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Expertise

Geoff is one of Australia’s leading transport and commodities lawyers with 25 years' experience in the field. He has been recognised in 'Chambers Asia Pacific' for providing strategic and effective legal advice and has been listed in 'Best Lawyers in Australia' as a leading lawyer in the categories of Shipping & Maritime Law and Trade Law since 2013.

Geoff is also listed in the ‘Leading Australian Shipping Lawyers 2016’ and ‘Maritime Lawyer Rankings – Australia 2017’ categories in the Doyle’s Guide of Leading Lawyers.

Geoff practices in complex commercial, disputes and regulatory matters for clients involved with Transport, Agribusiness and Energy and Resources.

Geoff works closely with industry associations and brings a close working knowledge of industry practices to his legal advice.

He advises clients in relation to dispute resolution (including domestic and international arbitration); Admiralty claims and ship arrest; ship sale and purchase; port logistics; regulatory matters; domestic and international sale of goods; trade finance and insurance; governance, business structures and competition law.

Experience

Transport

Geoff represents shipowners and carriers in relation to liability, Admiralty and regulatory matters as well as stevedoring and terminal operator’s agreements and sale and finance of vessels.

He regularly acts for domestic transport operators and their directors in relation to 'Chain of Responsibility' prosecutions and safety related matters.

Geoff also advises providers and consumers of logistics services (including manufacturers and retailers) in relation to long and short-term contractual arrangements. He has drafted various standard-form contract documents including charterparties, contracts of affreightment and bills of lading.

Geoff advises local and international marine insurers in relation to coverage and claims issues.

Energy and resources

Geoff advises resources companies, producers and financiers in relation to logistics and sale of goods and enforcement issues including supply and off-take agreements and issues relating to title to goods.

Publications

17 May 2018 - Blog

Rectifying irregularities on the procedural balance sheet

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Foreign representatives may be required to pay security into court for their recognition applications under the Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency. The measure is proposed to correct irregularities between proceedings conducted in multiple jurisdictions.

17 May 2018 - Blog

Notice of stoppage in transitu – A self-help remedy for an unpaid seller of goods

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

For many contracts for the sale of goods, delivery and payment happen simultaneously – the buyer makes payment immediately upon receipt of the goods from the seller. However, international trade means that there may be a significant distance between parties to a contract making simultaneous performance difficult. Out of necessity, often the seller must perform its end of the bargain before it has secured payment.

10 May 2018 - Blog

Australian international arbitration update

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

There have been two recent decisions of note. The first (Warner Brothers) involved a Californian arbitration agreement incorporated in “standard terms and conditions” while the second (Kraft) saw arbitration proceedings in New York injuncted while court proceedings in Victoria continued.