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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

18 September 2019 - Knowledge

Australia’s first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy – what, why and will it work? (Part 1)

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Australia’s first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy has been released, setting goals and targets for the transport industry to 2024. Over the next four weeks we will take a close look at the four critical action areas identified by the Australian Transport and Infrastructure Council’s Freight Strategy and examine how the supporting National Action Plan intends to deliver on each those areas.

09 September 2019 - Knowledge

Reviewing heavy vehicle law – is it ‘fit for purpose’?

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

An in-depth look into the National Transport Commission’s previous Issues Paper on Australia’s heavy vehicle law.

27 May 2019 - Knowledge

Exclusive jurisdiction clauses in lawyer’s Terms of Engagement

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Local courts (in some states, magistrates courts) are the lowest rung on the Australian jurisdictional ladder. Judgments of magistrates are seldom reported, but the decision in Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Ltd v Briton [2018] NSWLC 8 is a cautionary tale worth noting.