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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 the latest Chambers Asia-Pacific guide for providing strategic and effective legal advice in the shipping space and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading lawyer in 'Transportation Law', 'Shipping & Maritime Law' and 'Trade Law' since 2013.

Geoff has also been recognised as a leading ‘Admiralty, Shipping & Maritime Law’ lawyer by Doyle’s Guide since 2016. In 2022, he was named by Who’s Who Legal as a global leader in the shipping space.

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

31 August 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Data & Privacy

In this edition, we remind government agencies that the use of automated decision-making tools need to be balanced against transparency and explainability requirements.

22 June 2022 - Knowledge

Unpacking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in transport, ESG and supply chains

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

The Australian transport industry needs to find ways to export goods over long distances efficiently and, at the same time, balance the pressure from ESG investors to ‘decarbonise’ and enhance sustainability practices. In this article, we unpack the meaning of GHG emissions across the sector and ESG in supply chains. 

15 June 2022 - Knowledge

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) explained: Five important considerations for companies and their lawyers

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The term ‘ESG’ is becoming increasingly popular in the world of business and investment. Apart from knowing that it stands for environmental, social and governance, what does the term really mean and why is it important for your business?

23 March 2022 - Knowledge

Royal Caribbean Cruises appeal – the ship master’s power of detention at common law

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

A recent decision of the NSW Supreme Court has clarified a ship master’s authority at common law to detain or confine a passenger while on board a vessel on the high seas.

24 November 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

In this edition, we explore whether government agencies should consider arbitration as an alternative to litigation.

13 September 2021 - Knowledge

 Hub Street appeal – what does it mean for arbitration in Australia?

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

We review a case where enforcement of an international arbitration award was refused on appeal – is this a ‘reality check’ for Australia’s pro-arbitration position?

11 May 2021 - Knowledge

Invoking force majeure under your transport contract: Are you protected when things go off the rails?

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The NSW Supreme Court has scrutinised a force majeure clause when considering whether a carrier had indemnified the owner of goods against damage caused when a train derailed.

05 May 2021 - Knowledge

Can a buyer’s invalid vessel nomination entitle a seller to terminate its FOB contract?

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In a significant decision, the Commercial Division of the High Court in London considers the nomination of vessels under a ‘Free On Board’ contract, and when a substitute vessel can be nominated, even when ‘time is of the essence’.

27 April 2021 - Knowledge

Are foreign arbitration clauses in online contracts enforceable?

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

The case between Instagram and Australian tech company Dialogue Consulting demonstrates that foreign arbitration clauses in online contracts will be binding.

27 April 2021 - Knowledge

A vision for the future of Australian exports

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Renewable Energy

The use of ‘green ammonia’, like hydrogen, to power vessels is an emerging area in the industry. How will this change the game for Australian exporters?

10 February 2021 - Knowledge

Are foreign arbitration clauses in an online contract enforceable?

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

The recent case between Instagram and Australian tech company Dialogue Consulting demonstrates that foreign arbitration clauses incorporated into online contracts will be binding.

15 December 2020 - Knowledge

Who bears the risk in a trade dispute?

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

A recent Supreme Court decision highlights how the selection of international trade terms can dramatically affect who bears trade and import risks – which was significantly at the expense of the Australian exporter in this case.

06 October 2020 - Knowledge

Ignorance is not bliss in a pro-arbitration jurisdiction – the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Australia

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

A recent Federal Court case demonstrates that Australian courts are cautious to intervene in an arbitration process even if a ground for setting aside a foreign award may be established.

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