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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', ‘Maritime Lawyer Rankings – Australia 2017’ and 'Admiralty, Shipping & Maritime Law - Australia 2020' 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

15 September 2020 - Knowledge

Disputes over dispute resolution clauses – how to avoid ‘commercial nonsense’

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Corporate & Commercial Law

Dispute resolution clauses in contracts are routinely overlooked. We examine a series of recent NSW Supreme Court of Appeal decisions that demonstrate how poorly drafted clauses can become the subject of dispute.

20 May 2020 - Knowledge

Switch at your own risk! The thing about Switch Bills of Lading – an extension

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Anyone engaged in international trade knows that bills of lading are essential documents. A recent decision of the NSW Supreme Court has examined what can go wrong when you meddle with bills of lading.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Switch at your own risk! The thing about Switch Bills of Lading

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Anyone engaged in international trade knows that bills of lading are essential documents. A recent decision of the NSW Supreme Court has examined what can go wrong when you meddle with bills of lading.

08 April 2020 - Knowledge

Cruise industry strikes heavy weather

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #COVID-19

Even in these current extraordinary times, the speed with which the cruise industry has acquired pariah status is breathtaking. For the last few days, each headline has surpassed the last for hyperbole. The industry is cast as ‘murderous liars’, and scapegoated for many of the ills that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on Australian shores.

02 December 2019 - Knowledge

Behind the fanfare: What will the Singapore Convention mean for Australian businesses?

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Behind the fanfare that ushered in the Singapore Convention lies complexities as to its status and efficacy, parties’ abilities to recognise and enforce mediated settlement agreements and the anticipated impacts of the Singapore Convention on Australian businesses.

08 October 2019 - Knowledge

Australia’s first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy: Better freight location and performance data (Part 4)

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

With Australia’s first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy released, goals and targets have been set for the transportation industry to 2024. In the last instalment of our four-part series on the Freight Strategy, we discuss why there’s a need for the strategy and what the final critical action area ‘better freight location and performance data’ incorporates.

02 October 2019 - Knowledge

Australia’s first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy: Making all governments ‘freight aware’ (Part 3)

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

23 September 2019 - Knowledge

Australia’s first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy: The supply chain (Part 2)

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In the second of our four-part series examining Australia’s first national Freight Strategy, we look at the proposed ways to improve supply chain efficiency –and implications for Australia’s freight system.

18 September 2019 - Knowledge

Australia’s first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy – what, why and will it work? (Part 1)

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Australia’s first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy has been released, setting goals and targets for the transport industry to 2024. Over the next four weeks we will take a close look at the four critical action areas identified by the Australian Transport and Infrastructure Council’s Freight Strategy and examine how the supporting National Action Plan intends to deliver on each those areas.

09 September 2019 - Knowledge

Reviewing heavy vehicle law – is it ‘fit for purpose’?

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

An in-depth look into the National Transport Commission’s previous Issues Paper on Australia’s heavy vehicle law.

27 May 2019 - Knowledge

Exclusive jurisdiction clauses in lawyer’s Terms of Engagement

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Local courts (in some states, magistrates courts) are the lowest rung on the Australian jurisdictional ladder. Judgments of magistrates are seldom reported, but the decision in Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Ltd v Briton [2018] NSWLC 8 is a cautionary tale worth noting.

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.