Australia: Shipping 2018

In this chapter we identify 35 preeminent practitioners in the field of shipping law, whose outstanding work distinguishes them in a broad range of sector-related practice areas.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Frazer Hunt Mills Oakley, Sydney
2. Joe Hurley HWL Ebsworth, Sydney
3. Robert Springall Holman Fenwick Willan, Melbourne
4. Andrew Tulloch Colin Biggers & Paisley, Melbourne

Thynne + Macartney has three practitioners featured in this year’s edition. 
Brian White is a “very experienced and commercial” practitioner considered a “leading solicitor in this field” by peers. Interviewees call him a “definite inclusion” in the listings.
Matthew Hockaday is described as a “fantastic” shipping lawyer by interviewees. He is particularly well known for his expertise in insurance matters, including marine casualties and pollution incidents.
Michael Fisher is an “excellent operator” who is rated as a “leading solicitor in Queensland” for complex shipping issues.

HWL Ebsworth sees two of its practitioners chosen for this chapter.
Joe Hurley is “one of the pre-eminent” lawyers in this market and has a “very strong following out of London”. Sources laud him as “experienced and well liked by clients” for his work in the area.
Jesper Martens draws emphatic praise as “one of the best lawyers there is” in the shipping market in Australia. He has more than 25 years’ experience both in private practice and in-house.

Holman Fenwick Willan also performs well this year, securing two listings.
Robert Springall is “one of the leading shipping solicitors in Melbourne”, and is described as a “fantastic maritime lawyer” by peers. He is well known for his work in commercial shipping matters, including bills of lading, pollution and casualty investigation.Gavin Vallely, a “leading practitioner in Melbourne”, is “highly regarded” within maritime law circles thanks to his exceptional expertise in the industry.

We feature two of New Chambers’ members this year.  
Gregory Nell SC garners praise as “without doubt one of the top silks” in the shipping legal market in Australia. He is regarded as “a senior figure of the maritime bar”, whose 35 years in the field makes him one of the most experienced names around.
Angus Stewart SC operates “at the top of the maritime bar” in Australia, according to effusive interviewees. He wins praise for “making himself available whenever possible” and is said to be “adept at managing the available information”.

Holding Redlich achieves two listings this year.
Geoff Farnsworth is a “very strong” practitioner who is “experienced in both charter-party and grain trade work” and “outstanding for commodities”, say sources.
Peers indicate that Nathan Cecil is a “good up-and-coming solicitor” in maritime law. He represents a range of domestic and international owners, operators and manufacturers in compliance-related matters and dispute resolution.

Andrew Tulloch at Colin Biggers & Paisley is “one of the best” in the field and a “leading solicitor with lots of experience”, according to commentators. He is an insurance specialist with wide-ranging experience in domestic and overseas maritime matters.

At Mills Oakley, Frazer Hunt receives emphatic praise from peers as a “leading solicitor” who is “very strong in marine insurance”. He has “a reputation for excellent results” and is applauded for his “technical ability, quick response and strong relationships” with clients.

At Greenway Chambers, Edward Cox is a “leading junior counsel at the NSW bar”, who is “very strong, both when led and unled”, according to one peer.

Tim Cocks of Cocks Macnish, a “leading shipping lawyer in Perth” and across Western Australia, is “extremely well known and respected” by interviewees.  He has over 40 years’ experience in marine insurance and admiralty law matters.

Former solicitor Matthew Harvey based at Owen Dixon Chambers West receives plaudits as “the leading barrister” for shipping at the junior bar in Melbourne. He has standout expertise in bills of lading and charter parties as well as marine insurance.

Eleven Wentworth Chambers’ Andrew Bell SC is recognised by fellow practitioners as “one of the strongest names in international dispute resolution”, with notable experience within the shipping field.

Hicksons Lawyers’ Derek Luxford is “very senior and experienced” in the shipping market according to peers. He deploys his “great expertise” acting for stevedores, charterers and shipowners on a range of disputes.

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