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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

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