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HFW

1 BLIGH STREET, SYDNEY, NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA
Tel:
Work +61 2 9320 4600
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Fax +61 2 9320 4666
Web:
www.hfw.com
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Stephen Thompson

Tel:
Work +61 (0)2 9320 4646
Email:
HFW

Work Department

Commodities

Position

Partner

Career

Stephen specialises in international trade, with a focus on shipping.
He advises on commercial shipping matters such as ship purchases and sales, port access agreements, charterparties, bills of landing and other shipping documents and commodities contracts, together with underlying financing and inland transportation agreements.Stephen often advises on contentious matters, representing shipowners, operators and charterers in disputes arising from vessel groundings, cargo infestations, cargo availability and other breaches under sea carriage documents, as well as assisting trading companies in disputes under their purchase/sale contracts. Stephen also represents major cruise liners in defending personal injury claims and other disputes.


Australia

Insurance

Within: Insurance

HFW ‘provides a good, responsive service’. Melbourne-based practice head Richard Jowett acted for a major mining company and its captive insurer in claims arising from an environmental disaster; he is also advising clients in relation to liability and negligence claims resulting from flooding. In Sydney, the ‘knowledgeable and diligent’ Andrew Dunn continues to represent IAG in a dispute relating to Bestobell’s Australian entities, and advised Rolls-Royce on a class action brought by passengers and crew of Qantas flight QF32, which was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore. Brendan McCashin has been promoted to partner. Stephen Thompson is another name to note.

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Australia: Transport

Transport: shipping

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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