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A leading international maritime expert, Gavin specialises in contentious and non-contentious matters concerning offshore oil & gas installations, commercial bulk & liner shipping and international trade. His work also includes advising on all forms of charterparties (including rigs and OSVs), and freight agreements, ship/offshore installation sale & purchase and construction, Australian regulatory requirements (including HSE, coastal shipping, tax and customs) and ports and terminals operations. Gavin regularly advises in relation to international arbitration and cross border litigation matters and is HFW Australia's contact partner for some of the highest profile shipping and trade organisations in Australia.


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


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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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