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Stephen Thompson



1 Bligh Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Office Telephone: +61 (0)2 9320 4600
Office Fax: +61 (0)2 9320 4666

Direct Dial (Sydney): +61 (0)2 9320 4646

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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.

Stephen is ranked in Chambers and Legal 500 Directories; Stephen's practice is described as "wide-ranging and includes work on the exportation and carriage of commodities, as well as the sale and purchase of ships, and marine insurance" (Chambers Asia Pacific). A client comments that Stephen "knows his stuff and works hard" (Legal 500).


The Sydney office is one of three HFW offices in Australia advising local and international clients.

With a focus on construction, infrastructure and property projects arising from offshore investment, and international commercial arbitration from commodities and shipping related commercial disputes, the office adds significant capability to our offering throughout Australia and South-East Asia.

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