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LEVEL 39, BOURKE PLACE, 600 BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE, VIC 3000, AUSTRALIA
Tel:
Work +61 3 8601 4500
Fax:
Fax +61 3 8601 4555
Web:
www.hfw.com
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Gavin Vallely

Tel:
Work +61 (0)3 8601 4523
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HFW

Work Department

Shipping

Position

Partner

Career

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.


Australia

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

HFW's team focuses on contentious work in the firm’s core areas of practice shipping and aviation, construction, insurance, energy and commodities. Practice head Nick Longley is an ‘outstanding lawyer’ whose ‘knowledge and appropriateness of advice meet expectations’; he specialises in construction litigation and acted for design firm Arcadis Australia in a claim arising out of its involvement in a Victorian road project. Insurance expert Richard Jowett, who has experience in class actions, is also singled out; Gavin Vallely, Matthew Blycha and Andrew Dunn are other names to note. Simon Shaddick and Brendan McCashin have been promoted to partner.

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Australia: Transport

Transport: shipping

Within: Leading individuals

Gavin Vallely - HFW

Within: Transport: shipping

HFW’s ‘highly recommended’ team, headed by Gavin Vallely, is ‘the best we have used’; it is able to draw on the strength of its global shipping offering and includes Nic van der Reyden, who possesses ‘comprehensive subject matter expertise’, as well as ‘client focus and attention to cost’. The team has been acting for Triton Shipping in relation to a collision at Port Botany, a £1.3m case, which has been settled during London-based mediation proceedings, and notable work also included Vallely’s advice to the Federal Department of Employment on its amendments to the Seafarer’s Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992. Another strength is the team’s work in the offshore energy sector, where it attracts matters involving floating production storage and offloading units (FPSOs) and support vessels, oil and LNG transport vessels and the carriage of specialist cargoes. Hazel Brewer and Stephen Thompson are singled out; the team also includes newly promoted partner and shipping and marine disputes specialist Simon Shaddick.

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