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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 Transportation Law, 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

05 March 2019 - Knowledge

Who’s liable for what? Transport contracts under the microscope

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

While transport contracts are often relatively straightforward – ie: the carrier has no liability, for anything, ever - this can become a little more complicated when a third party is involved. We take a close look at transport contracts, their history and the issues that are most likely to complicate them.

26 September 2018 - Knowledge

$5 billion in committed freight infrastructure - NSW Freight and Ports Plan 2018-2023 launched

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The NSW Government has just launched a new Freight and Ports Plan, underpinning more than $5 billion in committed freight infrastructure. In this article, four Holding Redlich partners provide their analysis of the plan and outline its key points.

24 July 2018 - Knowledge

It’s finally happening… The new Chain of Responsibility laws are almost here

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) are due to ‘go live’ on 1 October 2018. For anyone who has been deaf to the ‘drum-beat’ of the last two years (or so), now is very much the time to not only start thinking about upgrading your compliance, but to actually start doing it.