Chris Sacre

Chris is a vastly experienced transport and trade lawyer who has practiced at Ince & Co London, Univan Ship Management in Hong Kong and now with Australia’s preeminent transport lawyers in Sydney.

Chris’ contentious and non-contentious practice covers the following areas:

  • Shipping: Advising shipowners, charterers and cargo interests on disputes arising out of the carriage of goods by sea;
  • Marine Insurance: Representing Australia’s leading marine insurers of cargo, hull and pleasurecraft on coverage issues and subrogated recoveries;
  • Petroleum: Contractual advice concerning the petroleum supply chain from exploration to fuel retailer franchising;
  • LNG: Advising owners of vessels involved in LNG and other projects in Australia on all regulatory issues associated with bringing a vessel to Australia;
  • Commodities: Advising shippers, consignees and commodity traders; and
  • Litigation/Arbitration: Litigating regularly in the Supreme Court and Federal Courts as well as ACICA, LMAA, GAFTA and ICC arbitrations.

Chris is listed in the 2020 editions of Who’s Who Legal:Australia and Best Lawyers Australia™ for Shipping & Maritime Law and Transportation Law and is Recommended by Doyle’s Guide 2020. Chambers & Partners 2020 describes Chris as having “impressive skills in shipping and international resources transportation matters” and he is recommended by his clients as:

“…our go to man in Australia. A marine law expert who understands the demands of modern ship management…”

“…a pleasure to work with. His diligent and proportional approach to the resolution of shipping disputes is a breath of fresh air…”


Chris’ recent experience includes:

  • LNG: Advising ship owners on all regulatory aspects of the two FSRU projects planned for Crib Point (Victoria) and Port Kembla (NSW);
  • Oil and gas: Advising one of the world’s largest trading houses on petroleum and LNG sale, purchase, carriage and storage agreements;
  • Leading Australian Marine Insurers:
    • Constructive total loss of dredging barge while under tow from PNG to Australia;
    • Non-disclosure defence to cargo claims arising out of international courier network;
    • Cargo losses by wetting arising out of insufficiency of packing;
    • Subrogated recovery claim against electricians in respect of the total loss by fire of a commercial tourism vessel in northern Queensland;
  • Container Lines/P&I: Handling all cargo claims arising out of the total loss of forty containers at sea in heavy weather;
  • Svitzer: Oil spill response, evidence gathering, minimising liabilities and handling the resulting prosecution;
  • Ship Arrest: Representing the Owners of the Hanjin California in arrest proceedings in the Federal Court which raised issues of the impact of foreign maritime liens and cross boarder insolvency on ship arrest jurisdiction;
  • Iron Ore Trader: International trade dispute concerning a contract for the supply of iron ore valued in excess of US$750 million and the associated letters of credit. Freezing injunctions in the Supreme Court and ICC Arbitration in Geneva; and
  • Ship Owners P&I Club and South Sea Cruises: Instructed by vessel operators and liability insurers to defend a $3 million personal injury action in the NSW Supreme Court arising out of the consumption of cleaning fluid by a cruise passenger.

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