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Expertise

Nathan is a partner in the national Transport, Shipping & Logistics group.

Nathan works closely with businesses in the shipping, logistics, road transport, commodities and offshore sectors, specialising in providing commercial and regulatory compliance advice and resolving disputes.

Nathan’s clients include local and foreign ship owners, operators and charterers; international P&I and Defence Clubs; freight forwarders and logistics providers; road transport operators; bunker suppliers; towage and salvage providers; offshore sector service providers; importers, exporters and manufacturers; commodities traders; stevedores; vessel manufacturers; local marine operators and luxury yacht owners.

Nathan has developed a reputation for providing commercially responsive and business-driven advice and assistance. He has been recognised as a leading ‘Admiralty, Shipping & Maritime Law’ lawyer by Doyle’s Guide since 2015 and listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia for Transportation Law, Shipping and Maritime Law, International Arbitration and Trade Law since 2016. Nathan is also ranked in the Shipping category of the latest Chambers Asia-Pacific guide and recognised as a national leader in the Australian shipping space by Who’s Who Legal.

Experience

Nathan has particular expertise in relation to commercial, regulatory and disputes issues relating to domestic and international transport and logistics.

Maritime transport

Nathan advises his clients in relation to all aspects of commercial law, liability, regulation and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on the carriage of goods by sea, charter parties and contractual arrangements, commercial terms, ship arrest and admiralty, regulatory and oil spill prosecution, government procurement and tendering in the maritime sector and litigation/arbitration in relation to liability defence and recovery of claims.

Road transport & Chain of Responsibility

Nathan has particular expertise in relation to heavy vehicle regulation and the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws. He regularly advises businesses and their executives on compliance, conducts compliance audits, assists businesses to develop and implement CoR compliance policies, manage incident response and respond to investigations and prosecution. Nathan has worked with businesses across the sector in relation to CoR compliance, including national steel manufacturers, grain storage and handling companies, plasterboard manufacturers and distributors, logistics companies, shipping companies and importers.

General

Nathan also works with businesses in all sectors in relation to their transport and logistics function, including in relation to service contract tendering, negotiation and drafting, contractor performance management, regulatory compliance and the resolution of disputes arising from the carriage of, damage to and delay in delivery of goods and consequential losses and project delays.

Competition & Consumer Law

Within the Transport Shipping & Logistics sectors and also more generally, Nathan regularly advises businesses in relation to competition and consumer law compliance. He provides advice in relation to drip-pricing and component pricing, credit card surcharges, general surcharges and misrepresentation, cartel and anti-competitive conduct, merger control, consumer law, misleading or deceptive conduct and ACCC investigations. 

Publications

24 May 2022 - Knowledge

Contractor compliance: Your business and managing third-party risk

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The Heavy Vehicle National Law is currently under review and parties in the Chain of Responsibility are questioning the extent to which they are responsible for their contractors’ compliance.

17 May 2022 - Knowledge

Managing the risks of employees impaired by alcohol and other drugs

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has issued new regulatory advice to assist heavy vehicle operators and other parties in the Chain of Responsibility manage risks associated with alcohol and drug use impairment in the workplace.

26 April 2022 - Knowledge

Executive reporting an essential pillar of CoR compliance

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Executive reporting is one of five business practices that the Heavy Vehicle National Law deems mandatory for all businesses to implement, ensuring compliance and standards are met in the Chain of Responsibility.

20 April 2022 - Knowledge

2021: The year the enforceable undertaking came of age

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

An increase in enforceable undertakings being accepted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator demonstrates a shift in their approach to enforcements and penalties for offenders.

12 April 2022 - Knowledge

NHVR issues regulatory advice on managing safety risks of light to medium heavy vehicles

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has recommended ways to identify and manage safety risks regarding the use of light to medium heavy vehicles for parties in the Chain of Responsibility.

06 April 2022 - Knowledge

The importance of monitoring drivers’ sleep-related health issues

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

A tragic accident serves as a reminder to employers and drivers not to turn a blind eye to sleep-related conditions that could impact their ability to operate or drive a heavy vehicle.

30 March 2022 - Knowledge

How to pack, secure and load containerised cargo

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

We guide you through a 10-step checklist designed by the National Transport Commission to help you restrain loads safely and securely in freight containers and on heavy vehicles.

28 March 2022 - Knowledge

ACCC turns attention to anti-competitive behaviour in international trade

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Australia’s competition regulator has joined its counterparts in the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand to form a new ‘five eyes’ working group to curb anti-competitive conduct in the global supply chain. How can you prepare and avoid ‘the five’?

01 March 2022 - Knowledge

NHVR accepts $750,000 enforceable undertaking from Lindsay Transport Group

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has accepted an enforceable undertaking from the Lindsay Transport Group following a fatal truck accident in 2018. The $750,000 will be spent on implementing five key safety initiatives.

21 February 2022 - Knowledge

Managing the risks of transporting freight in shipping containers

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has released its first regulatory advice to help parties within the Chain of Responsibility identify and manage risks associated with transporting freight in shipping containers.

14 February 2022 - Knowledge

The ins and outs of heavy vehicle defects

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

We explain what a defective heavy vehicle is and answer some common questions about the three main types of defect notices – self-clearing, minor and major.

31 January 2022 - Knowledge

NHVR announces strategic direction for 2022

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has recently reviewed its 10-year strategy for regulating transport safety and productivity. We look at how the Regulator is tracking so far.

24 November 2021 - Knowledge

Do your load restraint policies leave you exposed?

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

We revisit the mass, dimension and loading requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law and discuss how the Master Industry Code of Practice can help your business stay on the safe side.

16 November 2021 - Knowledge

Roadmap to safety: 9-step safety management system

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

As we get back to ‘business as usual’, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has urged those involved in the heavy vehicle industry to revisit the 9 Step Safety Management System Roadmap.

20 October 2021 - Knowledge

Enforceable undertakings – NHVR’s new approach to contraventions of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has decided not to prosecute a construction company because they made an undertaking to resolve its business practices to mitigate against the risk of future breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

20 October 2021 - Knowledge

Major changes proposed to NSW Modern Slavery Act

#Procurement

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) now has a proposed commencement date and other impending amendments, courtesy of an amending bill introduced to NSW Parliament last week.

28 September 2021 - Knowledge

How technology can assist with HVNL compliance

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

We discuss how alertness-monitoring technology, electronic work diaries, GPS, speed limiters and On-Board Mass systems can assist heavy vehicle operators and their drivers to comply with the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

22 September 2021 - Knowledge

Q&A with the NHVR Director: Compliance and enforcement advice

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In this special Q&A, the Director of Statutory Compliance at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator explains their enforcement approach to breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

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