore operations
  • Commercial/charter and recreational boat operations
  • Ports, terminals, marinas and warehousing
  • Admiralty proceedings (including ship arrests) and International arbitration
  • Ship financing, sale and purchase
  • Marine insurance
  • Casualty response, including salvage and wreck removal (incl pollution and clean-up)
  • P & I Clubs, hull and cargo underwriters
  • Charter parties and bills of lading
  • Freight forwarders and logistics, customs and quarantine

Recent Shipping Experience "Wet"

  • Acting for ferry operator and P & I Club on inquest and civil litigation arising from multiple deaths due to vessel collision
  • Acting for charterers following the grounding off Newcastle of the Panamax MV Pasha Bulker
  • Acting for international forwarder in Australia's largest cargo claim (damaged transformers)
  • Defence of prosecution and civil claims arising from major oil spills
  • Acting for tug and insurers in complex proceedings involving collision, salvage, enforcement of international arbitral awards, and conflict of laws
  • Defence of criminal prosecution arising from vessel collision
  • Advising Singaporean owners of MV Typhoon on CTL and wreck removal from Christmas Island
  • Acting for cargo underwriters on salvage and GA of vessels in close proximity to Barrier Reef
  • Acting for Malaysian owners on a major grounding on Great Barrier Reef and related salvage
  • Advising Sydney Ferries on numerous incidents in Sydney Harbour

Recent Shipping Experience "Dry"

  • Reviewing trading conditions of international forwarders and logistics services providers
  • Conducting numerous Marine Arbitrations in various international tribunals and bodies
  • Advising AWB on form of charter
  • Advising international groups (incl P & I clubs) on charter wording for oil spill liability
  • Advising the successful parties in the majority of Australian arrest cases
  • Advising purchasers, sellers and financiers on numerous transactions
  • Acting for Neptune Shipping and its partners on sale of fleet to Roll USA Inc
  • Advising Cook Is government on shipping registration legislation

Recent Trade Experience

  • Adviser to some of Australia's largest trading groups including Luis Dreyfus, AWB, Graincorp, Cargill and JK International
  • Acted for Anzon Petroleum in major recovery proceedings for loss of production income
  • Advised publicly listed Indian wind energy company in cross border trading disputes
  • Acting for successful claimants in two SIAC arbitrations involving forward sales of consignments of iron ore fines
  • Advising Trafigura on various upstream and downstream contracts
  • Advising Diageo on various logistics contracts
  • Advising Visa Global Logistics in relation to various cross border transactions
  • Advised major Australian bank in substantial SCMA arbitration in Singapore
  • Advised on sanctions involving Ukraine, Russia and Middle Eastern countries


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