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Expertise

Nathan is a partner in the national Transport 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 one of Australia’s leading industry experts in the Transport sector, having been listed as one of the ‘Leading Australian Shipping Lawyers’ in Doyle’s Guide of Leading Lawyers since 2015 and ‘Australia’s Best Lawyers’ in the AFR Best Lawyers in Australia guide in the areas of Transportation, Shipping & Maritime, Trade and International Arbitration since 2016.

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

08 October 2019 - Knowledge

Director banned for Chain of Responsibility breach

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The case of R v Metropolitan Demolitions and Recycling Limited [2017] is a good example of what can happen to directors of companies that breach the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

01 October 2019 - Knowledge

Are you a criminal? Executive liability under the Heavy Vehicle National Law

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

For any business entity subject to any Chain of Responsibility safety duty, the executive for that business entity must ensure that the business is doing the right thing.

06 August 2019 - Knowledge

Shipping line fined $34.5 million for criminal cartel conduct

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The Federal Court has ordered Japanese shipping company, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd, to pay a fine of $35.5 million for criminal cartel conduct.