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Gavin Vallely

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Trade and Energy


Gavin is a Partner specialising in trade and energy.


Gavin has more than 20 years experience in international shipping and offshore oil & gas operations. He advises on rig & support vessel charters, ship sale & purchase and conversion/construction, and regulatory issues arising from offshore energy installation and port operations. He has acted for ship and terminal interests in numerous casualty and pollution incidents, and other major P&I claims including damage to cargo (contamination of petroleum products, chemicals, fertiliser and grain cargoes), berth damage, ITF boycotts, OH&S prosecutions and Port State Control issues. Gavin is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Australia and England & Wales.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

HFW’s ‘personable, extremely professional’ department is ‘impressively flexible’; when it comes to multi-jurisdictional work, ‘time differences, varied jurisdictions and cultural issues are handled with skill and efficiency’. The group’s key sector strengths are shipping and aviation, construction, insurance, energy and commodities. ‘Highly experienced, no-nonsense’ practice head Nick Longley, who ‘instils confidence that issues will be handled with the utmost professionalism and care’, specialises in construction litigation; he acted for engineering contractor Georgiou Group in a case regarding its liability for delays and variations. Insurance expert Richard Jowett, who has experience in class actions, is also recommended; Gavin Vallely, Matthew Blycha and Andrew Dunn are other names to note.

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Australia: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Gavin Vallely - HFW

Within: Shipping

HFW capitalises on its large global team, and all its Australian partners are dual qualified in Australia and the UK. The practice acted for Toll Shipping and its hull and machinery insurers on a claim against an engineering company regarding negligent workmanship; it also represented Triton Shipping as owners of the vessel OOCL Hong Kong in relation to a collision at Port Botany, with a total matter value of A$1.5m. Gavin Vallely’s strengths include ‘his in-depth knowledge of the industry and his commercial awareness of industry players; Hazel Brewer, Stephen Thompson and Nic van der Reyden are also recommended.

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